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Press Releases

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Wakako Sasaki
Senior Marketing Manager
+1 (808) 739-8786
wsasaki@kahalaresort.com

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Hotel Facts:

Location

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is located on the island of Oahu just ten minutes from Waikiki in the most prestigious residential area known as Kahala. The resort is situated among exotic gardens complete with a waterfall and lagoon which is home to fun-loving Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. The property sits on a secluded crescent shaped beach overlooking both Diamond Head and Koko Head craters.

Description

The Kahala Hotel & Resort features 338-rooms, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, and the quiet tranquility of the resort’s Dolphin Lagoon. The legendary resort was originally built by Conrad Hilton who fashioned it as a secluded, exclusive retreat away from the boom of Waikiki. After it opened in 1964, it was soon embraced by the Hollywood community and became a magnet for celebrities and wealthy world travelers seeking a luxurious and private hideaway. Today, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is still a gathering place for the glitterati. In addition, families, couples and even business travelers have also discovered the virtues of this world-class resort.

Guest Rooms

Our 338 beautiful rooms and sumptuous suites are a study in luxury. Every one is generously proportioned and furnished in a luxury residential style we call Kahala Chic. Glass sliding doors open onto views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, Diamond Head and Koko Head craters, or the tranquil Dolphin Lagoon.

As one magazine has described, The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s rooms are “immediately embracing. All the things that make a person feel happy and balanced – light, beauty, cleanliness, order – greet you when you walk into the rooms.” The beds are a study in super comfort, covered in silky smooth luxury linens. Everywhere you turn is a touch of luxe – luxury towels, chenille robes, luxury toiletries, oversized showerheads, state-of-the-art technology with large LCD flat screen televisions, new style coffeemakers and a functional desk with wireless high speed internet connectivity. Prints by early 20th Century French artist Paul Jacoulet and shell designs adorn the rooms’ walls.

Amenities

Full-service Business Center
Concierge services
Limousine transportation
24-hour medical service
Dry cleaning services
Babysitting services
Multi-lingual staff
Room service
Island sightseeing tours
In-room safe
Bedside iHome players
Complimentary newspaper
Complimentary morning coffee service
Complimentary Internet

Dining

Hoku’s – Hoku’s, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers Oahu’s most innovative dining known for it’s contemporary Island Cuisine. Its breathtaking oceanfront setting is enjoyed by every diner thanks to a multi-level layout. Hoku’s (meaning star in Hawaiian) serves dinner and Sunday brunch prepared in an open kitchen, complete with a fresh sushi bar.

Plumeria Beach House – This casual beachside restaurant offers all-day, open-air dining. Sunset entertainment, outdoor grilling, and twilight dinners are also featured.

The Veranda – An elegant open-air lounge with panoramic ocean views. Cocktails, dancing and relaxing by day, sunset or moonlight.

Seaside Grill – Guests enjoy grilled seafood specialties in this alfresco beachfront restaurant.

Arancino at The Kahala Hotel & Resort – The newest culinary addition is Arancino at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. This ristorante opened June 18, 2013 and offers Italian cuisine for a la carte lunch and prix fixe dinner daily.

Beach Activities

An 800-foot stretch of ivory, sandy beach borders the resort’s main swimming pool and the new children’s pool. Complete water sports rentals are available including kayaks, rafts, sailboats, skin diving and snorkeling equipment.

Dolphin Lagoon

In the peaceful waters of the resort’s Dolphin Lagoon, home to playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, guests may enjoy an unforgettable experience. The Adult Dolphin Quest Encounter is available for guests ages 11 and older and carefully supervised by expert animal behaviorists. The interactive experience includes shallow water interaction and awesome underwater views of these special mammals. For children, a 2-hour Children’s The Quest program is available for small groups of kids ages five to 10. The educational experience also includes tropical fish, stingrays and turtles. Space for the dolphin encounters is limited and reservations are recommended.

The Kahala Spa

Experience paradise in the luxurious Kahala Spa and indulge in treatments that merge philosophies and techniques from around the world, embracing Hawaiian culture and traditional therapies. A welcome foot ritual precedes every body treatment except the Salt & Oil Scrub. Revitalize your mind and spirit with the signature 180-minute full body treatments that will leave you in a state of meditative repose.

CHI Health Energy Fitness Center

The Kahala Hotel & Resort features the state-of-the-art CHI Health Energy Fitness Center complete with a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi. Exercise classes and personal trainers are also available.

Shopping

The exclusive shopping arcade features a host of premier boutiques and shops, including an art gallery, sundry shop and full-service beauty salon. Nearby shopping includes Kahala Mall, Royal Hawaiian shopping center and the Waikiki’s popular Ala Moana Center, one of the largest open-air shopping malls in the United States.

Meeting & Event Spaces

Maile Ballroom

Square footage: 5,200 square feet Seating capacity: 400 banquet 320 classroom

Waialae Room

Square footage: 2,700 square feet Seating capacity: 200 banquet 100 classroom Kainoa I and II Meeting

Rooms Square footage: 415 square feet Seating capacity: 24 banquet / 18 U-shape / 24 classroom Kainoa

Board Room Square footage: 221 square feet Seating capacity: 10 conference

Kahala Historical Facts

The groundbreaking of the Kahala Hotel & Resort was in 1962.

The resort opened in 1964.

The resort cost $12 million to build. Architects were Edward Killingsworth, Jules Brady and Waugh Smith of Long Beach, California. Both Mr. Brady and Mr. Smith were former Honolulu-based architects.

The resort site is 6.5 acres.

The resort used the post-and-beam construction on a grand scale that has since become one of Killingsworth’s hallmarks.

More than 100 coconut palms were planted. 18,000 yards of fine sand were barged from Molokai island to pad the 1800-foot stretch of beach.

The resort opened on January 22, 1964.

Room rates at the newly open Kahala Hilton were at $26 and a night in the Presidential Suite cost $150. Forty years later, in 2007, the room rates start at $395 and the daily rate of Presidential Suite is $4,000.

Two man-made peninsulas were created at each end of the resort beach. They acted as devices to keep costly sand from being lost to tidal action as well as giving a picturesque tropical touch to the sun-soaked vista.

The dolphin lagoon is four feet above sea level.

The waterfall is not only used as a picturesque backdrop but is used to cool the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s air conditioning system.

The resort was almost named Waialae Hilton but it was changed due to the difficulty in spelling the name. This is the first major resort to have air-conditioning in all the rooms

To this day, the resort has one of the largest deluxe rooms in Hawaii with more than 550 square feet each and his-and-her bathroom vanities and walk-in closets.

There are 28,000 multi-colored pieces of lava glass on the chandeliers

Three acres of Thai-teak parquetry were placed on the hotel’s floors

Baseball great Joe DiMaggio was one of the first guests who dined at the Maile restaurant on opening day.

The first Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to inhabit the lagoon were named Uku, Nihoa and Kui.

They were flown in 4,500 miles from Gulfport, Mississippi.

Entertainer Danny Kaleikini began performing in the Hala Terrace in 1967, signing a five-year contract that would make him a millionaire many times over. His long-staying run at the Kahala Hotel & Resort would net him a nomination in the Guinness Book of Records.

Every U.S. President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush have stayed at the resort since its opening Former Honolulu Advertiser columnist Eddie Sherman referred to the resort as The Ka-hollywood due to the frequent number of celebrities spotted lounging at the pool and restaurants. Star Bulletin writer Ben Wood called the Kahala Hotel & Resort the bunkhouse of the stars. Author Joan Didion had written in an Esquire magazine piece in which she described the Kahala Hotel & Resort as the place where Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show guests go to rest.

In the 1970’s, the Maile Restaurant had the only Tibetan wine steward in the world. 

Two penguins came to spend the day as guests of the dolphins on their birthday in 1984, and remained at the resort until 1995.

A beach bar was opened and used as the location for Rick’s Bar in the TV series Magnum P.I. The bar is now a popular wedding venue and has been renamed Kahala O Ke Kai.

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Families are Forever

With plenty of onsite activities, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is the perfect island getaway for you and your keiki (children).

Day 1: Fun In The Sun

  • Soak up the warm Hawaiian sunshine at our outdoor pool and hot tub. Rent a cabana for the day so you can lounge peacefully while the kids make a splash. With pool toys available for purchase, they’ll never run out of things to do! When you get hungry, there’s no need to go far. Enjoy a light meal at our poolside restaurant, Seaside Grill.
  • In the afternoon, get to know the playful Bottlenose Dolphins who live in our natural water lagoon. This experience is fun for the whole family, and you’ll get to feed, play and swim with these amazing creatures. Learn more about our partner, Dolphin Quest.
  • End the day with an oceanside dinner at Plumeria Beach House. Enjoy fresh island-inspired cuisine as you watch the sun dip below the horizon.

Day 2: Explore Waikiki

  • In the morning, let the kids indulge their creativity at our weekly Hawaiian Culture Classes, which include lei making, lauhala weaving and more.* View the calendar.
  • While they learn, why not treat yourself to a relaxing Couples Massage at the Kahala Spa? We are proud to partner with Aloha Sitters to offer child-sitting services so you can give yourself a much-deserved break. View spa services.
  • After a quick lunch at Plumeria Beach House, hop on our complimentary shuttle to the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. From there, it’s a short walk to the Waikiki Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo where your family can spend the afternoon marveling at the creatures of the deep or meeting friendly beasts from around the world.
  • Head back to your room to freshen up and enjoy cocktails and dinner service at The Veranda. Enjoy live music from local musicians every Thursday - Saturday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Learn more.
    *Activities are subject to change. Please see our events calendar for more information.

Day 3: Snorkel & Beach Adventure

  • Wake up bright and early to go snorkeling at the legendary Hanauma Bay. Please note that reservations must be made in advance to enter the park.
  • Return home to spend a golden afternoon on the secluded beach in front of our hotel, where the gentle waves are safe for all ages. For your convenience, we offer beach gear including snorkels and fins, bodyboards, kayaks and paddle boards.
  • Create lasting memories with a sunset photo session on the beach. As a guest, you can book a 45-minute photo shoot on our grounds with Pacific Dream Photography. Learn more.
  • Afterward, tuck into a delicious meal at Arancino’s, voted Best Italian Restaurant in Hawaii.

Sunset Sweethearts

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a top destination for honeymoons and anniversaries. Celebrate your love with a romantic retreat to paradise.

Day 1: Discover Kahala

  • Wake up to the relaxing Hawaiian tradewinds blowing through your suite and stunning views of the mountains or sea.
  • Don’t let this luxury go to waste. Order our Grand Breakfast service delivered to your door for one-of-a-kind breakfast in bed. View menu.
  • In the afternoon, rent a pair of our cruiser bikes to explore the beautiful neighborhood of Kahala and soak in the gorgeous views. Stop by Kahala Mall to browse the stores and recharge with a light meal or beverage, or see a movie.
  • Rest a while and freshen up, then change into your evening attire and make your way to The Veranda, our open-air dining room. Visit Thursday - Saturday to sip delicious Mai Tais while listening to live entertainment by Hawaii’s top local talent.

Day 2: Indulge Your Senses

  • On your second day, rent a car at our on-property car rental desk and head west for a leisurely drive around Diamond Head. If it’s a Saturday, stop by the KCC Farmer’s Market to sample fresh produce and browse handcrafted gifts. Afterward, continue on to the eclectic neighborhood of Kaimuki, known for its vibrant art and food scene.
  • After returning for a short nap, head to the Kahala Spa for our signature Romance Treatment, which includes a customized full-body massage, a deep soak tub with rose petals and a soothing facial.
  • At sunset, head down to Hoku’s for a decadent four-course dinner. With views of the ocean and a selection of wine fines, it’s the perfect place end a night a paradise.

Day 3: Lover’s Retreat

  • On your last morning, indulge in a late start to your day.
  • After brunch at Plumeria Beach House, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art for a guided tour of Shangri La, a historic Islamic-inspired estate perched on Black Point.
  • Return back home to rest, or read a good book by the pool.
  • At golden hour, take a romantic walk on our stunning shoreline, hand-in-hand. Have your cocktails hand-delivered from Seaside Grill as you enjoy happy hour on the beach.
  • For dinner, book a table for two at Arancino’s and savor the elegant flavors of Italy over a bottle of wine.