The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a luxury resort located on the island of Oahu in Honolulu’s exclusive residential area of Kahala. The resort unveils itself at the end of Kahala Avenue set on a pristine white sand beach, just ten minutes from the world-class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki.
In January 1964, the Kahala opened its doors on prime beachfront next to the famous Waialae Country Club private golf course. The rest is history, with five decades worth of illustrious guests, from royalty to heads of state and Hollywood stars.
Inspired by the great homes of the Hawaiian monarchy, with its elegant and grand residential feel, the hotel was originally designed by architects Edward Killingsworth, Jules Brady and Waugh Smith of Long Beach, California.
Then known as the Kahala Hilton, the resort cost $12 million to build, and was the first major resort to have air-conditioning in all rooms.
In a few months, the resort capitalized on its relatively removed location, thanks to its entrée to the Hollywood community. Not long after the resort’s opening, the management of NBC booked every room for its annual affiliates meeting and brought in a bevy of Hollywood stars.
The Kahala resort attracted countless film and television stars with its exclusive setting, exemplary service, and regard for privacy. Weekend afternoons around the pool were veritable who’s who of the silver screen, with the likes of John Wayne and Frank Sinatra lounging in chaise lounges with sunglasses and cool drinks.
The Kahala also became the hotel for royalty, heads of state, and legends of the sporting, musical, and literary worlds. Despite its reputation for attracting the rich and famous, the resort also became a legendary gathering place for Honolulu’s local society.
In the last decade, the Kahala Hotel & Resort has become a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and continues the privileged position among celebrities and islanders.
“Feel like a movie star and let yourself get spoiled before your cruise!”
A Modern Oasis Offering A Refreshing Balance Of Energy And Relaxation In A Lively, Urban Location.
The Waikiki resort hotel offers two restaurants conceived by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Every space has been envisioned by an award-winning design firm, Rockwell Group. Fresh, welcoming, and relaxing, it’s an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Waikiki.
Experience our open-air lobby and captivating 280,000 gallon Oceanarium unique to Honolulu resorts. The destination pool deck with private cabanas offers a saltwater infinity pool, a shallow-water pool and club for kids, and a pool bar that seamlessly transitions from day to night. With a location steps from Waikiki Beach, it’s where Hawaii vacations turn moments into memories
The resort is proudly named in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Beloved by her people, she was a music composer, an author and an ardent supporter of her culture. Her spirit is infused into the resort, which shares the same privileged location as her beachside home Ke’alohilani, meaning the royal brightness.
“Oahu is a place where I have always had a great affinity for the island’s people and culture, and I consider it to be a home away from home.”