The legendary Kahala Hotel & Resort has been offering a serene and secure oceanfront environment for its guests for almost half a century.
Since opening in 1964, the Kahala has hosted every American President since Lyndon Baines Johnson, legions of foreign royalty and dignitaries, a plethora of cinema and rock stars, and even the Dalai Lama. A $52 million renovation project on its rooms, signature suites and public areas was completed in 2009 bringing the resort firmly into the 21st century.
At the very end of one of O‘ahu’s most scenic drives around the iconic Diamond Head Crater landmark, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is private and secluded without being remote. It’s situated in one of O‘ahu’s most exclusive residential neighbourhoods fronting an 800-foot stretch of sugary white-sanded beach. The well-manicured greens of the prestigious Waialae Country Club border the property on one side while the ocean protects its borders and limits access on the other.
Just minutes away is Kahala Mall with shopping, theatre and restaurants, the Islamic-styled ocean-side estate of famed heiress Doris Duke, and Honolulu’s largest Farmer’s Market. Just a little further a field is Oahu’s cosmopolitan ocean playground – Waikiki, some of Hawaii’s great snorkelling and surfing beaches – Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach, and challenging world-class golf courses – Ko’olau and Luana Hills Country Club. Honolulu International Airport is a quick and convenient 12 miles away on the H-1 freeway.
Away from home comforts
The Kahala’s Tower and Dolphin wings feature 338 elegant rooms with contemporary comforts such as wireless internet access, his-and-her vanities and closets and Sony 40-inch flat screened LCD TVs.
Views range from ocean expanses with Diamond Head and Koko Head Craters, to golf fairways and lush tropical gardens.
The Kahala Kai and Kahala Beach Suites offer increased seclusion and privacy near the Dolphin Lagoon and are only steps away from beautiful Kahala Beach. They create a contemporary and distinctly island-style ambience complete with dining table and an outdoor barbecue grill perfect for entertaining family or up to 50 guests.
The Presidential Suite, with its magnificent ocean views, is favoured by guests for its residential grand beach estate feel. The two-bedroom living space features dark woods, clean white details and a demure colour scheme.
The Imperial Suite is a spacious, 2,200 square foot sanctuary offering separate master bedroom, living room, and office spaces designed with Hawaiian residential sensibilities for increased comfort. The apartment features commanding views of the Pacific Ocean from Koko Head to Diamond Crater.
This suite has hosted England’s Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana; India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan; and Monaco’s Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, among many other celebrities, Heads of State and captains of global industry.
At your leisure
The Kahala Spa, with its serene outdoor lounge, couples’ massage and treatment rooms and exclusive brands of spa products, is an idyllic spot for pampering and rejuvenation for all. Hawaii is a pre-eminent wellness destination and so the spa embraces Hawaiian culture as well as techniques from around the world. Treatments are inspired by the beliefs of the ancient Hawaiians and infused with influences of Asian cultures. Each treatment room has 550 square feet of space and features a personal relaxation area, changing area, private shower and landscaped courtyard of native Hawaiian flora.
Complementary scuba, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding lessons, or hands-on experiences in Hawaiian crafts such as lei making, hula, or strumming a ukulele are regularly scheduled for guests’ enjoyment. A team of Kahala Beach Butlers brings on the pampering whether poolside or on the beach, with food beverage service and Wi-Fi connections. Children can enjoy The Kahala’s Keiki Club and adventure activities such as reef walks, bamboo pole fishing, and Hawaiian arts and crafts.
Personal trainers at the CHI Health Energy fitness centre will customise a complete fitness program in consultation with guests’ home fitness counsellors and Pilates, hula aerobics and beach workout classes are also available. Golf outings, eco-tours and ocean adventures such as deep-sea fishing, parasailing or whale watching, can all be easily arranged through Kahala’s full-service concierge.
The Kahala’s exquisite fine dining opportunities include five restaurants and lounges from which to choose. As an example, the renowned and award-winning Hoku’s offers gourmet Asian and Pacific-influenced cuisine under the skilled and creative hands of master chef Wayne Hirabayashi.
Swim with the playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins in Kahala’s 26,000 square foot natural lagoon. The Dolphin Quest trainers offer daily education programs where guests can experience these wonderful animals up-close.
Daily rate from £304 / €363 / $475
Visit www.kahalaresort.com or call +1 (808) 739 8888