What We Love
- Five restaurant and lounge options
- Top-notch personalized service
- Views of Diamond Head from the Vera Wang-designed Halekulani Suite
What To Know
- The resort was renovated in 2012
- While there are plenty of indulgent services, family-friendly activities are limited
- The atmosphere is formal and classy
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When your name translates to “house befitting heaven,” there are some high standards to be met. Halekulani exceeds those standards with personalized service. In July 2012 Halekulani completed the upgrades to all guestrooms and suites, reinvigorating the hotel’s accommodations in harmony with its original, unique design themes, all built around its legendary “seven shades of white” interior color palette. Each of Halekulani’s three restaurants offers its own distinct style amid stunning views of the sea. Select from La Mer for luxurious fine dining, Orchids for casual elegance, or House Without A Key for a relaxed ambience to enjoy the sunset.
In the Area
Ever since Duke Kahanamoku started teaching malihini (newcomers) to surf, Waikiki has been the best place on Oahu to learn the ancient Hawaiian art of wave riding. Hans Hedemann Surf School will have you hanging ten in no time. To eat like a local, amble down Kapahulu Avenue and stop at Leonard’s Bakery for hot malasadas (Portuguese-style doughnuts), Waiola Shave Ice stand, Haili’s Hawaiian Foods or the Rainbow Drive-In, President Obama’s childhood favorite. Blazed by the U.S. military in 1908, the mile-long path up Diamond Head, an extinct volcano, passes concrete bunkers and barrels through a 225-foot tunnel before reaching the panoramic summit. On the beach, university-run Waikiki Aquarium harbors a diversity of marine critters, from tanks of glowing jellyfish and giant clams to endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
How to Get There
My wife and I loved this hotel. It's the class of Waikiki, from the restaurants to the incredibly good jazz club that has music every night. The staff is wonderfully helpful and the facilities are first rate. We also loved the Hawaiian music and dancing every evening over cocktails. I give this hotel 4 stars, as it does not have a real beach or importantly, easy beach access to Waikiki Beach. Otherwise, everything about this hotel is five stars all the way.
I write this savoring each moment of my time at the Halekulani. After a long flight, it was such a delight to arrive and be greeted so enthusiastically and treated so graciously. The grounds were so breathtaking, and the staff so genuinely kind. Michael King and Patricia Tam had upgraded me to a sweeping Diamond head view, and Ms. Tam had personalized a lovely note with a delicious bottle of wine.
My room was appointed so beautifully, and the amazing view was captivating. This is a very special property, a true oasis, and with a location that is so easy to navigate. I highly recommend the Halekulani without hesitation.
We stayed here for our honeymoon and birthday and everything was exceptional. We got an upgrade on arrival and champagne and strawberries to celebrate our honeymoon. The staff was amazing, the best service we've ever had. I would come back to Honolulu just to stay at this hotel. Beautiful grounds as well.