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
I feel for our three days over to Oahu was good, the Hotel we chose was perfect for 3 days. Anything more than that, I am not sure we would have survived. To boring in some respects but the food and atmosphere were amazing.
Halekulani is gorgeous!
The rooms are beautiful, large light and all have a balcony. The bathrooms are enormous with every amenity you could ever wish for. The wardrobe doors open up from the bathroom and bedroom so you can look straight out at the amazing views from the bathroom.
The staff are wonderful and nothing is every too much trouble. Once you've checked in, the person who checks you in will escort you to your room and show you where everything is located as well as go through the layout of the property. Concierge will bring your bags up to your room within minutes of you walking in the door.
Housekeeping clean your room/bathroom and stock up on the amenities twice daily.
Halekulani is a Virtuoso property and I can't recommend it enough!
We got married on the Hau Terrace at the Halekulani Hotel and we stayed here for 3 days. I cannot say enough about how exceptional everything was.
Wedding: The setting was perfect, the food was fantastic, the Mai Tai’s were potent and service was outstanding. There were leftovers from the cocktail hour and they packed up some food for us so we could have some late night snacks.
Room: We upgraded to a Junior Ocean suite and it was beyond expectations. The view of Diamond Head and the Ocean was breathtaking. The bed is super comfortable and we would often sleep with the windows open and shutters closed to hear the ocean waves. The suite was perfect for getting ready on the wedding day. All the thoughtful little things made this hotel stand out above the rest. Fruit plate upon arrival. Complimentary water and Coola sunscreen. Charger cord organizer, bookmarks, L’Occitane hand lotion and more! It was great to have a walk in closet with ample room and extra drawers.
Hotel: The hotel grounds are beautiful and well spaced. The pool area was very peaceful and relaxing. When you visit the attendant for your towels, they help you pick your spot and they have fitted lounge chair towels. I visited the Spa and it was also super relaxing and peaceful. A great way to chill out before wedding day.
Food: Halekulani has a great reputation for their food and it did not disappoint. We had great meals at House Without a Key, by the pool (get the fries!!) ordered room service and of course the food at our wedding - everything was outstanding. All the staff who helped to organize our rehearsal, reception and after party gatherings were so helpful. Thanks to Pamela, Darrell, Keith and Joel. We had the help of our amazing wedding planner, Gina and her team, from Perfection International.
Service: Exceptional!!!! From the moment we handed our luggage to the valet team, to check in, to being escorted to our suite, room service, housekeeping, pool, spa, restaurant and banquet service - this is what differentiated our stay. They truly are focused on outstanding and memorable service and it shows.
Yes, it is a splurge to stay here but if you can indulge, you will never forget it and you will feel pampered, taken care of and relaxed.
We've stayed here a few times now and the service is always excellent although our reservation never entirely seems to be in order on arrival (we always request interconnecting rooms with our kids although it never seems to make it to the Front Desk) The rooms are well appointed and the nightly turn-down gift a nice touch. We had a private group dinner in La Mer and the service is unsurpassed in Hawaii, as is the quality of the meal. Truly old-school white - glove fine dining. They also happen to make the BEST Mai Tais.
Yes, this is an oasis on what is currently Waikiki. Yes, the rooms are smaller - and everything was perfectly at my fingertips. Really no reason to leave the hotel. The Staff make this hotel. From Jane the beautiful haired woman who checked us in - to the 2 men reclaiming a king bed out of two singles (who knew) who were ever pleasant and watching the warriors game with us; all the staff in the restuarants. The staff are professionals - and smile regularly - they are not some high school or college kids "getting through" their job. It makes a huge difference when you need a vacation and are treated like they are actually happy you are there. The restaurants do everything to accommodate your food menu changes or requests. The Pool staff put up with your moving chairs and needing towels, etc. etc. While yes- the beach is small - its perfect for soaking in the ocean - the turquoise water is like a healing magnet for the body. It's a wedding factory. Think we saw 5 beautiful weddings out of the 5 days we were there. If you need some large Vegas room - this is not your place.