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
You could stay anywhere in paradise and enjoy it but if you want to experience it then stay here! Imagine having dinner by the ocean with a cool breeze while former Miss Hawaii is dancing to authentic Hawaiian music. The food spectacular and the service I have yet to experience anywhere else in Hawaii. The only regret I have ever had there was leaving.
This is what Halekulani means and is what you’ll see at this wonderful hotel. My husband and I just spent a week at the Halekulani. We were there with our teenaged sons in 2012. The hotel has not changed. It’s simply elegant and peaceful, which can be a wonderful escape from the noise of Waikiki beach. The service is first class, from housekeeping to poolside. The concierge desk is very helpful and recommended wonderful outings (Shangri-La and Kamaka Ukulele). The spa has wonderful service. Restaurants are great. If you have time, take the hotel tour with Hi’inani. She covers not only the history of the property but the city of Honolulu too. To us, this is the only hotel in Honolulu. Try the Mai-tai poolside!
Stayed here over 20 years ago for a short stay when returning from the Mainland to Sydney but here for 10 nights this time. time.We arrived early morning after an overnight flight and were able to have our bags taken care of when arriving by the door staff and we were shown to a lounge area for refreshments or to change so we could use the pool area while we waited to check into our room, it had shower, lockers and complimentary drinks and fruit. The hotel has a wonderful setting with the Pool and gardens where you can seek some shelter on the grassed area on the lounges or closer to the pool if you wish. Breakfast buffet is adjacent to the pool area in the House With No Key and looking towards the ocean, rooms havn't changed a lot in decor but thats the charm of the hotel but it looked clean and in good shape, only thing i would say is there are no coffee/tea making facilities in the rooms, you have to ring down to get delivered to your room which is a slight hassle. Hawaiian music/ singer is played most evenings at HouseWNKey so you can sit around and have a drink and that can also be heard at the other restaurants also if you are dining on the property. One evening we were waiting for a taxi to go to Nobu for dinner and the door staff kindly offered to drive us over in the hotel's SUV. Great service and great facilities, will be back.