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
First of all this is a very nice hotel. Friendly helpful staff . Actually the staff are the best part. The pool is very underwhelming. When sitting poolside, you can’t see the ocean. It’s still beautiful but for the money, I just expect better views while lounging by the pool. Also, no bar by the pool? This is just a poor business model. Missing out on so much money not having a bar poolside. The rooms are standard, about the same as a decent Hilton you’d find off the 10 highway anytown USA . Small bathrooms. The restaurant, house without a key is terrific with great live music but overpriced for sure. $430 for four people. I know Hawaii is expensive, I don’t mind dropping that type of money on five star meals but this was no better than a strip mall restaurant. Again, awesome staff. I could have just skipped everything I just wrote and said , least bang for buck. Stay at the royal Hawaiin or Hilton Waikiki or the Sheraton, four seasons or anywhere else . I guess you are just paying for location .
I stayed here for 5 nights in an Oceanfront room. The room was beautiful, looking straight out over the pool area to the ocean. I traveled with friends, one of whom had a Diamond Head view room and one who had an Oceanview room. Each of the room categories was of equally high standard, with the only difference being the view from the rooms. Each room has a balcony with seating for two at a small table, plus a sun lounger. A lovely touch at the nightly turn down service was a small gift each night. A further lovely touch was that every staff member I passed greeted me with a warm hello, and every staff member who had knowledge of my room number greeted me by name. The pool was beautiful and the small beach adjacent to the hotel was also beautiful - warm but refreshing water, not crowded and no rowdy guests. Lots of multi-generational families enjoying a holiday together.
This was our second time staying in Halekulani hotel and our experience this time is even better than the last time we stayed in (last time was back in July 2016), and that's mainly due to the amazing staff of the hotel which really made a huge difference for us enjoying our stay in the hotel.
I must also identify one outstanding member of the Halekulani family who made us feel we are in Paradise. That's Mr. Francisco Hernandez, Chef Concierge of the Halekulani hotel. He is a good man and he really looked after me and my family and made sure that we are having fun (by assisting us organize activities and adventures trips ) as well as finding dinner tables at top restaurants in such a short notice.
Mr. Francisco made us feel like royalty and we thank him from his kind care and assistance .
He is one of the good people behind this Paradise called Halekulani.
The hotel it self is a Piece of Art. The hotel have it's own Luau every evening between 5 and 8 pm with the best Mai tai drink in the island. Signature Jazz bar and amazing food. There is so much to do in the hotel that we didn't have to go out of it.
The hotel is amazing in every way (entertainment, food, recreation, staff and especially the Concierge of the hotel ). I recommend anybody once they check-in to go directly to the Concierge because they are a wealth of information and so helpful.
All the best and love to the staff of the Halekulani hotel and especially Mr. Francisco Hernandez Chef Concierge for making our vacation so fun and memorable.
August 1st - 8th, 2019
From Kuwait with Love