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What We Love

  • Calm ocean water thanks to the offshore reef
  • Much of the staff is bilingual
  • Lobby chandeliers, dripping with more than 28,000 pieces of colored glass, are original to the hotel
  • The blooming wall of orchids in the lobby stairwell
  • Prints by famous Hawaii graphic designer John Melville Kelly, cultural artifacts and seashell shadow boxes lend a sense of place to the rooms
  • The quiet serenity of the hotel — sleep with your balcony doors open to the sounds of the sea

What To Know

  • Twenty-minute drive from the Honolulu Airport
  • Free shopping shuttle transports guests to the Kahala Mall, Ala Moana Shopping Center and the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki
  • Nightlife is limited to a quiet piano bar
  • Remote location means you’ll need to drive for entertainment beyond what the hotel offers
  • Most people choose to swim in the ocean, so the pool is on the small side


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu (Kahala), you’ll be close to Kapiolani Community College and Diamond Head. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Shell.

Make yourself at home in one of the 338 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). If you’d like to spend the day shopping, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle.

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Honolulu? This resort has 13000 square feet (1208 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

How to Get There

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816 United States


4.5 Very Good 3089 Reviews
Felt like Royalty
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful resort and hotel. Couldn't ask for a more pleasant and helpful staff. We were well taken care of. This is a luxury hotel so we could only afford to stay in the scenic room without balcony, but it was just fine. The beach was so nice and not over crowded at all. The food prices at the Seaside grill were about what we expected, but we did have some sticker shock at the other resort restaurants so we decided to stock up on some lunch meat and cereal for the week which saved us a lot. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Oahu.

Great Resort in Honolulu
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a few days of meetings and brought the family along. You can’t beat the Kahala. An outer island resort experience only 15 mins from Waikiki & downtown.
The property is beautiful and the service is amazing. My wife sent me this unsolicited text while I was in a meeting:
“I love this place. The service is awesome in an unpretentious and super friendly way.”
That is reflective of the wonderful staff that make the Kahala over the top.
If you’re in Honolulu, don’t miss the Kahala. Mahalo

Relaxing and Wonderful
Reviewed 4 days ago

The hotel was amazing, highly recommend booking a session with the photographers on staff! The kids loved seeing the dolphins and turtles and the buffet breakfast was great. We would certainly go back.

Elegant, comfortable and worth every penny
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed here with eleven people , age range of 23 to 88, spread over six different types of rooms. We were very well taken care of at every turn.
The rooms are extremely comfortable, spacious with all the amenities you could want. The property itself is massive with all kinds of different room options.
The large clean beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming for all ages. There is a floating anchored raft which is fun to swim out to and jump off of. The snorkeling is very limited. There are plenty of well padded large beach lounge chairs with adjustable canopies up and down the beach and on the massive lawn. The lawn has plenty of room for play. There is a large pool which is slightly overwhelmed by children. The jacuzzi could be larger as it can’t fit enough people that want to use it.
The on-site Spa is elegant and the employees, masseuses and masseurs are very professional.
The Plumeria Beach House serves a fantastic breakfast buffet; we tended to load up here and have very light lunches. The dinners are okay and the menu is limited. Have someone go down and put your name in for a table at breakfast time, they don’t take reservations the wait can be 30 minutes or more, especially on weekends.
Seaside Grill is your standard burgers,sandwiches, nachos and tropical cocktails and non alcoholic cocktails. Convenient but expensive and not memorable.
Arancino is a good Italian restaurant. We liked it best for getting excellent pizzas to go, we would pick them up, and bringing them to the beach.
Hoku was a disappointment, the food and service weren’t at all matched to the price.
The Veranda was visited almost nightly by the 87 year old in our party for a cocktail and to listen to the beautiful live music.
Yes the Kahala is very expensive.
But you get more than you pay for, the price is justifiable.
A very special Thank You to Ryo Morimoto for his patience and dedication to making sure our large group was well taken care of at every juncture.

Pure indulgence in a quiet location ...
Reviewed 7 days ago

This is an amazing resort located only 10-15 minutes away from Waikiki. The beach is spectacular and although there is no surf it is perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, snorkeling and just relaxing. The pool is small but there’s enough space for everyone. The food and service are exemplary and there is plenty of opportunity just to enjoy and indulge. We will be returning, hopefully soon ...