The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
History. Heritage. Private Beachfront Retreat. These are the words that embody the Kahala Hotel and Resort.
One of the oldest landmark hotels in Oahu, the Kahala is ‘the’ place to stay if you wish to be away from the traffic and tourist traps that are Waikiki.
20-25 minutes UBER (Uber or Lyft are allowed at HNL airport) or Taxi from the Airport, the Kahala is located right on the beach, adjacent to the Waimea private golf clubs and residences. And here is where one finds “Hawaii”. The noise of the ocean right on your balcony. Palm Trees. Quality restaurants. It is 15 minutes to Waikiki although the complementary shuttle takes 25 minutes.
A complementary shuttle requires advanced reservation (preferably a day or two before - so plan ahead or call concierge in advance of arrival). Nearby is the Kahala Mall 1.1 miles away with a large whole food supermarket and light shopping. The next stop on the shuttle is Ala Moana which needs no introduction as the largest and busiest open air mall in the US. Following this, luxury row adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Residences near Waikiki main and then onto the stop next to DFS Galleria.
The Kahala is owned by a Japanese consortium and is reflected by both staff, service and clientele.
Rooms are dated, in keeping with the age of the hotel yet still clean and well appointed. We recommend being on the beachfront category which offers gorgeous views and the beach being a minute’s walk away. King sized bed was comfortable as were the feather pillows. Simple bath and shower. Brewed coffee, mini-fridge and the usual hotel room amenities. Power points are readily available. The beachfront rooms have a small “lanai” or balcony seating two chairs and a small table. The white sand beach calm, warm with the opportunity for paddle boarding although quality snorkeling is best found elsewhere.
Being a busy, spread out hotel - room service, housekeeping and turndown can often be ‘late’ although a quick phone call rectifies things quickly. Breakfast at Plumeria is fine, with mostly continental and American breakfast buffet fare. If you book via various loyalty programs (e.g. Leading Hotels of the World, American Express FHR, Virtuoso) then it is complementary. Be aware there is a 5-10 minute wait time during peak hours after 8am. Hoku, it’s signature restaurant offers fresh Hawaiian seafood and although not quite “Michelin” quality was some of the freshest seafood we have had the pleasure of trying on three islands in Hawaii.
Within the resort is the partner Dolphin Quest. Controversial for dolphins in captivity, many tourists were iPhone snapping away at the dolphins constantly during the day. They are literally swimming right there in the middle of the hotel. As is one green turtle and fish in the lagoon.
Would we recommend the Kahala? Yes. It’s not Kapalua Bay on Maui but it’s probably one of the closest thing to a resort that one can find in the ‘miniature L.A” and hustle bustle that is Oahu.
Want a quiet oasis away from Waikiki? This is your place. I hate the hustle and bustle in Waikiki. You could stay here for a couple of days and not even have to leave the resort.
Dolphin Quest-we’ve done the dolphin experience a few times over the years, highly recommend if you’re into this kind of thing.
Wednesday curry buffet (Thai, Indian, Japanese style) lunch is a great deal, highly recommend this as well!
High Tea on the Veranda - so fancy and so fun. Great with girlfriends or just because. Kinda pricey for tea but take lots of pics (yolo!) and only do it once.
Plumeria Beach Cafe - great brunch on weekend, awesome selection for other meals, the French fries are INSANELY good.
SPA - oh man. This is lovely too.
POOL - small pool for the size of the resort. Kiddie pool.
POOL GRILL - surprisingly very good food here too.
BEACH - way better than Waikiki.
WEDDINGS - I’ve attended lots of weddings here, including my own many years ago. The room fits 220-250 comfortably and I’ve seen more squeezed into the ballroom, with overflow into the foyer.
Why are you still reading this? Go book your reservation.
This hotel is beautiful, a true hawaii luxury experience. It's located away from the busy tourist areas. This is where dolphin quest is located. I recommend you have breakfast at the Pulmeria beach house. Great food with excellent views of the private beach.
My wife and I chose the Kahala Resort as the destination for our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better place. Upon arrival we were greeted by Carlos and his team and our room was ready for an early check-in. Shortly after we arrived at our beautiful room (view to the golf course and partial ocean-view), we were surprised by the room service who brought us a bottle of complementary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries with a personal note by Carlos, congratulating us on our anniversary. He and his whole team made the trip a wonderful and unforgettable experience. We will definitely come back, soon! Thank you, Carlos and the whole team.
A 5 star hotel that deserves its stars. The service was perfect everywhere :room service, concierge, fitness, the restaurants , reception and pool. People were very friendly and helpful . The breakfast buffet is exceptional in its variety , quality and presentation. The best breakfast of the hotel we visit in Hawaii,
The only thing that could be improved are the umbrellas at the pools.