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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 3352 Reviews
The Best
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love this hotel so much!! I have been coming here for 30 plus years. Through ownership changes and different brand changes it has always been fantastic. It comes down to the staff there. Some have been there 30 years and they make the difference. Obviously it is a beautiful hotel but it is the people there that make the difference. Always feels like home.

We celebrated my husband's 88th birthday at the Kahala, Waialae Ballroom. Couldn't have asked for a better venue
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a perfect celebration! The staff members were friendly, accommodating and patient. The food was attractively displayed and tasted absolutely delicious...we say "ono" in Hawaii. Anna Hinkley, the banquet manager, worked with me from day one until the evening of the celebration...she's great! Would return to the Kahala again for future celebrations...mahalo!

Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely amazing here!
First I want to mention @Pacific Dream photography which the session was included in our stay. Our photographer Macy was absolutely amazing she was so much fun and made us feel so comfortable. My husband and I hate getting our pictures taken but Macy is so talented and made it feel so natural. Jacob showed us our pictures, you are not required to purchase anything. I thought he was going to push their packages on us but he didn’t! We had fun looking at the few hundred pictures Macy took and nothing felt forced you could tell they love their job! Everything was very organized! Thank you Jacob and Macy!!

Kahala Hotel and resort; such a gorgeous place here and close to many many things! We stayed 7 days and we couldn’t fit everything we wanted into our stay! North shore is on the other side of the island but only a 45 minute drive. Every one here is so welcoming anytime you walk by someone they are smiling and saying hello. Deedee from the concierge desk was amazing and took so much time helping us. We didn’t book any excursions before so we booked everything the day we got in which was a little mistake because of how busy everything was but Deedee has connections guys and pulled a bunch of strings for us and got most of the things we wanted it took a long time and she was happy doing it for us!
The only thing that was a bummer for us is we got pretty sick and our throats where raw and swollen so we wanted tea. Tea of course is complementary and they give you a kettle to use. I like drinking Tea with lemon and honey. At night I went down and asked if i could get a lemon wedge and honey and they wanted to charge me the room service fee now most of the people staying here are pretty wealthy but we use pretty much our life savings here and I’m pretty frugal and I just could fathom being charged a room service fee for a lemon wedge and honey (which they give out free at the breakfast buffet in cute little jars which was included in our stay)

Great hotel, especially the dolphins
Reviewed 5 days ago

Superb service. Nice, not great room. Strange toilet. Buffet breakfast fantastic, excellent other restaurants. Prize was the dolphin pool. If you stay in that area, we were in room 1231, the dolphins are amazing. Better than the anodyne sea view. Sunrise on the beach is great.

Five stars for the staff and service
Reviewed 5 days ago

Honestly the rooms need an update, but what makes this hotel worth the stay is the staff. Everyone who works here is so helpful and genuinely nice. They always try to use your name and really have the Aloha Spirit. The breakfast buffet was pretty good too and only $39. Also rooms are huge and they greet you with a lei!