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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


Spectacular service and location

We are finishing a five night stay at the Kahala and our expectations have been exceeded. As regular travelers to Hawaii, the Kahala rates in the top 1% of of our trips. The location is ideal with a serene vibe and view of the water.
What really elevates the Kahala is the service. Bart was very responsive and professional with our pre-trip requests. All of our requests were meticulously taken care of without reminders.
The twice daily housekeeping service was perfect and Delia, our evening turn-down attendant, was delightful. We were out of the room during the day and did not get a chance to meet the daytime attendant, but the room was serviced just as nicely.
From afternoon tea and drinks on the Veranda (the manager greeted us by name each time) to room service, our stay was fabulous from beginning to end. We are sorry to be leaving tomorrow and will return.

friendly luxury
monique c

-From Daneen at checkin through my housekeepers Jamaica and Marylou, the service was outstanding
-The 2 room Fitness Center is excellent as is the steam and sauna
-The hotel body lotion is high quality
-The orchid wall gorgeous, with a chocolate orchid!
We enjoyed out stay

Lovely Staycation
Annie L

It was our first stay ever at the Kahala. The hotel is located in an exclusive neighborhood with guests who are generally gracious and mature. It has grand decor and everyone loves their orchid staircase! We took advantage of the 55th anniversary kama'aina special and it was a very memorable stay! Our 8th floor ocean front room is very spacious, classy and has a spectacular view. We were welcomed with chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate macadamia nut clusters, fruits and pastries, and a bottle of chilled brut for our special occasion! We had dinner at the Plumeria. The sushi platter was excellent, the miso butter fish was slightly undercooked but you can tell it is fresh. We loved the salad and dessert table. I wish I had room to try every piece of dessert! It was very relaxing to watch the changing colors of sunset over dinner without young children running around or the rowdiness of Waikiki. I soaked in the jacuzzi and tried the steam room after dinner. It was quiet and clean, and I feel safe on the property. Our room was probably near the loading dock and I could hear machinery noise by around 5 am in the morning. But it was fine since we needed to get up to watched sunrise at the kissing point. We took spectacular 360 pictures of God's beautiful creation. It was breathtaking! The breakfast buffet is included in our room special. It is one of the better breakfast buffets with AYCE miso butterfish, omelet station, ono thin pancakes, fresh fruits, pastries, lox of bagels, and all the fine breakfast offerings you can imagine! It was a perfect stay, and we would do it again! Mahalo to the staff of the Kahala!