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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 3251 Reviews
Heaven in Decemb
Reviewed 5 days ago

We left the mid Atlantic in parkas and arrived in paradise. This hotel is extraordinary . In all our travels we have never stayed at any place so beautiful. Just outstanding. Everything is special down to the little gorgeous white and gold ballpoint pens! The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed: wonderfully comfortable beds and linens. Everything in the room is first class.. The lanai overlooking the ocean is private and so very quiet here away from the throngs of tourists at Waikiki. I picked this place because I am a huge fan of the original Hawaii 50 and it’s star Jack Lord who lived in the Kahala area. This caused me to read on about this area and this Hotel . We are thrilled to be here and not looking forward to leaving at all. Dolphins playing in the ocean, 80 degreeF weather, and the friendliest people I have ever met , both at the hotel and the locals while walking around the area. Only thing I might do differently next time is a room with full ocean view rather than part ocean view, part parking lot view but no big deal.
There is really nothing not to like here. Alll just fantastic and we can’t wait to return. A wonderful wonderful adventure. Mahalo all!

Words fail
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hubby and I stayed here for a long overdue vacation. I was a little worried we may feel like we missed out since it's not on Waikiki, but it was heavenly! The hotel is unmatched in service, the amenities are great, and it is so close without being in the craziness. The perfect beachfront getaway!

So nice!
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a nice property! Sure, I read the reviews & history of this hotel. You just don’t know, until you experience it yourself.
From the moment we arrived, we realized this hotel was special! The positive attitude of the staff and the beautiful grounds were impressive. Our room was spacious and comfortable! The balcony was large, extra wide and deep, with comfortable chairs & table. The large bathroom had a separate tub & shower. It included a high end, full service toilet!
On a separate note, I was impressed with management. I had a small issue & the quick & proper response was impressive. This hotel’s priority is to manage a top notch hotel with superior “top notch” service. Every department is obviously properly staffed.
The breakfast buffet provides a wide assortment of food for various appetites.
The food was always delicious and fresh. The location and views from the restaurant were impressive. The lounge area had a very talented pianist/singer. The drinks were tasty & properly mixed. Would have been nice if they had a “Happy Hour”, which we grew accustomed to, in Maui.
The location of this property is perfect! Tucked in a residential area, away from the zoo of Waikiki! It is quiet & serene. Bordered by the beach and a beautiful, private golf course. Never had an issue with availability of beach loungers, which they will set up for you, on sand or the grass area.
When we return to Oahu, we will surely stay here again!

Amazing and relaxing Hotel and Resort
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Kahala as a part of an event group and I couldn't have been happier with the resort. The people were friendly, helpful and very customer service focused. The Kahala resort is an upscale resort that makes a person feel relaxed and welcome from the moment you enter the property. The views are amazing and the ability to relax and absorb the true Hawaiian spirit is phenomenal.

We ate at 3 of the restaurants on site and each was excellent with great service. The Plumeria is a perfect location for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. My only negative comment is the number of birds that tend to gather around the tables at times tends to be a nuisance and could be unsanitary. The pool bar was a nice place for lunch as well. We also ate at the Italian restaurant on site and it is a true seafood Italian menu. The portions are small yet delicious.

The rooms are luxurious and very comfortable. There were 2 sinks and closets in the room we had and had a very nice view of the ocean. The beds were extremely comfortable. I highly recommend this resort.

The event room was set up perfectly and the temperature was just right. We had lunch catered by the resort on 2 days and it was very delicious. The menu was varied and the food was very good. Overall this is an excellent resort and I would highly recommend. It is close to Diamond Head and away from the business of Waikiki which is perfect. The hotel does offer a shuttle down into Waikiki if needed.

We had a great wedding ceremony and reception at the Kahala Hotel & Resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great wedding ceremony and reception at the Kahala Hotel & Resort; our family and friends were blown away by the beautiful site. They also loved how delicious the food was. Our wedding was beyond perfect! The event manager was very responsible and extremely helpful during our wedding preparations and on the wedding day. She even helped have a hotel room available for us several hours before check in! We were able to get ready and relax in our room before the ceremony, which greatly eased our stress. We would definitely recommend the Kahala Hotel & Resort to anyone looking for the perfect wedding spot.