The Kahala

Honolulu, Oahu

The hotel

The Kahala has always been one of Hawaii's top hotels, with a celebrity guest list that's included nearly every president since Richard Nixon! Even Cond Nasté Traveller thinks it has the 'Best Rooms and Restaurants in the US'. And when you get there you'll see why. Your spacious room will overlook either the ocean, mountain or lagoon. There's a beautiful pool area to relax by and even the fitness centre has ocean views to give you a boost. When it comes to eating here, you can choose between four stylish restaurants - the award-winning Hoku's, with its innovative fusion menu, comes highly recommended.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Kids Club
  • Valet parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Scuba Diving

Where is it

Nestled on an exclusive crescent ivory sand beach, just east of Diamond Head on the island of Oahu.

Hotel information

338 rooms on 10 floors with 3 lifts. Newly renovated rooms all with air-conditioning, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, plush bathrobes, large bathrooms with Floris amenities, and hairdryer. Scenic Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 17 years). Only rooms on the ground floor have a terrace.

Ocean View Rooms and Partial Ocean View Rooms, Ocean Front Rooms have a Juliet balcony. Ocean View Lanai Rooms, Ocean Front Lanai Rooms, Scenic with Lanai Rooms and Partial Ocean View Lanai Rooms, have full balconies with furniture and sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 17 years).

4 restaurants: Hoku's (fine dining), Plumeria Beach House (à la carte and buffet), The Veranda (afternoon tea) and Seaside Grill. Swimming pool. Use of beachside chi health energy fitness centre with steam rooms, Jacuzzi and dry sauna. Award-winning spa suites. Water sports* including surfing* and scuba diving*. Keiki kids' club*. Guests are welcomed with a cool towel and Aloha lei at check in. Business centre. There is a free shuttle service to Waikiki with its shops, bars and restaurants. Valet or self-parking $32 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: There's a $8 daily donation for the Koa Tree Planting Fund (payable locally, subject to change).

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A must go

Apr 18, 2021 ARosanes808 Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Absolutely stunning place . Ocean View suite was just flawless . Staffs were professional & caring ! Had dinner at Hoku’s & the flavors were crazy good. Overall this place has got our attention, will be back for sure ! Thank you !
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Feels Like Home

Apr 17, 2021 324allisong Spokane, Washington

This was our second visit to The Kahala. My husband and I first visited together 3 years ago. This time, we brought our two children with us. We love this resort for many reasons. It is in a great location, away from Waikiki but close to many places we wanted to visit. The grounds are breathtaking, with beautiful scenery and landscapes. The… Read more
This was our second visit to The Kahala. My husband and I first visited together 3 years ago. This time, we brought our two children with us. We love this resort for many reasons. It is in a great location, away from Waikiki but close to many places we wanted to visit. The grounds are breathtaking, with beautiful scenery and landscapes. The service is excellent! We can’t say enough about the kind and caring staff that work there (our housekeeper, Lino, even remembered us from our last visit). We booked a dolphin lanai room. This really seems like the best option for those who like to spend leisurely mornings on their lanai. It’s so peaceful! The beach and pool are never super busy, so it never seemed hard to find a chair. We didn’t order any drinks or food by the pool or beach, but it seems like they had nice options. These areas seemed especially peaceful at both sunrise and sunset. We love eating at Plumeria Beach House! This trip we enjoyed breakfast on two different mornings. Because of Covid, they are not currently offering their amazing breakfast buffet. We missed this greatly, as it was a highlight of our last trip. Hoping they will eventually be able to bring it back. I think our only complaint was the bed arrangement for rooms with two beds. This trip we had our 10 and 12 year old son and daughter with us. Our room with two double beds made sleeping arrangements a bit challenging. The beds were comfortable, but our kids decided to trade off sleeping on the little couch in the room so they didn’t have to share the double bed. What was interesting is that the bed frames looked too big for the double mattresses that sat on them. We felt that queen mattresses would have been much more comfortable. However, we were still able to sleep well for the most part, so it was not a huge deal in the end. We look forward to planning another trip to The Kahala as soon as we are able to! It is a peaceful place and makes us very happy. Mahalo. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great atmosphere but sad for the dolphins

Apr 16, 2021 oceanfrank2021

Overall great service. Love the beachfront property. Rooms are a bit outdated though. My biggest complaint is that (pool) staff let folks “save” chairs in prime seating for hours. We were out at 830am and all the chairs under the tree in far left (when facing beach) and in front of pool area were all taken by beach towels and were unaccompanied… Read more
Overall great service. Love the beachfront property. Rooms are a bit outdated though. My biggest complaint is that (pool) staff let folks “save” chairs in prime seating for hours. We were out at 830am and all the chairs under the tree in far left (when facing beach) and in front of pool area were all taken by beach towels and were unaccompanied until 11! That happened 2 days I was there. It’s not fair for other folks who actually stay on the beach when getting their chairs. I’m also not a fan of the captive dolphins. There are so many dolphins in such a small lagoon. I really hope one day Kahala decides to stop this practice of keeping captive dolphins. Lastly, I was disappointed in the kid menu food offerings from Plumeria. The kid pasta seemed like it used jarred pasta sauce. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great service

Apr 16, 2021 Jon777777777777

Unfortunately there was an incident at the hotel where many guests had to stay in a single rook for safety reasons. The staff did an excellent job during all this. One even got my medication from upstairs once it was safe. Thank you!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great property / mixed service

Apr 14, 2021 laoban173 Pebble Beach, California

Some staff were outstanding ( house keeping, room service) but frontdesk, concierge and pool staff were both arrogant and made me feel like an intruder . One staff, when asked to help ; was told : “ not my job “ —- guess guests are unimportant. i responded to this with text and email to hotel : Gee , no reply Some training for customer facing… Read more
Some staff were outstanding ( house keeping, room service) but frontdesk, concierge and pool staff were both arrogant and made me feel like an intruder . One staff, when asked to help ; was told : “ not my job “ —- guess guests are unimportant. i responded to this with text and email to hotel : Gee , no reply Some training for customer facing staff might be good Read less