The Kahala

Honolulu, Oahu

The hotel

Recognised as having the 'Best Rooms and Restaurants in the US' by Cond Nasté Traveller, The Kahala has always been one of Hawaii's premier hotels with a celebrity guest list that has included nearly every president since Richard Nixon! Spacious rooms all boast an ocean, mountain or lagoon view. There's a beautiful pool area to relax by or work out with state-of-the-art equipment at the fitness centre, whilst overlooking the ocean. Four stylish restaurants include innovative fusion fare at award-winning Hoku's. Enjoy a close encounter with dolphins at the hotel's very own dolphin lagoon.

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. Dolphin Lanai Rooms, 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 $28 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 Far from the madding crowd

May 24, 2019 marymcgol Warren, Rhode Island

During a recent trip to Australia, we decided to break our trip up by stopping in Honolulu. En route to Australia, we stayed in Waikiki; while the beach is iconic, the crowds were everywhere. On the way back from Australia, we stayed at the Kahala Resort and all I can say is "what a difference". We were fortunate to have an early check in and… Read more
During a recent trip to Australia, we decided to break our trip up by stopping in Honolulu. En route to Australia, we stayed in Waikiki; while the beach is iconic, the crowds were everywhere. On the way back from Australia, we stayed at the Kahala Resort and all I can say is "what a difference". We were fortunate to have an early check in and to receive an upgraded room. Our room was large, extremely well appointed, and it had a lovely lanai with comfortable chairs overlooking the golf course and mountains. The beach area was fabulous - quiet, plenty of space and complimentary lounge chairs. We had our choice of sand or grass and were able to find a lovely, quiet spot in the shade. All of the staff that we interacted with were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel and look forward to returning to this slice of paradise. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Kahala is the BEST!

May 22, 2019 mkaypuckett

This was our 3rd stay on the island and our 1st stay at Kahala. The Kahala is amazing!!! The staff is so friendly and helpful, always smiles! They definitely make you feel like ohana and to us that’s important! The view around the whole resort is amazing whether it’s of the pool and Kahala Beach or the private golf course behind the resort. … Read more
This was our 3rd stay on the island and our 1st stay at Kahala. The Kahala is amazing!!! The staff is so friendly and helpful, always smiles! They definitely make you feel like ohana and to us that’s important! The view around the whole resort is amazing whether it’s of the pool and Kahala Beach or the private golf course behind the resort. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to stay this is the place for you! Although you are a little ways from the busy Waikiki, the shuttle service is always available free of charge to escort you into the Waikiki area for dinner. The hotel also has many dining options available if you do not feel like venturing out. The Kahala Hotel and Resort is now our absolute favorite place and will be the place we continue to come back to each year! Read less
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May 21, 2019 PrajuCS Honolulu, Hawaii

6 months ago, I had the opportunity to plan and coordinate a Canadian family friend's 3 day wedding in Honolulu. Although I have done events before, this was my first time planning an Indian Wedding Extravaganza. After visiting 9+ locations, the bride and groom settled on the Waialae Ballroom + Waterfall Garden to have their wedding reception… Read more
6 months ago, I had the opportunity to plan and coordinate a Canadian family friend's 3 day wedding in Honolulu. Although I have done events before, this was my first time planning an Indian Wedding Extravaganza. After visiting 9+ locations, the bride and groom settled on the Waialae Ballroom + Waterfall Garden to have their wedding reception and boy am I so glad they chose the Kahala Resort. Everything was exceptional From all my meeting with Anna Hinkley, the catering manager to the wait staff to the Banquet Manager, each and every detail and element was made to make the guests feel comfortable and warmly welcomed. The Kahala has a certain priceless reputation, but despite that no one displayed any airs or arrogance. Any request was never responded with a "no". There was always an effort made to accommodate and respect the request. The guests and the wedding party had 2 days of non-stop events, but Kahala ended on a high note. From the food to the ambiance, everything was exceptional. As a coordinator, I would HIGHLY recommend this venue for your special day and go talk to Anna Hinkley. You will not be disappointed with the hotel and her service. Already looking forward to the next one. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WELCOMING IS AN ART....

May 16, 2019 Julius E Beverly Hills, California

The minute you step into the Grand Dame of Honolul you are warmly greeted. if you are lucky enough your checking is with Carolyn Chung, the soul of the hotel for over 16 years. Warm welcoming and really the key to feeling home and cared for. The rooms are classic nice, great ocean view and you hear the crushing waves- but carpets smelly. No… Read more
The minute you step into the Grand Dame of Honolul you are warmly greeted. if you are lucky enough your checking is with Carolyn Chung, the soul of the hotel for over 16 years. Warm welcoming and really the key to feeling home and cared for. The rooms are classic nice, great ocean view and you hear the crushing waves- but carpets smelly. No carpets if for me the solution. With proper isolation the argument of noise is not valid. Hygiene is more important. The location is a quiet oasis 2o min form shopping overload called Waikiki or Beverly Hills by the sea.....ALOHA p.s.breakfast: I would urgently replace the fake maple syrup with real one. This is below your standard and miles below mine..... Read less
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May 13, 2019 HIdancer

I booked a birthday party through Anna, the catering manager. The venue, service, and food were excellent. I also spent the night there, and their rooms are very spacious and well appointed compared to other hotels. Their Sunday buffet was delicious. The beach is beautiful and not as packed as Waikiki. Highly recommended!