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 Beautiful Memories for a Lifetime!

Oct 19, 2021 dawna742

My fiancé and I chose the Kahala for our elopement and honeymoon. From the moment we spoke with Grace Chan, Director of Catering and Conferences, we knew our expectations for a small elegant and intimate ceremony would be met. Grace and her staff were helpful with making the arrangements and even kept us informed regarding COVID-19 protocols… Read more
My fiancé and I chose the Kahala for our elopement and honeymoon. From the moment we spoke with Grace Chan, Director of Catering and Conferences, we knew our expectations for a small elegant and intimate ceremony would be met. Grace and her staff were helpful with making the arrangements and even kept us informed regarding COVID-19 protocols and restrictions. The entire resort staff treated us with a level of hospitality we usually do not experience outside of South Louisiana. Authentic hospitality! Highly recommend! Read less
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Oct 19, 2021 KyleY214

My wife and I had the BEST experience with the Kahala Hotel in July of this year when we were married on the property and spent a few nights in one of their corner suites. As spectacular as our wedding day was, everything leading up to our wedding was so seamless, especially with all of the pandemic chaos and Hawaii's restrictions on group… Read more
My wife and I had the BEST experience with the Kahala Hotel in July of this year when we were married on the property and spent a few nights in one of their corner suites. As spectacular as our wedding day was, everything leading up to our wedding was so seamless, especially with all of the pandemic chaos and Hawaii's restrictions on group events. Grace Chan, the Director of Catering, worked with our wedding planner to ensure our big day was a memorable and enjoyable one. They kept us in the loop with all of the Covid related regulations and made ourselves and our guests feel very safe and welcomed. I can't say enough about how great the food was, the service, and the property overall. This coupled with the dedication of the Catering team made our day a huge success despite having to work around pandemic related guidelines. The hotel's remote location just outside of Waikiki makes it feel so much more private and less touristy, but it's only a 10 minute drive to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki if that suits you. Can't recommend this property enough! Read less
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Oct 17, 2021 Jwpeavy

Our stay was amazing! They made our honeymoon dreams the concierge just went above and beyond for us just not enough words to express how great they were! The beach was beautiful! We had breakfast every morning at Plumeria never got old the corned beef hash was the best!!! Kahala has my business for life!
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Oct 17, 2021 Lexikobie01

Perfect pick for a first trip to Hawaii as a couple. Not only was customer service top notch and accommodating, but our room was especially clean upon arrival and came with a gorgeous lanai view. Not many hotels are on top of things like the Kahala. This place makes you feel special and the service was superb. It’s a quiet place compared to the… Read more
Perfect pick for a first trip to Hawaii as a couple. Not only was customer service top notch and accommodating, but our room was especially clean upon arrival and came with a gorgeous lanai view. Not many hotels are on top of things like the Kahala. This place makes you feel special and the service was superb. It’s a quiet place compared to the hustle and bustle of other Waikiki hotels and the staff really makes you feel special by ensuring you are completely comfortable. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s totally worth the price for the amazing service provided and the beautiful memories that you will make. My boyfriend and I chose the Kahala upon our first time ever traveling to Hawaii and we are so glad we did! Everyone is so nice and the valet staff are so sweet. I’ve never met so many lovely people before like they have at the Kahala. It’s well worth the experience and we are already planning another trip again with the Kahala being on our top go to’s for places to stay. We enjoyed our stay! Read less
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Oct 16, 2021 MonicaM466 Atlanta, Georgia

My husband and I stayed at the Kahala in late Sept/early October for a babymoon and chose it initially for it's location (close to Diamond Head, close to Waikiki and yet still would provide a resort feel and private-ish beach) and price. We were so pleased with both! We were grateful to be staying away from the bustle (and homelessness) we… Read more
My husband and I stayed at the Kahala in late Sept/early October for a babymoon and chose it initially for it's location (close to Diamond Head, close to Waikiki and yet still would provide a resort feel and private-ish beach) and price. We were so pleased with both! We were grateful to be staying away from the bustle (and homelessness) we experienced in Waikiki. However, the think we couldn't stop talking about was how helpful and friendly the staff was! Night and day from some experiences we've had in other resorts/locations. The concierge Nozomi was helpful with making some arrangements before we arrived, the valet stand was great about reserving us early-morning taxis, the front desk actually let us view three different rooms and choose our preference (closer to the beach v. better view) when we arrived. The staff just went above and beyond to make our stay as easy and comfortable as possible. Highly recommend! Read less