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).

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spectacular service and location

Nov 10, 2019 2014WorldTraveler Seattle, Washington

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… Read more
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. Read less
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Nov 10, 2019 monique c Honolulu, Hawaii

-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
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Nov 6, 2019 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… Read more
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! Read less
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Nov 5, 2019 Luna0114

We stayed 8 nights for our honeymoon. Room was right above the restaurant on the second floor. view of cars drop off/ pick up at the hotel entrance, gray asphalt view everyday. As we checked in, a couple next to us had free upgrade of room. In a room, there was a bottle of champagne to welcome us, which was nice, so they new it was our honeymoon.… Read more
We stayed 8 nights for our honeymoon. Room was right above the restaurant on the second floor. view of cars drop off/ pick up at the hotel entrance, gray asphalt view everyday. As we checked in, a couple next to us had free upgrade of room. In a room, there was a bottle of champagne to welcome us, which was nice, so they new it was our honeymoon. We asked 6 umbrellas for my beach wedding at concierge, night before the big day. A Japanese female agent refused that each room has 1-2 umbrellas and that’s it. I pursued its for wedding, we don’t have time to go to shopping, it’s for tomorrow AM. she reluctantly called front door /bell boy dep. to keep aside some for us for tomorrow AM, then next morning it was all gone. Non available for our wedding. BTW The rehearsal dinner at Halekulani, they told us to please take umbrella and all 16 of us got free without asking (rain was done for the night so we returned all of them). What difference in customer care! Daily coffee replenished, one day we had half open one, squashed ones that looks like they been discarded, they put it as if they were new. $500 a night hotel, really? I love Hawaii and Kahala beach, really regret to pick this hotel for our honeymoon. If you are not super rich or famous you are not treated well here is my impression they gave me. We will not return to Kahala hotel for our years to come anniversaries. Read less
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Nov 5, 2019 Rebecalevi1 Mexico City, Mexico

The Kahala Hotel and Resort, is One of the most exclusive, romantic and beautiful hotel in Hawái. The rooms are beautiful decorated. The service is excelent, and the beach is quiet and lovely. It’s the best option if you are traveling in cupple.