The Kahala Hotel & Resort Honolulu, Oahu
Since opening in 1964, this 288-room iconic oceanfront property, nestled between the private Waialae golf course and Pacific Ocean, has welcomed guests from around the world. Fun fact: the hotel opened as the Waialae Hotel, but it turned out the word “Waialae” was too hard to say, so the owners changed it to the much easier to pronounce ‘Kahala” and it seems to have worked — the hotel has thrived for the past five decades. Big and little things happen here. Big as in: almost every U.S. president has stayed at the property since Lyndon B. Johnson, Sir Elton John visits so often he has a favorite suite and many world leaders have also hang their hats here, preferring the privacy compared to Waikiki. And little in that there was the birth of Hoku, a baby dolphin in 1991 as part of the property’s famous dolphin program in the onsite lagoon.
In brief, this six-acre resort is a one-of-a-kind property. The reach for the sky optimism of the mid-century architecture is contagious and you’ll probably be sharing the beach with a few “Oh, wait, isn’t that …” what’s her name? As it is a hot spot for celebrities because of the aforementioned privacy.
Photo courtesy of The Kahala Hotel & Resort