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Few people come to Hawaii with the sole purpose of bumping into a celebrity, but wouldn’t it be cool to see one anyway!? If only for bragging rights when you get back home, it may be worth staying in one of these eight hotels where celebrities are known to stay!
Here are the hotels that are best-bets for celebrity spotting:
1. The Kahala Hotel and Resort: The Kahala boasts a long hall of fame (actually, it’s a hall of pictures and framed autographs and notes), and has played host to everyone from Bill Clinton to Michael Jackson to Snoop Dogg. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton hid out from the paparazzi in a cabana here after getting married (for the first time) in 1964. Tiger Woods reportedly checked in while playing in a nearby golf tourney. If that isn’t enough, People magazine reported that heart-throb actor Shia LaBeouf also graced the hotel’s sand. Faith Hill has also been a guest and actually wrote some of the lyrics from her hit song, Breathe, on the “wall of celebrities”.
2. Turtle Bay Resort: This hotel is no stranger to the camera. Lauren Conrad, Lo Bosworth, and the rest of The Hills gang visited the resort while filming an episode of their reality show, and Jason Segal and Mila Kunis filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall on the premises. Hit TV-show Lost frequently filmed here as well, which means Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, and the rest of the bunch were around quite a bit when the show was on the air. Sean Penn had a controvesial vacation at the hotel with his family in 2007, and baggy-pants rapper MC Hammer renewed his wedding vows at Turtle Bay (which then aired on his reality TV show, Hammertime).
3. Four Seasons Maui: This hotel is one of the most luxurious in Hawaii, so it’s not surprising that it’s a popular celebrity haunt. Oprah, John Stamos, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson, and Tommy Lee have all reportedly been guests, as were Britney Spears and K-Fed when they were a couple. Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt were spotted at the Four Seasons in March 2009. More recently, Felicity Huffman, Sandra Oh and Jessica Alba have been guests.
4. The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua Maui: The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, Maui is pretty hush-hush about which celebrities stay at this posh resort. But, back in 2012, Ashley Tisdale tweeted about staying at the luxury hotel before and had a “great vacation” while there. Incidentally, Tisdale also has a dog named Maui.
5. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort: Jon and Kate Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8 renewed their wedding vows on the air at Grand Wailea with all eight kids in tow in 2008, before splitting the following year. Celebs like Nicole Richie, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman have spoiled themselves with spa treatments, teed off on one of three championship golf courses or just lounged poolside. Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and Brooklyn Decker also shot Just Go With It here.
6. Hualalai, Four Seasons, Big Island: This was the perfect location for mom-to-be Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie to get some rest, relaxation and Hawaiian spirit. According to People Magazine, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were married in a sunset ceremony on June 24, 2010 on the beach at the resort, as well. And Harrison Ford, who owns a house nearby, is a neighbor.
7. Four Seasons Resort, Lana’i at Manele Bay: If you crave seclusion and want to behold some breathtaking Hawaiian coastline, like Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this luxurious resort is an ideal destination. Multi-billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, chose secluded Manele Bay for their wedding reception.
8. St. Regis Princeville, Kauai: The St. Regis Princeville is a celebrity mecca attracting the likes of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys and George Clooney. The celebrity-studded hotel also served as a getaway for celebs like Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne.
If you’re hoping to do some celebrity spotting while on vacation in Hawaii, you may want to consider staying in one of these resorts. But, remember, celebrities love Hawaii because they’re allowed a certain amount of privacy. So, if you see one, make sure to be subtle and, by all means, don’t make a scene!