Opened in 1964 and built at a cost of $12 million, The Kahala (formerly the Kahala Hilton and then The Kahala Mandarin Oriental) quickly became the resort of choice for many of the world’s most famous entertainers, artists, and heads of state visiting Oahu.
The list of iconic public figures that have enjoyed it during its five decades of operation is long. It includes names like Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Lewis, the Dalai Lama, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones. Every US President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush has stayed at The Kahala.
Kahala is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in all of Hawaii. Along the stretch of Kahala Avenue, which ends at The Kahala, dozens of multi-million dollar mansions stand behind security gates. Some are elegant and fit nicely into the shoreline landscape. Some are, well, just tacky and ostentatious. A handful of old-style beach houses remain nestled among stucco giants.
Beyond the prestigious Waialae Country Club, where the PGA Sony Open is held each year, The Kahala is its own world of sophisticated luxury, dining and hospitality. It is also home to the Dolphin Quest experience, where guests can spend time swimming with the amazing creatures. Dolphin Quest offers a variety of different encounters, and all are family-friendly and unforgettable. The program supports efforts aimed at conservation and education.
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The Kahala Hotel and Resort is also home to several critically acclaimed restaurants and chefs. Hoku’s is a fine dining masterpiece, with “elevated Hawaiian Cuisine” by Chef Eric Oto and a distinguished wine list curated by Master Sommelier Roberto Viernes. Hoku’s has won multiple local and national awards for its menu and service. It’s also a favorite of Oahu residents for its sumptuous Sunday Brunch.
Billed as a “Hybrid Italian Experience”, Arancino at The Kahala is a unique take on classic Italian cuisine under the guidance of Executive Chef Daisuke Hamamoto. It offers indoor and al fresco dining options with an ala carte menu that allows you to sample a wide variety of Italian flavors and local ingredients.
For a more casual dining experience with world class ingredients and presentation, the Plumeria Beach House offers a lavish breakfast buffet daily. It’s ideal for cocktails at sunset with indoor and outdoor terraces with stunning views. The Seaside Grill offers fresh seafood and a grilled menu with panoramic views of the deep blue Pacific Ocean just steps away.
In addition to its world-famous luxury accommodations and stellar dining options, The Kahala Hotel and Resort also offers a variety of wedding and honeymoon packages and services. It is a top choice for many Hawaii brides and grooms for their nuptials, as well as for visitors from all over the world.
We here at Hawaii Aloha Travel can help you plan your stay at one The Kahala, one of Hawaii’s most desirable resort properties. Our personalized service and custom planning services along with our unmatched local knowledge will ensure you a Hawaii vacation you’ll never forget.
Posted by: Jamie Winpenny