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The Kahala Hotel and Resort

Honolulu, HI, US (HNL)

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Based on 2455 reviews
This renowned resort in Honolulu`s posh Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. The second that you arri
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The Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, HI US 96816

Why Stay Here?

  • Award Winning Dining
  • Private Lagoon - Swim with the Dolphins
  • Superb pool and secluded white sand swimming beach 
  • CHI Health & Energy Fitness Center with state of the art equipment and exercise classes overlooking the ocean
  • Many other sports available, including surfing, and scuba
  • Keiki Club supervised fun for kids
  • Seasonal Hawaiian cultural programs
  • Designer shopping including our own Kahala Boutique 
  • FREE Morning coffee service at Plumeria Beach House
  • (2) Complimentary bottles of water in room daily at turndown
  • Bottled water for runners
  • Access to audio CD and video VHS & DVD library
  • Introductory Surfing lessons and Stand up paddleboard clinics (Wednesday to Friday)
  • Free Locksafe system in the room
  • Free refreshment fruits water at the lobby
  • Free DVD player installation upon request (limited inventory)
  • Free Baby Crib
  • Free Beach Towel Rental
  • Free Beach Furniture rental (except cabana)

Breathtaking Location

Located only 10 minutes from Waikiki and only 20 minutes from the Honolulu International Airport, The Kahala Hotel and Resort is the only beachfront resort in Kahala. Guests can enjoy this resort`s beautiful views of both Diamond Head and Koko Head craters.

Remarkable Recreation

The possibilities are endless at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Guests have a plethora of activities to choose from. For the nature enthusiast, The Kahala has a 26,000 square foot natural saltwater lagoon where Guests can swim and interact with the hotel`s dolphins, who share residence with exotic fish and sea turtles. If you want to relax on your magnificent vacation, The Kahala Spa is a wonderful experience. Each treatment room is 550 square foot of space and features a personal relaxation area, changing area, private shower, and landscaped courtyard of native Hawaiian flora. The spa also offers teeth whitening procedures. Whatever your heart desires, you will be able to find it at The Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Spectacular Accommodations
Rooms and suites in light tropical palettes and island touches in Kahala Chic style. The bed that is better than heaven, with fine linens and memory foam.

Indulge in Service
Subtle. discreet. and observant! Many of our staff have been with us for over 20 years, and recognize and address returning guests by name.

Infamous Dining

The Kahala Hotel and Resort`s 5 venues each offer their own unique ambiance and style, making for a variety of dining experiences.

  • Hoku`s at The Kahala Hotel and Resort is heralded for its innovative fusion fare which melds Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors. Hoku`s is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii`s best restaurants.
  • Seaside Grill has a direct view of the Pacific Ocean and is perfect for lunch.
  • Plumeria Beach House is on the edge of the white sands of Kahala. The oceanside Plumeria Beach House is their open-air, all day dining restaurant.
  • The Veranda is located adjacent to the lobby overlooking the Dolphin Lagoon with both indoor and outdoor seating amidst lush tropical decor.
  • 24HR Room Service

Based on 2455 reviews
from Salzburg, Austria
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Really nice resort, high level of service. Very engaged. Excellent restaurants in resort. Loved the dolphins .... I found the pool and the beach quite small for the number of guests. Prices are very high which you expect in a 5 star resort, however charging umbrellas on the beach on top as well as a cappuccino at breakfast (instead of the regular coffee) felt too much ....we had a nice room with a view to the golf course, keeping the lawn in shape involves a lot of noisy work starting at 6am in... Read more
from Portland, Oregon
Submitted on 06-09-2016
My wedding was held at this resort. Grace Chan helped me plan the most amazing event, and was beyond helpful, our experience was absolutely PERFECT! The hotel is beautiful, everything is very clean, and the customer service was outstanding. Our suit was the most beautiful hotel room I have ever stayed in. I would highly recommend this resort for weddings, events, and vacations. You will have an incredible experience!
Submitted on 07-09-2016
World class hotel in a tropical setting. We truly enjoyed our stay. Very relaxing. First class staff. Beach was great. Expensive but worth it. However, we would recommend renting a car in order to experience the rest of the island and to check out other restaurants. Restaurants on site are mediocre but expensive.
from East Patchogue, New York
Submitted on 07-09-2016
Absolutely loved this hotel. Location was perfect. Sunsets were out of this world. Service was impeccable. Rooms were large and very clean. Dolphin quest is located at this hotel so your family can enjoy watching the Dolphins play. Offered great gym that was accessible 24 hours a day. Every aspect of this hotel was perfect from the valet parking,concierge, buffet breakfasts to the free photography session. Would absolutely recommend and stay at this hotel again.
from New York
Submitted on 07-09-2016
My family of four stayed here and had the most wonderful time. The room was fantastic, the beach was spectacular, the pools were lovely, the dolphin experience was amazing, the restaurants, Hoku, Pulmeria Cafe and the Veranda all were excellent.
from Arlington, Virginia
Submitted on 10-09-2016
Without a doubt, the Kahala is the standard by which all others may hope to achieve. The rooms are sensational, very spacious with great amenities. The staff are exceptional. They all go out of their way to be caring and prompt. For my money, this is best hotel on Oahu. No crowds, no resort fees, superior service. Can't beat it.
from Bear, Delaware
Submitted on 11-09-2016
My daughter and I stayed at The Kahala Resort July 2-July 5th after staying at Aulani on the other side of the island. The Kahala is a very nice place to stay. It is quiet and remote away from the crowds of Waikiki. We had a room on the bottom floor facing the golf course. This area was very quiet and the room was quite spacious. Our stay came with the breakfast buffet that was very good to start our day with. The staff at the resort were very friendly and professional. The parking attenda... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 11-09-2016
I've stayed at the Halekulani a few years ago and this place is definitely better. It also compares very well to the Royal Hawaiian. It has a much more private relaxing feel of a resort. It has a real beach, gym and spa, and you don't see crowds all over the place or walk right into Waikiki. The eating options are also better. Our kid got up at 4am from jetlag the first day and my wife and him took a nice walk out on the beach; someone from the breakfast buffet gave him a croissant to hold him o... Read more
from San Jose, California
Submitted on 18-09-2016
Excellent service the moment you step in the resort. Everything is excellent, the location, security, amenities, people, room, and restaurant. This is our first time in Hawaii, and we're very happy we chose the right Hotel and Resort. Love the dolphin, sea turtle ang stingray lagoon (Dolphin Quest). Very unique. Love the "exclusivity" feeling in the resort especially the beach. All 5 star.....if we can give more than 5, we sure will :) .......Fantastic and Fabulous !!! You will never go wro... Read more
from Pearl City, Hawaii
Submitted on 21-09-2016
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is located East side of Diamond Head and middle of the luxury residence area. You are able to feel like at other island of Hawaii, more slower pace and relaxing on the beach, take a surfboard yoga class, experience dolphin encounter. There are seven restaurants on site. The hotel run complimentary shuttle for its guests between Waikiki area and this resort.
from West Lothian, Scotland
Submitted on 22-09-2016
My wife & I have just spent 2 weeks with our friends at The Kahala Hotel. We are regular visitors now (from Scotland) & have yet again had the most fantastic time here. We return here as you are treated like royalty, the facilities are second to none & the location is absolutely perfect. We met the new General Manager - Gerald, who took time each day to speak to the guests. Through our visits, we have got to know a lot of the staff & they work so well as a team to provide a service which I can o... Read more
Submitted on 22-09-2016
We stayed at the Kahala for a week and every detail and need was attended to. Friendly staff and beautiful setting. Could not have been more pleased with our choice. The food was a bit expensive and did not match the quality of the resort so we did venture out to find some meals.
from Brooklyn, New York
Submitted on 23-09-2016
My husband and I stayed here for two nights: the night before our wedding, and the night of our wedding. As a soon-to-be bride, I was completely stressed out, but as soon as we entered our room, all my stresses melted away. The view was stunning. Perfect ocean view. Even the view from the hallway right outside the elevators was stunning, perfect view of the lush green mountains. I grew up in Hawaii (but now live in NYC), and places like The Kahala make me so proud to be Hawaiian. Since we were c... Read more
from Nashville, Tennessee
Submitted on 23-09-2016
The staff at this hotel are fantastic! So I had to wonder, why did my room look so tired and sad. The king bed was comfy, linens crisp and towels fluffy. So why was the furniture upholstery frayed, tables chipped and mold in the shower and on the bathroom walls. The beach was lovely, clean and private. The food was excellent. Enjoyed the stay but wish the room matched the quality of the staff.
Submitted on 25-09-2016
We stayed at the Kahala for our family's first trip to Hawaii. We were treated like royalty during the entire 5-day stay. As we were touring the hotel, we came across Pacific Dream Photography, who let us reserve a photo session at no charge. The employees we spoke with, including our photographer, were the nicest, most helpful and professional people we have ever encountered while preparing to take family photos. Everything from scheduling our session to taking the photos/choosing our photo pac... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-09-2016
This is a review based on just first impressions of the resort, having arrived here earlier today. The good: 1) Our room is spacious despite being a standard 'deluxe', with the bathroom in particular being a great size 2) We were 'upgraded' to a room with a balcony. The view is of the golf course behind the hotel though. 3) It is away from the chaos of Wakiki and the resort offers a shuttle service there (or I guess it's a cheap Uber ride away) The disappointing: 1) Upon check in we noticed o... Read more
from Pennsylvania
Submitted on 26-09-2016
We spent 6 spectacular nights at the Kahala resort. The Ocean Front room with a view of the pool, dolphins, Diamond Head, Kona Head and the beach is probably the best hotel room view we've ever experienced. After good meals at 3 of the 4 on-site restaurants (we skipped Hoku), we'd relax on the lanai and enjoy the blissful sounds of the ocean. Everyone at the resort was very friendly. The room was spacious and had an initial wow factor, only some slight imperfections. The breakfast buffet at Plum... Read more
from Los Angeles, California, United States
Submitted on 26-09-2016
The Kahala Hotel and Resort offers the best service, food and rooms on Oahu. The secluded location offers privacy and is a luxurious haven away from busy Waikiki. The beach is immaculate and beautifully maintained by the fantastic pool staff. Lloyd at the pool has been there for over 40 years and will help set you up by the pool or on the sand or in a private cabana. The food offerings are terrific. Sit by the beach at Plumeria and enjoy the best breakfast buffet ever! Ask for Barbara or Susan f... Read more
from Stuttgart, Germany
Submitted on 26-09-2016
The people who choose this place will not be disappointed. The view is spectacular and the quiet serenity of the place will not be forgotten. Away from the noise of the city, this place is a morning delight. The ocean breeze and the sounds of the waves at night will delight you. The parking is a bit stiff, but if you parked in Waikiki it would be the same rate. It is not a trick, the fees are posted. Take in the beauty and enjoy the island air. It is Oahu on the leeward side.
from California
Submitted on 28-09-2016
We arrived with a very warm welcome from the valet service to the front desk. We stayed at the dolphin lanai room and it is fantastic. It's very roomy, well-appointed room, a large bathroom (separate tub and shower and a hi-tech toilet 8)) with a view of the lagoon. The hotel has a 70s vibe and I can understand some reviewers' comments that it's dated. Food and beverages are very pricey, but if you have a car, it's a short drive to the mall where you'll get plenty of choices to eat. The res... Read more
Submitted on 29-09-2016
My husband and I stayed at The Kahala Resort to celebrate our first anniversary. It surpassed all of our expectations. The staff is exceptional, the grounds are stunning, the food is amazing, the drinks are even better and the services available are world class. (P.s. try a cocojito, you wont regret it) One of the services we took advantage of was the photo session with Pacific Dream Photography. As our plans changed we almost missed our chance and I am SO happy that Julia was able to fit us in ... Read more
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 30-09-2016
The Kahala is the Luxury Resort that leaves all other Hawaiian upscale properties in the dust. Located in a lush green compound south of Diamond Head on a large beautiful private beach, this resort has a real Hawaiian vibe throughout, and defines true luxury in a elegant and understated way. Service is excellent. Rooms large and well appointed with gorgeous bathrooms. Great stay.
from Villa Park, Illinois
Submitted on 30-09-2016
Excellent hotel, lobby area blows you away and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Our room was nice but worn, it needed some touch ups and clean the curtains. The 4th night we were there, we came back to the room to find the bed covered in ants. Staff changed the linens and sprayed bug spray outside the room. But by the morning of the 6th day, the chairs were covered in ants. We were on the ground floor so that can happen and again the staff was quick to apologize for the issue. We sti... Read more
from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Submitted on 04-10-2016
My husband asked me to join him on a business trip to Hawaii and, I know it sounds ungrateful, but I wasn't very interested in going after a summer of travel and a good deal of time in Tulum, Mexico. What could Hawaii offer that might dazzle me after that? Hawaii has... well you know, the breezes, the beaches, the people and the poke! But just as important, it has The Kahala Hotel & Resort. From the moment we stepped out of the car to the extra attention from Jordan and James at the front desk... Read more
from Cleveland, Ohio
Submitted on 05-10-2016
This hotel is fantastic. The service, location and cleanliness could not be beat. You felt welcome from the moment you pulled up. However, the rooms, although clean, were a bit dated and the some floors are smoking for foreign guests. The grounds are really beautiful and the private beach is quite safe and protected from the rough ocean. There are fantastic restaurant options for all meals!
from Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Submitted on 06-10-2016
The hotel has everything you may need, whether it be families, couples, friends and families. You want require it, the hotel provides it The location is far ether than Waikiki It is set right on the coast with fabulous views out across the ocean Wonderful rooms, super food and great customer service. I could go on and on Overall an excellent we'll run hotel I would highly recommend it Well worth the cost
Submitted on 08-10-2016
I stayed at the Kahala hotel over 4 nights. Our room was in the dolphin wing, main floor with a view onto the golf course. The view from the window was therefore, "OK". It is a very beautiful hotel, with a very scenic beach. I didn't quite get the VIP experience that other people were experiencing as our room was inconsistently managed. Some days we would get our toiletries, other days we had to ask. The last day I would received the daily newspaper---but not other 3 days? One even... Read more
from Medford, Oregon
Submitted on 11-10-2016
We recently had the perfect week here! It is such a beautiful resort! Our son and daughter-in-law had an amazing wedding here as well. The location is wonderful, and family and friends who came for wedding, loved it as well. Such a relaxing atmosphere, and the staff so attentive and friendly, with a 'can do' attitude. If we could go back right now and relive our experience, we would!! The beach and restaurants were excellent, each day more special than the last. I would highly recommend t... Read more
from Dallas, Georgia
Submitted on 11-10-2016
We enjoyed every aspect of our stay at the Kahala Hotel and Resort! This is a great place to stay if you don't necessarily like the big crowds near Waikiki Beach. The view was epic! And the staff made every effort to make our stay enjoyable!!
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 12-10-2016
Would we stay there again...YES, without a doubt. Although there was a minor misstep at check-in, put in a room that was meant for someone else who hadn't arrived yet, the service was always warm and professional. As we were celebrating our anniversary we were gifted a nice bottle of sparkling wine to add to our celebrations. The location was fantastic. Waikiki is almost certainly my least favorite area to stay in Hawaii. Because so many hotels are situated there, we have stayed overnight ... Read more
from Los Gatos, California
Submitted on 17-10-2016
We spent a week at the Kahala, our first time as we normally stay in downtown Honolulu. What a delightful place--tranquil, beautiful and wonderful beach activities. It's a great beach to learn to paddle-board and play in the water. The dolphins are an added plus. We will stay again.
Submitted on 17-10-2016
We ate lunch overlooking the ocean at the Plumeria Beach House restaurant. The experience was one of excellent service and good food. I have eaten there many times before and will go back. Hoku's, upstairs is excellent for dinner and a more formal dining.
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 18-10-2016
Recent stay at the Kahala, our fourth stay. Rooms are lovely and spacious as is the bathroom with twin vanities. The hotel remains our favourite due to this and importantly the location, away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, yet with a shuttle service to take you into town when desired. Food at Kahala could really be improved. Poolside burgers were excellent as always, yet Asian chicken salad was just lettuce leaves with some poached chicken. Tasteless. Same with club sandwich, unfortunate... Read more
Submitted on 19-10-2016
One of the leading hotels of the world.. Not so sure it really is. Great location and beach yes. Rooms aged but ok - 50pc have no outside space just Juliet balconies. Breakfast is barely any different to the whole world's 4 star restaurants - when my wife said she would only take a pancake for breakfast and grab a sausage off my buffet menu the waiter said in all serious 'no i couldnt let you do that maam, i'd have to charge' very odd and money grabbing attitude. Main pool and seating is quit... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 19-10-2016
My third stay at The Kahala and once again it was lovely. All the staff members, from the restaurants to housekeeping, continue to impress and couldn't be more friendly or helpful. The large rooms (especially with a lanai) make it feel more like an apartment than a hotel and the double bathroom amenities are wonderful. I particularly love the "old world" feel of the place but a bit more maintenance wouldn't go astray especially as our balcony railings were showing a fair bit of rust. We did t... Read more