The drive to The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a joy, especially after a long flight. You snake your way along Waikiki Beach, on through the beautiful residential neighbourhood of Kahala with Diamond Head as a backdrop. After skirting the base of this extinct volcano, you glide up the driveway of the hotel and the magic begins.
The external architecture could be considered slightly 60s brutalist. But time has a way of taking care of things and now, some 50 years later, it looks very retro; the design has stood the test of time.
From day one, in 1964, The Kahala Hotel has had celebrity cred. Not long after the hotel’s opening, NBC booked in for their affiliate meeting and took the opportunity to trot out their many stars. The hotel was an immediate hit with the Hollywood set, along with the rich and famous who flocked to the hotel’s beach and coveted its very private location on the ‘other side’ of Diamond Head.
Fast forward to today and whilst the beach and location are still wonderful, it’s the graceful and elegant interiors that wow guests from the minute they walk through the doors. It’s the high, vaulted ceilings, stunning views through plantation shutters, huge Murano glass chandeliers, and highly-polished teak wood floors are impressive. This breezy space is welcoming, momentarily, before you are lured outdoors to drink in the views of the pristine beach, pool and the garden lagoon, where a Bottlenose Dolphin family controversially resides.