Kahala Hotel & Resort


The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

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3185 Reviews
Guide Price £2,319 per person
Based on 10 February 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Air Canada , staying for 7 nights room only in a Double Standard Room (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Stay at the iconic Kahala

When built in 1964 The Kahala was the world’s most expensive hotel project, eclipsing other properties in terms of size, comfort and quality. Now, more than 50 years later, the resort is an iconic luxury destination that has hosted every single President of the United States since Lyndon B Johnson. With a prime beachfront location on Honolulu and a diverse array of facilities to keep you occupied, this is one of the finest Hawaiian resorts around.

  • Iconic landmark property
  • Prime setting on Honolulu beachfront
  • Award-winning hotel
  • Five unique dining options
  • 800 foot long private beach

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

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  • 338 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approximately 20 minutes from Oahu International Airport
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool

Accommodation Type

  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

For Families

  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

  • Beach
  • Approximately 20 minutes from Oahu International Airport
  • Swim with Dolphins in the Hotels Dolphin Quest
  • View the Island from above on a Helicopter excursion
  • Visit Pearl Harbor on an Island Tour
3185 Reviews 87% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2295
  • Very Good 551
  • Average 185
  • Poor 86
  • Terrible 68

What to Expect

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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness


Sep 17, 2018

Amazing weekend at an iconic hotel

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Having grown up on Oahu, I had never been to the Kahala Hotel, but this gem provided me with one of the best hotel stays I have ever had. The hotel is a short 15 minute drive from Waikiki Beach, and the location is simple to find, yet hidden from the hustle of Waikiki. The beachfront property has a dolphin lagoon, with 6 dolphins swimming right next to the walkways. If you book one of the Dolphin Lanais, you can sit on your balcony and watch them play, or leave your balcony open and hear them all night! Magical! The cove that surrounds the beach permits the waves to be much gentler than outside of the cove, and sets up an ideal swim area for not only children, but anyone in general! Every single member of the staff that I encountered, from valet and check-in, to the cabana attendants; from housekeeping, to every food service worker, including the three restaurant outlets I visited and room service were extremely courteous, professional, and overall, WELCOMING! Although everyone was spectacular, I was not able to get everyone's name that deserve extra special kudos-I would, however, like to point out how amazing Mariah and Sean at Seaside Grill were. Mariah spent an extra few seconds to tell me how pretty my hair looked and made sure that my daughter especially enjoyed her chocolate shake. When I ordered a light and refreshing Acai Bowl for lunch, Sean was able to relate so accurately by my meal choice that he knew I had the same for breakfast! Deedee from the Concierge desk swung by my cabana while I was out on the beach, and knew exactly who I was, and offered to assist with any concierge services, including dinner reservations, dolphin encounter, shuttle service, and shopping information-this is an amazing service that reminds your guests of plans that they might have overlooked, or put off (such as ensuring you have some where to eat tonight!). Mary Jane in Hoku's was SUPERB! Not only was she extremely attentive to myself and my adult dinner companion, but she was able to incorporate my 10-year old daughter into the meal as well. Too many times have I seen children (my own included) spoken to, especially in restaurants that are on the fancier side of the spectrum. Mary Jane, though, made my daughter feel welcomed, explained the menu to her, and gave fantastic recommendations. When asked about a specific ingredient on the dessert menu, she gave a a description that was so detailed, and yet, so enticing, that it sold my daughter on THAT dessert over any other! Such a great hotel, with an amazing staff!
Sep 17, 2018

People make the place

Palos Verdes Estates, California

My family and I hadn't been back to Oahu for many years and took the advice of a friend to try the Kahala. My dad grew upon Oahu so we discussed at length where we should stay. We were a bit conflicted about the dolphins in the lagoon but wanted to stay somewhere quiet on the south side of the island. The hotel itself is a little dated but is set in a jewel of a neighborhood with a nice sandy beach where my kids played and jumped off the floating barge every day. Upon arrival, we were presented with orchid leis and my kids enjoyed the dolphin cookies that were brought to our room as we waited for our luggage. One of the reasons we chose this hotel was the spaciousness of the rooms as compared with other hotels. Our bathroom was outfitted with a Toto washlet bidet seat, separate shower and bathtub, and two sinks. My parents were also staying in a separate room so the hotel placed us on the same floor, which was thoughtful and convenient. On the first day, we ate at the Seaside Grill which seemed a bit pricey for what we received. However, we also dined at the Plumeria Beach House for a breakfast and dinner and really appreciated both the food and watching the sun set as we dined on the lanai. We wanted to try out Arancino because a friend thought it was the best Italian she had eaten in sometime but weren't able to due to lack of planning on our part. The concierges were excellent. Leimomi was a lifesaver and arranged a dinner reservation for 12 people at the last minute! Dee Dee steered us to Gone Surfing for a surfing lesson for my 9 year old that helped him have an fantastic first time experience. Dean and Cameron arranged our time on the Holokino (based at the Kahala), as well as excursions to Bishop Museum and a docent-led tour of Iolani Palace (which we had always wanted to do). My husband and I went to the gym on an off-time and were helped by a friendly and helpful gentleman as we tried out various equipment. When we decided to hike Diamond Head one morning, the valet handed us bottles of water and some towels as we got into our vehicle, which came in handy. All of the valets and housekeeping staff whom we encountered were friendly and professional. The only hiccup that we had during our stay was a bad odor in our room. We first complained about it but then thought that it was in our imagination. I bought a fragrant candle to deal with it but then said that we really should have moved as it wasn't going away. Housekeeping said that they had shampooed the carpet before our stay so something had happened in our room. They tried an ozone machine and a second shampoo before offering to move us to a different room. By that time, we only had a day or so left so we didn't think it was worth it. The hotel comp'ed our parking and gave us a dessert tray to make amends. Even afterward, I received a call (because I had been open to receiving a call) and was told that I should call back directly to make reservations and that they would take care of us. My parents' room didn't have any problems, and they were truly happy that we stayed at the Kahala versus somewhere in Waikiki. Since this was probably the last time that my parents would return to Hawaii, I was happy that they were happy and thought that everyone who worked at the Kahala truly has the aloha spirit. Mahalo!
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The Kahala Hotel & Resort


Private Beach

Spend a day on the silky ivory sands of this secluded private beachfront. Stretching 800 feet in length and featuring loungers and towel, this is a great place to go for those seeking to relax.

Dolphin Quest

A beautiful family of bottlenose dolphins are homed in the resort's 26,000 square foot natural lagoon, offering a breathtaking educational experience for guests, with face-to-face in-water interactions making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Outdoor Pool

Surrounded by palm trees and ringed by a sun terrace with comfortable loungers, this lively pool area is one of the most popular places within the resort and is perfect for cooling off during a hot Hawaiian day.

The Kahala Spa

This authentic wood-panelled spa centre offers a luxuriously indulgent environment for relaxation and wellness treatments. Floral lotions, varied massages and private treatment rooms ensure that you can enjoy a moment of serenity all to yourself.

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