The Kahala Hotel & Resort is located on the island of Oahu just ten minutes from Waikiki, in the most prestigious residential area known as Kahala. The resort is situated among exotic gardens complete with a waterfall and lagoon which is home to fun-loving Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. The property sits on a secluded crescent shaped beach overlooking both Diamond Head and Koko Head craters.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort features 338-rooms, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, and the quiet tranquility of the resort’s Dolphin Lagoon. The legendary resort was originally built by Conrad Hilton who fashioned it as a secluded, exclusive retreat away from the boom of Waikiki. After it opened in 1964, it was soon embraced by the Hollywood community and became a magnet for celebrities and wealthy world travelers seeking a luxurious and private hideaway. Today, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is still a gathering place for the glitterati. In addition, families, couples and even business travelers have also discovered the virtues of this world-class resort.
LocationTen Minutes from Waikiki
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating4472 reviews
Found this place by accident. We were driving along the coast and made a wrong turn. Are we glad we did. We stayed here for the last two nights of our vacation. This place is amazing. They bent over backwards making sure that we were happy. Without a doubt, we would come back here.
Relaxing, beautiful, nice breezy weather, wonderful staff
We had a very relaxing enjoyable time! The scenic room was beautiful with the mountain houses twinkling lights at night. The bed and bathroom very comfortable. They even had heated toilets. The breakfast buffet that came with the room was the best I’ve ever had. Shout out to Jared, Kale, and Angie for giving great service, and everyone else. I can’t remember everyone’s name, but we loved our stay!
An Aging Beauty
Although the we found that Kahala is starting to show it's age a bit, mostly in small ways within the Dolphin Lanai room we had, it is still a glorious, high-end resort. It is far enough removed to feel secluded and private, small enough that it almost never feels crowded, and close enough to the action of Oahu that you'll never be wanting for things to do. The lobby and restaurants are very well executed, and all of the staff that we interacted with were amazing, and are truly what made the trip extra special.
Classic Hawaiian Luxury
I first visited the iconic Kahala Resort in 1981. While I have visited other tropical resorts since then, I have concluded you can't do better than The Kahala. The location is unequalled on Oahu. Located on the other side of Diamond Head from Waikiki, The Kahala offers a rare feeling of seclusion you won't find anywhere else on the island and a beautiful protected sandy beach. Perhaps the greatest asset of The Kahala is it's wonderful staff. They are cheerful, dependable, and professional. Many of them have been with the resort for 30-40 years. The resort boasts five separate restaurants so you dont need to leave the resort. However, if you do want to explore Waikiki it's only 15 minutes away and the hotel offers a free shuttle. The Kahala was built in 1964 and offers a classic ambiance that newer mega resorts can't duplicate. Unfortunately on our most recent visit the resort is showing it's age. The hotel is in need of general renovation including paint, carpeting, and bathroom remodeling. Everything still works but such work needs to be done soon to keep this iconic resort in the top echelon it deserves.
Mediocre food but great staff and beach
When we got to the hotel we were disappointed by the ugly view of the parking lot. It was not sea view but sea of cars. When we asked to be moved at first they said they had nothing else. For the price we paid we wanted at least a real Hawaii experience. Then James came to the rescue and areanged for a nice room. That part took anout a day of moving us around but finally landed. We were bothered by the Dolphin pools and the people who came to watch and swim with them in a small lagoon. A zoo. All this was fine but the food in the two restaurants was bad. From the bread to the artifical juices and lunch it was simply bad food. Cece tried her best to help us have a better experience but the nabagement needs to look at these supermarket sliced bread and lack of taste even in the simplest salads we had for lunch. That’s the reason for ys not to come back. Barely any beach service or umbrellas. Thank god for the fabulous Arancino restaurant! Hoku was pricey and pretentious.