This stylish resort has a long sandy beach, tropical gardens, a natural lagoon, sports facilities and is close to shopping and entertainment of Waikiki Beach. The hotel (previously Kahala Mandarin Oriental), overlooks Diamond Head and Koko Head craters on Oahu.
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The property is located 10 minutes by car from Waikiki and 15 minutes by car from Honolulu's business district. One of the unique features of the resort is the natural lagoon which is home to four Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, tropical fish and Green Sea turtles. The Adult Dolphin Encounter program includes a shallow water encounter and swimming in the Dolphin Lagoon.
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Things to Do
Choose from a number of activities, including a complimentary surfing and body boarding class, scuba diving classes, yoga, snorkeling and bicycling.
Complimentary daily classes are offered to guests interested in lei making, lauhala weaving, Hula dancing and quilting. Golf and tennis are available nearby.
There is a program for kids ages 5 to 12 at the Keiki Club. In addition, children ages 5 to 12 can participate in the Kid's Quest For Knowledge, a hands-on 2-hour program with emphasis on education about dolphins, fish, turtles, rays and predators.
Rooms & Suites
There are 371 guest rooms and luxury suites decorated in classical style with nautical touches. Ask for a room with a view of the ocean.
Where to Eat
There are a number of dining options to choose from. The resort signature restaurant, Hoku's, serves ethnically diverse cuisine and features panoramic views of the Pacific. Plumeria Beach Cafe offers casual dining beachside. Honu Bar and Terrace is situated next to the turtle ponds and offers casual dining. Tokyo-Tokyo is a modern Japanese restaurant.
Does the Hotel Offer Packages?
The resort is offering several family and romantic packages, perfect for a beach vacation in the tropics. Look for seasonal offers around the holidays as well.
The Road from Waikiki Beach to Kahala
Drive or jog along the road from Waikiki to Kahala to enjoy beautiful views of Oahu. Once you leave the town with its shops and restaurants, the road leads past Diamond Head, the lighthouse and scenic cliffs overlooking the ocean. There are several scenic overlooks along the way where you can admire open ocean views. By car, Kahala is about 15 minutes from Waikiki. If you are planning to walk, it will take about 2 hours. The walk is uphill part of the way. Be sure to bring some water.
Diamond Head is a volcanic crater located on the southeast coast of Oahu, just past Waikiki. From Waikiki Beach, the mountain can be seen rising from the ocean to its 760-foot summit. The road from Waikiki to Kahala offers several scenic lookout points along the way. The Lighthouse is located near the road. You can see it, but there is no path to reach it. The best view of the lighthouse is from the top of the mountain. The hike up is easy to moderate and takes about 1.5 hours. At times it is quite steep, especially near the two sets of stairs. Since there is an unlit tunnel along the way, it's a good idea to bring a flashlight. There is no shade, so wear plenty of sunscreen and bring drinking water.
Plan This Trip:
The resort is about 20 minutes by car from Honolulu International Airport, however, the trip will take longer during rush hour. Room rates start from US $525 per night.
Location: 5000 Kahala Avenue , Honolulu , Hawaii , United States , website, 808-739-8888