For more than five decades, the Kaimana Beach Hotel has offered travelers the best of Waikiki and especially the beach for which this property was named. But when it reopens on February 1, this popular Gold Coast spot will boast an unfamiliar look to longtime guests, as the hotel underwent a refreshing, stylish redesign with the help of Private Label Collection and the Henderson Design Group. The result is a fun, fascinating tribute to everything we’ve loved about Honolulu for so many years.
With an ideal beachfront location and 122 rooms, this hotel already served as a fantastic retreat for families, couples, surfers and all-around beach bums, but its new “modern-boho” appeal will make it an instant choice for the Insta-crowd. Every aspect from the lobby to the new top floor suites has been given a cool makeover to seem like a retro beach house received modern comforts and amenities. The wall art and décor will turn as many heads as the beach views, while the room interiors will inspire all the rest and relaxation expected from a Hawaiian getaway.
Guests will especially be thrilled with the new, improved open-air Hau Tree restaurant, as James Beard Award nominee Chef Chris Kajioka has teamed with Executive Chef Alan Takasaki to create a menu with our favorite type of vacation plates: shareable. And mixologist Jen Ackrill has breathed new life into Hau Tree’s cocktail menu, serving photo-ready signature drinks that will need to be tried again and again, like the aptly named Hau Tree, which is made with Hibiscus Infused Pau Vodka, Yuzu and Lavender.
(We cannot wait to get that recipe.)
The location and all-around positive vibes make Kaimana Beach Hotel an incredible “base” for kicking off a classic Honolulu adventure, be it with e-bike tours, hikes, or any number of water sports. Perhaps the thing that makes this property so perfect for someone’s first Hawaii vacation or even a milestone 30th trip to the Aloha State is the connection to the local culture.
Be it through surf lessons with local legend Kai Sallas or sipping a can of water from Jason Momoa’s Mananalu company, which is devoted to ending single-use plastics, this is certainly a hotel that will make visitors appreciate Waikiki and Hawaii a little more while providing the backdrop for a vacation of a lifetime.