Halekulani Hotel

Halekulani is a U.S. luxury hotel located on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. It has 453 rooms in five buildings on 5 acres (20,000 m2) of property. Halekulani is a Hawaiian word meaning “House Befitting Heaven”.

It has three restaurants on the property – House Without a Key, Orchids, and La Mer. It is also the home of SpaHalekulani and the Lewers Lounge.

According to the hotel’s website, it is a member of both The Leading Hotels of the World and Imperial Hotels, marketing and trade associations geared toward luxury hotels.

Halekulani has received numerous awards, including a World’s Best 2005 award from Travel & Leisure magazine. It received Four Stars from Mobil Travel Guide and a AAA Four Diamonds rating.

The property is managed by Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani, a U.S. company.


The original Halekulani was opened in 1907 as a residential hotel called Hau Tree and was owned by Robert Lewers. Subsequently it was owned by Juliet and Clifford Kimball before being purchased in 1962 by the Norton Clapp family. Later, it was purchased by Mitsui Fudosan USA and incorporated as the Halekulani Corporation, a U.S. based company.

It re-opened as its present incarnation in 1984.
Notable features

* The swimming pool’s bottom is covered in 1.2 million South African glass mosaic tiles that form a distinctive design in the shape of an Cattleya orchid.[1]

* A century-old Kiawe tree in the outside area of House Without a Key

* Mahiole (Feathered helmet), a pair of 1983 stone sculptures by Charles W. Watson

* Cuba Gooding Jr., Matt Lauer, Bette Midler, J.J. Abrams and Diana Krall are just a few of the celebrities who have stayed there.

Halekulani, originally a private beachfront estate, has been accommodating discriminating travelers to Waikiki Beach since 1917. The hotel’s tradition of gracious hospitality prevails today in the same beachfront setting, an oasis of luxury, impeccable service and cuisine, which are renowned throughout the world.

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