ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

The ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is a resort hotel located in Honolulu, Hawai'i on Waikīkī Beach. The 'Alohilani opened in 2018, having 839 guest rooms and suites, an infinity pool, a 280,000 gallon, 3-story high oceanarium and two restaurants by "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto.[1][2]

ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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General information
LocationWaikiki, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Address2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Coordinates21°16′27.98″N 157°49′25.63″W / 21.2744389°N 157.8237861°W / 21.2744389; -157.8237861Coordinates: 21°16′27.98″N 157°49′25.63″W / 21.2744389°N 157.8237861°W / 21.2744389; -157.8237861
OpeningMay 8, 2018
Design and construction
Architect(s)Rockwell Group
Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
Pacific Asia Design Group
Other information
Number of rooms839
Website
https://www.alohilaniresort.com/

HistoryEdit

Residing on land that belongs to Queen Liliʻuokalani's Trust and named after one of her beachside cottages, the property underwent a $125 million redevelopment, officially opening on May 8, 2018.[2][3][4][5] 'Alohilani means "heavenly brightness" or "royal light".[6][7] In September 2019, the Queen Liliuokalani Trust sold the land beneath the hotel for $195 million to Safehold Inc., a real estate investment trust affiliated with iStar Financial.[8] On September 8, 2021, the hotel became the first in Hawaii to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers, going into effect on October 15.[9]

Notable featuresEdit

Two of the property's restaurants – Morimoto Asia Waikiki and Momosan Waikiki – are creations of Masaharu Morimoto, best known as an "Iron Chef" on the Japanese television cooking shows Iron Chef and its spinoff Iron Chef America.[10]

The resort's lobby houses a 280,000 gallon, 3-story high oceanarium (saltwater aquarium) featuring more than 1,000 indigenous marine life and coral reef formations.[4][11]

There is a heated saltwater infinity pool.[2]

There are two full-size, rooftop tennis courts on property.[11][12]

Nonprofit initiativeEdit

'Alohilani has pledged to plant 100,000 native trees across O'ahu and the Big Island in partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization committed to returning indigenous trees back to Hawai'i. [13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Romano, Andrea (3 November 2017). "This Stunning Hawaiian Resort Has a Three-story Oceanarium in It". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ Murar, Katie (15 December 2017). "Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach launches after $115 million rebranding". American City Business Journals.
  4. ^ a b "'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach". TravelPulse.
  5. ^ Cook, Lynn (11 May 2018). "'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach Celebrates Grand Opening". TravelPulse.
  6. ^ Neuman, Phoebe (19 September 2018). "Sneak Peek: Say Aloha to Waikiki's Newest Chic Retreat". Robb Report. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Pacific Beach Hotel Unveils Plans for $115 Million Redevelopment". Highgate. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  8. ^ Magin, Janis L. (16 September 2019). "Hawaii trust sells land beneath Waikiki resort to iStar affiliate for $195M". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Alohilani Resort Waikiki announces mandatory vaccination requirements". KITV. September 8, 2021.
  10. ^ Liao, Christina (15 February 2018). "Morimoto Asia Opens At Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach". Forbes. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b Allen, Kevin (12 February 2018). "The chic Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach opens at former Pacific Beach Hotel". Hawai'i Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  12. ^ "ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach To Be Unveiled In December 2017 Following $115 Million Transformation". ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  13. ^ Wu, Nina (8 May 2018). "'Alohilani Resort pledges to plant 100,000 native trees". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Alohilani Resort Celebrates Grand Opening with Cultural Initiative". KHON-TV. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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