Hawaii Mom Blog: Kama'aina Staycation at the Kahala Hotel and Resort




July 16, 2020

Kama'aina Staycation at the Kahala Hotel and Resort

Ocean Front room view.

As you know, mostly all Hawaii hotels shut down in March due to the stay at home orders.  In June, the Kahala Hotel and Resort began to welcome back guests with special offers for Hawaii residents.  I was desperate to continue our family's tradition of a staycation for the 4th of July weekend so I booked the July Kama'aina special. 

The offer for Hawaii residents includes: rates starting at $279 for any scenic room, 50% off Dolphin, Ocean View, and Ocean Front rooms and suites, early check-in guaranteed, complimentary late check-out, complimentary self-parking, each room cleaned and vacant 48 hours prior to arrival, and special Dolphin Quest offers.    

To be honest, I was a little worried about our staycation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, my fears were eased after reading the Kahala Clean Promise.  According to their website, the Kahala’s Health & Safety Protocols were carefully developed in accordance with the directives from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hawaii State Health Departments and local Governments.

The Kahala has implemented new staff training on cleaning and disinfectant techniques, use of PPE, and contact tracing.  Most importantly to me, guests are required to wear a mask in all public areas and all social distancing guidelines are being followed. 

The Kahala lobby.

The kids wearing masks in public spaces.
After dropping off our luggage and self-parking, the check in process was a breeze and as promised our room was ready for us at noon.  Our room had a beautiful ocean front view with a lanai.  It wasn’t until our last day that I actually took my eyes off the ocean and looked down to see a view of the dolphin lagoon as well!

Ocean views.

Almost didn't look down!  We would have missed this great view of the dolphins.

For our family of 4, we opted for the double beds and found the bathroom layout with sinks on opposite walls to be perfect for us.  There are also closets on each end of the bathroom and a separate shower and deep soak bathtub.   

Rooms are approximately 550 square feet with one king bed or two double beds. 
Rooms have a chaise lounge, desk, and small table.

You will find dual dressing areas and deep soak bathtub in your bathroom.  

One of the most spacious lanais we have experienced. 
I enjoyed my cup of coffee using the in-room Keurig on the lanai each morning while the kids slept in.  

This is the super cute pet amenity my friend received.
After taking in the view on the spacious lanai, we changed to our swim clothes and headed down to the pool which is open from 9am to 5pm.  Chairs are available on a first come first serve basis.  You also have the option to reserve a cabana for a fee. 

Being a holiday weekend, the pool was pretty crowded with lots of little ones having so much fun.  My kids are 9 and 13 so we decided on the beach instead.  The Kahala pool kiosk provides towels and chair covers for the beach loungers.  We stayed hours on the sandy beach and playing in the calm waters.  We were off to a fantastic start of our weekend getaway.

Gorgeous sandy beach.

Pretty easy to social distance.
Cade is enjoying a smoothie and kid's meal from the Kahala's Seaside Grill.  

Cabanas are available for all day rental.

After the day at the beach, we went back to our room to relax and enjoy the sunset.  What I love most about these staycations is that there are no chores and no stress!  Just plenty of time to recharge yourself and reconnect with your loved ones.  

Girl talk in our Kahala bath robes.

We were treated to a beautiful rainbow.

During our stay, the fitness center was open from 6am to 2pm with a limited number of machines available to comply with social distancing.  As room service is not available, the Kahala is offering all day takeout and most of their restaurants have reopened for dining. 

The Island Beach Bento comes complete with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert!

Our second day was much the same: eat, beach, repeat; and then our two night stay was over in a flash.  We were all sad to leave, but having the 3pm late checkout  gave us the opportunity to take our last day at a very leisurely pace.  I especially needed a get away, but my whole family benefited from the fun and sunshine we found at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.  We would definitely do it again.  

 Thank you to the Kahala Hotel and Resort for the room upgrade 
and complimentary use of the cabana.

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