Hawaii Mom Blog: Halekulani - Hawaii’s Finest Iconic Hotel To Reopen October 1, 2021 Following A Comprehensive Renewal




July 28, 2021

Halekulani - Hawaii’s Finest Iconic Hotel To Reopen October 1, 2021 Following A Comprehensive Renewal

House without a Key at Halekulani 
(photo courtesy of Halekulani)

Halekulani Corporation today announced additional details regarding the restoration of its iconic flagship, Halekulani, which has been closed since April of last year and will reopen on October 1, 2021.  In order to preserve Halekulani’s legacy as the hotel heads into its second century, the restoration has been both meticulous and wide-ranging, encompassing the hotel’s physical infrastructure and public spaces, guest rooms and suites. The announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation. 

“Since its founding over a century ago, Halekulani has achieved worldwide renown and singular status, recognized by our international guests, local community and employee family for unparalleled quality and unequaled service excellence in an idyllic setting and steeped in Hawaiian culture,” said Mr. Shaindlin. “Halekulani Corporation and our ownership, Mitsui Fudosan, is committed to sustaining Halekulani’s unequaled standards of excellence as well as its distinguished and world renown legacy, and the renewal of our “House Befitting Heaven” will ensure Halekulani’s stature as the finest hotel in Hawaii and one of the best in the world for decades to come.”


Halekulani’s unique architecture and exterior aesthetic has been painstakingly preserved, and the historic main building, including its trademark “Dickey Roof.”  The hotel’s iconic gatehouse and porte-cochere have been revitalized to further enhance its welcoming aesthetic and spirit of aloha.  Halekulani’s public spaces will undergo an understated transformation inspired from Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage and encompassing a holistic sense of renewal.


Halekulani’s guest accommodations have been thoughtfully revitalized and designed, enhancing the property’s signature “seven shades of white” aesthetic philosophy.  Framing dramatic and expansive views of the majestic Pacific Ocean and the verdant, oasis-like grounds of the resort, the overarching theme of nature and blending the sea with the sky will offer a haven of elegance and serenity.  New elements of warmth and texture will serve to enrich the design, infusing a sense of harmony and balance throughout. Wooden panels and cabinetry will be incorporated, as well as textured wall coverings and meticulously crafted furnishings to fuse the subtle influences of European, Hawaiian, and Asian cultures.

Halekulani guest room 
(photo courtesy of Halekulani)

House Without A Key, one of the hotel's most legendary and popular venues, as well as celebrated as a premier oceanfront destination for live Hawaiian entertainment, hula performances, and sunset cocktails, is being completely transformed with a new shaded outdoor bar, a state-of-the-art exhibition-style glass kitchen and contemporary furnishings that complement the setting from which to take in Hawaii’s most spectacular sunsets.  In addition to a redesigned entry that offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head and Halekulani’s historic Kiawe tree, House Without A Key will offer guests a culinary and entertainment experience unlike any other when its transformation is complete in late November.  Until then, the restaurant will offer guests a special evening menu of signature cocktails, small bites and live Hawaiian entertainment.  Immortalized in the first Charlie Chan novel, written by Earl Derr Biggers in 1925 where the old Halekulani once stood, House Without A Key has become one of the most famous and desirable settings in the world.


Inspired by Hawaii’s indigenous flora and tropical natural beauty, Halekulani’s landscaping has also been renewed and enhanced to evoke a sense of serenity throughout the property, incorporating vivid, colorful hues from flowering plants and foliage to create an even more spectacular surrounding. The re-design also features Native Hawaiian indigenous and local species, including the King Kalakaua spider lily and extremely rare Dwarf Rainbow Plumeria. The Merwin Garden at Halekulani, uniquely developed as an homage to the internationally acclaimed poet, W. S. Merwin, has been perpetuated to reflect the Merwin Palm Forest on Maui, his life-long work.


Since its inception, Halekulani has become a bastion of Hawaiian culture, a foremost patron of the arts, and a distinguished showcase for local artists.  Over the years, Halekulani has assembled one of the finest collections of local artworks in the state of Hawaii which has been formally documented and curated for the first time.  When Halekulani reopens on October 1, 2021, The Halekulani Fine Arts Collection will be exhibited throughout the property for guests to view and experience. This Fall, Halekulani will introduce Inspired Living, an innovative and unique selection of specially curated interactive en suite guest activities and services providing priceless individualized experiences from the world of the hotel’s Halekulani Living arts and culture programs.


Halekulani is taking reservations for arrivals from October 1, 2021. For more information, please visit www.halekulani.com.

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