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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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July 8, 2020

Kama'aina Deals at Arancino Di Mare




For a limited time, Arancino Di Mare is offering Kama'ainas 20% off all menus, and 50% off Weekend Lunch Specials.



We took advantage of this amazing deal by ordering the spaghetti bolognese for take-out last weekend. This meal is normally $26, but we got it for $13 with our local ID.  Not only is the price right, but the food is delicious!!



We got ours for take-out, but the restaurant is open for dine-in customers. They have a nice outdoor seating area, and the restaurant goes through great lengths to make your dining experience as safe as possible.  



Arancino Di Mare
2552 Kalakaua Avenue
(808) 931-6273

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June 19, 2020

HoMA to Reopen July 16: New Evening Hours, Safety Guidelines, and Kamaʻāina Fridays!

The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is thrilled to announce it will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16 with new hours geared toward Hawai‘i residents and several new safety protocols in place, after a nearly four-month closure due to the government’s statewide “shelter-in-place” order in late March.
“Utilizing social media and digital outreach, our focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to act as an oasis of art, culture and conversations for our audiences here and throughout the country during a very difficult time,” said Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “As the community embarks down a path to recovery and new norms, we are truly excited to welcome everyone back to reconnect with the art that we’ve all missed, and surround ourselves in the uplifting and healing environment that our museum represents.” 
Upon reopening, the museum will adjust its days of operation to Thursdays through Sundays and introduce new evening hours. This new schedule will allow the museum to ease back into full operations and allow for maximum accessibility for the community. HoMA will have evening hours on the weekends for the first time since 1972, when it became the first museum in Hawai‘i to do so. 
The museum’s new hours are:
  • Thursdays – 10am to 6pm (extended two hours)
  • Fridays and Saturdays – 10am to 9pm (new evening hours, extended five hours)
  • Sundays – 10am to 6pm (extended two hours)
“HoMA has always been a gathering place for the local community and we’re adjusting our hours to reflect that commitment,” said Deputy Director Allison Wong. “Being open in the evenings will allow local residents who work during the week to relax, unwind and get away from it all in our art galleries and courtyards, much like you might take in a movie or go to a restaurant for an evening out on the weekend.” 
The HoMA Café will be open and observing safe social distancing with grab-and-go menu items, as well as drinks and refreshments. “The idea is that you can gather safely and enjoy an evening beverage under the stars in our courtyards,” said Food and Beverage Director Josh Hancock. “We’ll have options for keiki and adults, so that the whole family can enjoy the unique experience of being in the art museum at night.”
Pau Hana Fridays for kamaʻāina
As a part of HoMA’s ongoing commitment to being accessible and welcoming to the local community, the museum is excited to partner with Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard® to extend free admission to all Hawai‘i residents every Friday from 4-9pm through September 11. “We remain committed to elevating the art experience through our longtime partnership with the museum and believe this rare evening setting is a great opportunity for residents from across the islands to reconnect with family and friends in a fun and enriching atmosphere," said Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. 
Exhibitions
One of the most exciting aspects of HoMA’s reopening is the extension of 30 Americans, which will remain on view through September 6. The highly acclaimed national traveling exhibition features works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history, and was well-received prior to the museum’s abrupt closure in March.  
Presence features abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by eleven modern and contemporary African American artists. Works in this exhibition are from the museum’s permanent collection.
The ongoing Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji is an in-depth exploration of Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, one of the most famous ukiyo-e series in HoMA’s collection.
New health and safety measures
Like all other public venues here and around the world that are prioritizing the health and safety of their crowds and audiences, HoMA is adhering to local, state and federal guidance limiting group gatherings and social distancing. The museum will also introduce timed-entrance, contactless payment options, one-way gallery paths to regulate flow of visitors, and the requirement that masks be worn at all times. Enhanced daily cleaning of high traffic areas will be implemented with an emphasis on counter tops, doors, elevator buttons and other frequently touched areas. 
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August 1, 2019

Kamaʻaina Thursdays at The Kahala


Did you know that on Thursday evenings, local residents (Kamaʻainas) have access to a specially priced promotional menu at the Plumeria Beach House at The Kahala?



It's a great way to enjoy the food and ambiance of the Plumeria Beach House at a reasonable price.



For $49 (plus tax and gratuity), Kamaʻainas can feast on unlimited servings of salads and desserts, and their choice of entree.  


Bread and lavosh are complimentary - we powered through two baskets throughout our meal service.


You can make your own tossed green salad with all the dressings and fixins.


I opted for the Chinese chicken salad, which is always my favorite salad.



For entrees, two of us ordered the braised short ribs. It was very tender - no knife needed! 


Another person ordered the Catch of the Day Hong Kong Style. Today's Catch was mahi mahi - she liked it a lot.  It was moist and was accompanied with a nice serving of vegetables.



My friend who works at the hotel ordered the Poached Butterfish, which she often orders when dining here. The butterfish was very flaky and buttery.  

Not long after we finished our entrees, we headed for the dessert bar and tried a taste of each dessert.













Kamaʻainas - catch this special deal on Thursdays at the Plumeria Beach House!

4 hours of free parking with restaurant validation.  Book your reservation on OpenTable.com


Plumeria Beach House at The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue




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September 24, 2018

Rock-A-Hula BOGO Military and Kama`aina Specials

Rock-A-Hula is offering its last rockin’ seasonal special of the year. From October 1 through December 31, 2018, kamaʻaina and active duty military can take advantage of a Buy-One-Get-One FREE offer on a Rock-A-Hula Rockin’ Show ticket.

Whisking guests away on a thrilling "Hawaiian Journey" are featured homegrown Hawaii songstresses and Legends tribute artists from world-famous Legends in Concert of Las Vegas, all singing their greatest hits in their own natural voices. Artists are joined by the largest cast of Polynesian dancers, award-wining fire knife dancer and amazing musicians creating this one-of-a-kind show where the spirit of Aloha meets the sparkle of Las Vegas! Following the show, guests will enjoy a Meet & Greet with the talented cast. 

Kamaʻaina and military can purchase a Rock-A-Hula Rockin’ Show ticket at $69 per adult (tax inclusive) and receive a second ticket free. Guests must present a valid Hawaii or military I.D. and proof of being stationed in Hawaii at the time of check-in. 

For more information on this special and more, visit www.RockAHulaHawaii.com/kamspecials. To make a reservation, call (808) 629-SHOW (7469).
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August 13, 2018

Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites


A few years ago I stayed at the Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites for the first time, and was very impressed.

Almost three years later, not much has changed, as I recently stayed at the Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites again, and was once again impressed.

The Luxury Junior Suite Ocean View had a king bed, queen sofa bed, LCD TV, and a fully-equipped designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Italian cabinets, and granite counter tops.


The dreamy bed was welcoming after long nights of work events.


The bathroom was large with plenty of vanity space.

And the views from the balcony - no filter needed!




I felt right at home! 

Dining is just an elevator ride away at Cinnamon's at the Ilikai.  There's also an ice cream shop, fitness center, convenience store, coffee shop, spa, and more right on property!

A daily amenity fee includes such perks as complimentary Waikiki trolley rides, free Wi-Fi, Macy's shopping discount, Blu-Ray/DVD Player and Playstation 3 Console and rentals, complimentary newspaper, and so much more!

The Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites is ideal whether you're staying for business or pleasure!

Click here for special offers.

Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
1777 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.954.7417
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