The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is set on 14 acres of prime Waikiki beachfront.
Set on 14 acres of prime Waikiki beachfront, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, is a legendary landmark synonymous with glamour, sophistication, and timelessness.
The inspiring and distinctive character of the resort is known throughout the world as a destination of unparalleled romance and luxury. Combining its original grandeur with contemporary upgrades and an unprecedented commitment to providing personalized services, The Royal Hawaiian promises a vacation that’s genuinely Hawaiian and truly unforgettable.
In addition to touring the historic royal grounds, guests can experience various cultural activities such as hula lessons, coconut demonstrations, ukulele lessons, lei making, and even yoga lessons. They can also relax by the pool, partake in soothing organic treatments at the 7,000 square-foot Abhasa Spa or venture outward for such activities as surfing, outrigger canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing catamaran charters, all which can be arranged through concierge.
Dining at The Royal Hawaiian makes every meal an occasion to remember. Whether feasting under the stars in a private beachfront cabana, taking a historic journey through time at The Royal Hawaiian Lu’au – Aha’Aina, or enjoying fresh seafood at the jewel-toned Azure Restaurant, The Royal Hawaiian showcases continental classics and contemporary Hawaiian cuisine that draws inspiration from the ocean’s daily bounty and locally grown ingredients.
The perfect end to a day in the sun, the celebrated, tropical themed Mai Tai Bar sets the stage for romance and elegant relaxation. Numerous heads of state, Hollywood stars and international jetsetters have mingled with locals to sip exotic handcrafted cocktails at this popular destination. They enjoy listening to tropical music and live local entertainment while soaking in the breathtaking panorama of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815
By Kelly Taggart
The Royal Hawaiian Lu’au
Honoring a noble warrior, victory in war, celebrating a birth or offering praise for a bountiful harvest all served as reason for ancient Hawaiian citizens to gather, feast and dance. Today, The Royal Hawaiian Resort honors that tradition with Aha’ania, a Royal Lu’au Celebration.
Aha’ania (translated to “gathering for a meal”) is a rich journey through Hawaiian folklore and history. Set in three acts, this Lu’au is certain to educate, entertain and inspire attendees.
Act 1: A Thriving Hawaiian Community
Performed during a delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktail course. Celebrating the rich abundance of loko i’a (fishpods) and vibrant lo’I kalo (taro patches), you’ll experience a time where the ancients were masterful fishing experts with revolutionary irrigation methods.
Act 2: The Royal Feast
Performed after a traditional lei greeting. Skillfully performed by a masterfully wise storyteller, you’ll be enlightened with tales of Hawaiian customs as your palate is thrilled with waves of delectable culinary traditions.
Act 3: The Helumoa Story Unfolds
Sit back and relax as the talented performers take you on a historical Hawaiian journey. Starting with King Kamehamea and the Hawaiian royal beginnings of 1810, you’ll travel through life during the war, the Beach Boys, Hawai’i 5-0 and the incomparable Don Ho, ending with a celebration of today’s entertainment. It’s the perfect blend of history and spectacle designed to thrill your senses and delight your soul.
Aha’ania is an epicurean journey through time celebrating the rich history and culture of Hawai’i past, present and future – A certain “not to miss” event where you’ll delight in food, drink and entertainment as you learn the tradition of Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian Resort.
By: Doug Smith
Photos: Allen Carrasco
Making Waves at Waikiki Beach
Surfing and stand up paddling are among the myriad of Beach and Pool Services available through Waikiki Beach Services. Conveniently located poolside at The Royal Hawaiian, the Waikiki beach boys at Waikiki Beach Services can provide everything from surfing lessons and standup paddleboard classes, to outrigger canoe rides.
Offering so much more than typical resort rental services, the team’s knowledge of the history of Hawaiian surf heritage and authentic Waikiki Beach boy pedigree will create a day on the beach you’ll never forget.
By Greg Root