Family Holiday Part One- The Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu – Oahu
The Halekulani Hotel
Honolulu – Oahu
I think the 9-hour flight is a big plus as most destinations are so very far away from Australia.
The first hotel we stayed at was the legendary Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki which was fabulous!
The photo above is the very first photo I took… it was my first impression of this wonderful hotel. Having never visited before, I was keen to discover more about the history. The Halekulani – meaning “house befitting heaven” sits on 5 acres and has 453 rooms. The original hotel consisted of an informal group of bungalows surrounded by simple gardens which were unpretentious. With views to Diamond Head and the proximity to Gray’s beach, the site was very appealing. Originally opened as the Hau Tree Hotel and owned by Robert Lewers, the hotel has been in existence for 109 years! The Kimball family purchased the hotel in 1917 and owned it for 45 years before selling it on to the Clapp family, in 1962. The current owners bought the hotel in 1981 and after a huge renovation, it re-opened in its present incarnation in 1984.
We spent four nights at the Halekulani Hotel. The evenings were spent on the lawns, facing the ocean and the magnificent century-old Kiawe tree. The little girls loved the freedom of running around and the magic of the warm balmy evenings was accompanied by charming Hawaiian music and Hula dancing. The sunsets were spectacular.
The photo above was of the view from our room. The pool at the Halekulani is rather special. The oval pool is graced by more than a million glass tiles designed and made in Italy. Each tile was numbered and they were laid as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle. The magnificent Cattleya Orchid on the floor of the pool, is just visible on this photo.
The lawns around the pool have plenty of loungers to enjoy and I spent a happy day here with the little girls while others visited Pearl Harbour.
Below are more photos of this fabulous hotel.
From the beautiful gardens, buildings and courtyards, floral displays, excellent service and white shutters in the bedrooms, my whole experience at the Halekulani was blissful. I cannot wait to visit this beautiful establishment again soon. From Oahu Island, we made our way to Maui. Stay tuned!!