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    Halekulani Begins its Exciting Restoration Journey

    Photo by Eathan Robertson 

    Hawaii officially reopened for tourism and there is a duet of hotels prepared for the kind of hospitality only a real Hawaiian hotel can give.

    Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, the hotel development and management division of Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, is pleased to announce that Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani and Halekulani have earned top ratings by the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, with Halepuna Waikiki garnering the title of the #1 Hotel in Hawaii. This is great news because Halepuna’s achievement follows its designation as the #1 Resort Hotel in Hawaii by the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards, signaling the first time in seven years for Hawaii and the third time in the history of the awards that one hotel has received both achievements. In addition to this rare achievement, Halekulani also earned a top spot on the list, receiving the award for the #3 Hotel in Hawaii.

    “It is an honor to be recognized by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler and we are humbled by the continued support of our two beloved properties,” said Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation. “This is the second time Halepuna has been named the #1 hotel in Hawaii in 2020 according to travelers around the world and is a true reflection of the persevering commitment of our teams and the signature service they deliver.”

    In addition to these milestone achievements, Halekulani has embarked on its restoration to maintain and sustain its legacy for the future. While the designs and details are still being finalized, the iconic architecture of the building will not change, and there will be comprehensive improvements and repairs to Halekulani’s infrastructure, physical plant and public spaces including a complete renewal of the hotel’s landscaping. Halekulani’s guest rooms and suites will be renewed but will retain their signature “seven shades of white,” enhanced with a sense of harmony and balance by adding elements of warmth and texture. The addition of wood panels and cabinetry, the use of honed natural stones, textured wall coverings and meticulously crafted furnishings will evoke a sense of classic Hawaiian residential architecture.

    Photo Courtesy of SpaHalekulani

    About Halekulani Corporation

    Halekulani Corporation owns and operates the globally acclaimed luxury resort Halekulani and the new luxury boutique hotel Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani in Hawaii. Halekulani represents a luxury hospitality legacy of unique and iconic proportions and has received more than 500 awards. Halekulani is home to award-winning SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. Following a multi- million-dollar transformation, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani debuts with the Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant. The hotel, which is situated in close proximity to its iconic sister property and was designed by acclaimed New York City-based firm Champalimaud providing hospitality hallmarks of the Halekulani brand such as innovative guest experiences and gracious service.

    Photo Courtesy of The Halekulani

    About Halekulani

    Since its inception in 1984 as one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, Halekulani has received more than 500 awards such as the recent Travel + Leisure readers’ poll, the “Best Service in North America,” as well as voted one of the Best Hotels in Hawaii by USA Today’s 10Best. Halekulani is home to SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids, Cattleya, and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. For twenty years, Halekulani has maintained a strong commitment to arts and culture through exclusive alliances with Oahu’s most iconic cultural venues. Halekulani is operated by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also oversees the newly opened Halepuna Waikiki. Halekulani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is aligned with Tokyo’s legendary Imperial Hotel. For further information, please visit

    Photo by Keyvan Mansouri

    About Halepuna Waikiki By Halekulani

    Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, located steps away from Waikiki Beach and directly across from sister property Halekulani, Hawaii’s most venerated hotel, appeals to Oahu visitors who are looking to be in the heart of it all. Opened as the first luxury boutique hotel in Waikiki, the “House of Welcoming Waters” encompasses 284 guest rooms, four suites, the first-ever Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant, the hotel’s full-service, all-day casual dining concept, a dramatic eighth floor pool deck and bar and fitness studio. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.X.V. collection, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani provides each guest with the highest standards of quality and personalized service, while celebrating the indigenous surroundings, culture and aloha spirit of the islands of Hawai’i. For more information, please visit

    Photo by Justin Kauffman

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