The Royal Light of Alohilani

The Royal Light of Alohilani

With its stunning contemporary design and royal history, Alohilani is a shining star on Waikiki.

Let it be known by all that a vibrant, elegant Waikiki beach resort now graces grounds that were once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty. Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, dubbed her home-away-from-home Kealohilani – meaning “Royal Light” or “Heavenly Brightness.”

Today, the new Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach brings the sparkle and brilliance of contemporary design to this rarefied air, with a unique style and atmosphere all its own. Something the destination kingdom has proclaimed “Aloha Chic.”

In keeping with tradition, you can expect to be treated royally – from the moment you make your entrance and throughout your stay. We believe the queen would insist. You’re also invited to engage and enjoy every aspect of David Rockwell’s exquisite contemporary design, the trendsetting cuisine of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and the unique pleasures and treasures you’ll find only at Alohilani.

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With some rooms and suites featuring unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head, Merriam Webster may invent a word that means “beyond beautiful and more than spectacular.” When they do, they’ll include pictures of Alohilani views.

Not only will you see what “Aloha Chic” is all about, you’ll feel its welcoming vibe. Featuring natural materials, guest rooms are imbued with light and colors which complement and celebrate the feel of the beach that awaits outside. Whether you’re descended from royalty or not, rooms come with either one king or two queen beds, making it perfect for family, business or leisure travelers. And, the occasional princess and prince.

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Did your imagination just get a little overexcited? Or was that really a 280,000 gallon oceanarium you saw in the lobby? Not only is it real, it’s three-stories-high real, with giant plate glass windows that bring you eye-to-eye – and nose-to-nose – with native species of sharks, sting rays, turtles and schools of exotic fish.

Oceanarium, Image courtesy of Alohilani Resort

But why should the exotic fish and their friends be the only ones reveling in the water when you can enjoy Alohilani’s destination rooftop pool deck? With a full-service bar, private cabanas, reflecting pools, fire pit and hot tub. We could go on and on. The infinity pool certainly does.

Infinity pool, image courtesy of Alohilani Resort

Of course, in a place of regal legend, you would expect a culinary – and television – legend to create Alohilani’s exceptional dining experiences. Here, we will be twice blessed, with the only two Morimoto restaurants on Oahu. Morimoto Asia features the Iron Chef’s vision and creativity in a menu that marries Asian and Western influences. It’s a match made in culinary heaven. Momosan by Morimoto offers a fun and relaxed ramen dining experience, celebrating the art of the noodle in all its delectable diversity.

Other delicious perks at Alohilani include the fitness center, spa, movement studio, treatment rooms and rooftop tennis court. And then, of course, there’s Waikiki Beach famous for surfing, shopping, dining, family fun and memories that will last forever.

Speaking of which, remember that view of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head? Once seen you’ll remember it forever as well. And once experienced, the “Aloha Chic” of Alohilani will stay with you too. Which is quite a thing for something that’s just now trending. Then again, Queen Liliʻuokalani was trending in her own right once upon a time. Long ago, but not far away at all.