HONOLULU, HI—Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has debuted its newest resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club.
Located on Kalakaua Ave., the resort celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 28 with a reception hosted by Mark Wang, president, global sales and HGV. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other local dignitaries were also present.
The hotel is the final component of the Waikiki Beach Walk development, known for shopping, dining and entertainment.
“Hokulani Waikiki is designed for sophisticated, cosmopolitan travelers—visitors who want to be right in the center of Waikiki’s excitement and energy,” said Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations–Asia-Pacific. “The resort has a great location, just two blocks from the beach and steps away from popular dining and shopping. But what really sets Hokulani Waikiki apart is its design approach, which combines a distinctive Hawaiian style with a vibrant, urban aesthetic.”
“The opening of Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is the perfect finishing touch to the Outrigger-led development of Waikiki Beach Walk,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Waikiki Beach Walk was developed to be an exciting and stylish gathering place for visitors and residents alike. That reputation has only been enhanced with the opening of the Hokulani Waikiki.”
Leading architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu was commissioned for the complete overhaul of the resort’s previous footprint, the former OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel, which began in 2012. Los Angeles-based Indidesign was selected for the interior design which incorporates the use of natural and native materials, finishes and textures designed to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Design expressions echoing elements such as the sky, water, fire, land, stone and light pervade throughout the property through subtle, sophisticated finishes and features providing a distinctive Hawaii style, but with an urban, contemporary aesthetic, according to the company. Celestial touches such as low-hanging orb pendent lamps and names of locations throughout the property are designed to complement the resort’s name, Hokulani, meaning “heavenly star” in Hawaiian.
The 14-story property includes 143 one-bedroom suites. Each unit ranges from 545 to 575 sq. ft. and includes a boutique kitchen with a two-burner cook top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and Tassimo espresso maker. Slide-out shelving houses appliances and glassware. The living area features a sleeper sofa, coffee table, dining area and an integrated TV and gaming entertainment system. The bathroom has both a soaker tub and separate shower room, washlet with bidet functionality and an LCD screen set integrated within the vanity mirror. Every unit also has a private Juliet balcony with either a city or skyline view.
Nā Lani Sky Lounge—an open-air rooftop pool bar—offers six private cabanas outfitted with a flat screen TV, beverage refrigerator and comfortable seating. In addition to a plunge pool, there is also a hot tub and outdoor rain showers.
Nā Moku Café adjoins to the lobby, which transforms from a morning breakfast café to an evening bar and social scene. It offers indoor and al fresco seating. The space is accented with natural elements including living walls, a water wall and fire urns suspended over a pool of water.
Other amenities include a fitness center, a business center, a laundry room on each floor and valet parking.
HGV also operates three resorts on Hawaii Island: Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club and The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort.