As reopening approaches, Halekulani releases more details of its refresh

The Halekulani Corp. released additional details of its 18-month renovation and refresh of its Halekulani resort in Waikiki, including the creation of a new activity series and a more structured approach to displaying its extensive art collection.

The property is set to reopen Oct. 1. It has been closed since the start of the Covid pandemic.

The project is not a big departure from the hotels’ existing aesthetic, but almost every area of the property has been touched, including the infrastructure, public spaces and guestrooms.

The Halekulani opened in 1917, and the main building’s architecture, including its distinctive Dickey roof, have been preserved. The hotel’s gatehouse, porte cochere and public spaces have also been revitalized, drawing inspiration from Hawaii’s cultural heritage.

The 453 rooms and suites have been updated while still adhering to the property’s existing “seven shades of white” aesthetic. New wooden panels and cabinetry are being incorporated in addition to textured wall coverings and crafted furnishings that are influenced by European, Hawaiian and Asian cultures.

House Without A Key, an oceanfront restaurant and venue that hosts live entertainment, will have a new shaded outdoor bar, an exhibition-style, glass-walled kitchen and new contemporary furnishings. Additionally, the entryway has been redesigned to open up more expansive views of the ocean and Diamond Head. House Without a Key’s renovation is expected to be completed in November.

Halekulani’s landscaping has also been revamped, incorporating colorful flowering plants and foliage that includes such Native Hawaiian indigenous and local species as the King Kalakaua spider lily and rare dwarf rainbow plumeria.

For the first time, the art collection of the Halekulani, which focuses on locally made works, has been formally documented and curated. Upon reopening, the Halekulani Fine Arts Collection will be exhibited throughout the property. Guests will see more of it displayed as well as more information about the works and their creators.

The hotel will also introduce a new series of activities dubbed Inspired Living, a collection of arts and culture programs that can be enjoyed in the guestrooms and provide an individualized experience.

“Halekulani Corporation and our ownership, Mitsui Fudosan, is committed to sustaining Halekulani’s unequaled standards of excellence as well as its distinguished and world renown legacy, and the renewal of our ‘House Befitting Heaven’ will ensure Halekulani’s stature as the finest hotel in Hawaii and one of the best in the world for decades to come,” Peter Shaindlin, COO of Halekulani Corp., said in a statement.

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