Turning 50 and still excelling in charm and entertainment, the Hilton Hawaiian
Village is one of the most popular Oahu resorts. There
might be close to a hundred hotels
but there is only one that classifies as a true Oahu resort.
There couldn’t be a more grand entrance into Waikiki than entering the 22 acre Hilton Hawaiian Village. This Oahu resort features an island record of 5 swimming pools on site, a 5 acre salt water swimming lagoon, 5 hotel towers, 20 onsite restaurants, and a rainbow street bazaar that is part of the village that includes close to 100 shops through out.
With 5 different towers to choose from, and close to 3000 guest room available, you might want to put some thought into the variety of choices you have. Room rate generally range from $179 for a garden view to about $350 for a bedroom suite. The rates can vary both on the high and low side depending the time of year you’re traveling, and your room selection.
This tower is for you if the words “exclusive, luxurious, enhanced and private” are important to you. The Ali’i Tower is considered to be the elite choice at the Hawaiian Hilton Village. The accommodations, service and amenities are at there highest grade, including a private pool and fitness center.
This is a pretty popular tower, as you might have seen it in photos and postcards with a rainbow painted from head to toe on the beachside of the building. The Rainbow Tower sits next to the beach, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, and main pool. It would be my first choice if I was staying here!
Happens to be the oldest hotel tower in the resort. The Tapa Tower today is geared a little more towards business visitors. It’s closest to the Mid-Pacific Conference Center, and also has a conference center floor of its own. Tapa Tower also resides close to many shops and restaurants.
Home to a unique Hawaiian artifact collection provided by the Bishop Museum –a must see! Along with the Tapa Tower, it happens reside close to the main conference center and towards the front of the resort. But the Kalia Tower also has direct access to the extensive Mandara Spa, which can be a nice relaxing spot in the 22 acre resort to hangout.
This is more of a general tower, located close to the middle of the Hilton Hawaii Resort. The Diamond Head Tower is surrounded by shops, restaurants, tropical gardens, and
Located next to the beach lagoon, is the “Lagoon Tower” that is reserved for timeshare guest. The rooms are designed to be vacation condos with a cooking kitchen inside.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village has created an adventures tropical setting that offers many surprises and neat finds through out the resort. The Rainbow Bazar, multiple resort pools, swimming lagoon, extensive sandy beach, and Mandara Spa, Rainbow Revue & Fireworks show, and the Hawaiian Luau are all worth exploring.
The main entrance drive leads into the famous Rainbow Bazar that is surrounded by 40 retail shops set in a Pacific-Rim thyme that includes a 50 ft Japanese pagoda & farm house, a Thai Temple, and two huge granite lion statues that lead the path into the “Hong Kong Alley”.
Note worthy shops and eateries – Most of the resort shops and restaurants are unique, but make sure to check out Aloha Ukulele, Honolulu Cookie Company, ABC Store (if you have never seen one), Noa Noa (island creations), and Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream.
This Oahu resort features 5 swimming pools, including a new 2-tiered 5000 sq ft pool with 3 tropical waterfalls, running streams and bridges to cross, 2 heated soaking spas, and 4 fun watersides to slide down on, including a 75 ft long lava tube ride.
On the right hand side of the beach is a 5
acre manmade water recreation lagoon. I remember
playing around in
it as a kid, but it did not look like the beautiful picture below!
The Duke Kahanamoku recently got a 15 million dollar renovation, and looks more beautiful than ever! Today the swimming lagoon remains clean with 15,000 gallons of fresh ocean water pumping in every minute. Additional coconut palm trees, tropical plants and a two-tiered waterfall on a center island has turned this spot into a destination verses just an attraction.
If you are excited to step onto Waikiki Beach,
you will discover the
largest section of sand here at Duke Kahanamoku
Beach, that resides right in front of the Hilton
There is a protective sea wall that provides some calm ideal swimming conditions. You will also find an array of water activities, from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding, available thru the beach activity center.
I’m not a big spa person, but if I had to visit one…this is the place to go! Taking up 2 floors in the Kalia Tower, you will find the Mandara Spa. They provide 25 different treatments ranging from a Hawaiian Pikake Flower Facial to a Lomi Lomi Massage. The Mandara Spa also has a full service salon on its premises.
Make sure you’re around the Super Poolside before 7pm on Friday. The Oahu Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on an amazing 45 minute performance that includes a lighting of the torches ceremony, live Hawaiian music, and Polynesian dance performances. There are also activities for the Kekei’s (kids), a tribute to the legendary Duke Kahanamoku, and a grand finale of fireworks. Purchase a poolside seat for $15 next to the Ali’i Tower.
The Hilton Hawaii Village puts on a special luau every Thursday thru Sunday on top of their conference center roof garden. Guests are entertained with a huge production of live music, Hula performances, and Hawaiian cultural activities. The feast goes far beyond serving just Kalua Pork with Poi (although I find nothing wrong with that). You’ll also find entrees such as a guava rotissary sirloin steak and lemongrass Huli Huli Chicken. The fun begins at 5:30pm, and costs starts off at $49 for children ages 4-11, and $98 for adults ages 12 and up.
Walking distance to the Oahu Hilton Hawaiian Village, just across the Ala Wai Canal is the famous Ala Moana Shopping Center, a fascinating open-air 4-story mall, with close to 300 shops and restaurants.
Even if you are not a shopper, the mall itself is pretty impressive and entertaining to see. Catch a free Hawaiian performance on their center stage or grab a drink at the Mai Tai bar located at the top.
If you would like to stay close to the resort, but see a different area than Waikiki Beach, then take a 15 minute walk or short bus ride to Ala Moana Beach Park. I consider it Oahu’s local version of Duke Kahanamoku Beach that sits in front of the Hawaiian Hilton Village.
Walk out to the peninsula point and discover Magic Island! The kids will love the Half cressant moon beach and you will love the views!
Make sure to check out the other side of Waikiki, towards the Diamond Head Area. You will find both the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium located in the Kapiolani Park area, which is a fun time for families and kids.
Continue onto see the extenect volcano crater, where you can hike and explore the Diamond Head Trail, and visit the secluded beach below.
Make sure to check out “Best Waikiki Restaurants”! As for the surrounding area, I would recommend dinning at Roy’s Restaurant, The Pineapple Room (inside the Ala Moana Mall), The Chart House (Next door in the Ilakai Hotel), and The Rainbow Drive In (located on Kanaina Ave) for quick, good cheap eats.
Aloha & enjoy!!