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.
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
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,
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 man-made 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
treatments ranging from a Hawaiian Pikake Flower Facial to a Lomi Lomi
Massage. The Mandara Spa also has a full service salon on its
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.
From the Honolulu Airport, it should take you less than half an hour to
reach the Hilton Hawaiian Village, depending on traffic conditions.
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.
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
local version of Duke Kahanamoku Beach that sits in front of the
Hawaiian Hilton Village.
Make sure to check out the other side of Waikiki,
towards the Diamond Head Area. You will find both the
Zoo and Waikiki
Aquarium located in the Kapiolani Park area,
which is a fun time for families and kids.
Make sure to check out “Best
Restaurants”! As for the surrounding
dinning at Roy’s Restaurant, Goma Tai (in the Ala Moana
Mall), The Chart House (Next door in the Ilakai Hotel), and The Waikiki Brewing Co. for good cheap eats.