The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, the Waikiki landmark epitomising regal sophistication and enduring charm for more than eight decades, celebrated its milestone 90th anniversary on 1 February. Affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, The Royal Hawaiian has been a haven of luxury and gracious Hawaiian hospitality for generations of jetsetters since it opened on a pristine expanse of Waikiki Beach on 1 February 1927.
An opulent 90th Anniversary Gala reminiscent of Opening Day in 1927 is planned for Friday 3 March in the resort’s historic Monarch Room. Themed “The Night They Opened The Royal”, the event is a benefit for the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association in Hawaii. Tables are being sold, as well as individual tickets, which are priced at $350 per person and can be purchased by going to 501Auction.com/RoyalGala.
Throughout 2017, The Royal Hawaiian is introducing a number new guest experiences, services and programmes that will help the resort embark on its next 90 years.
Among the new initiatives is the grand opening of the Royal Hawaiian Bakery, which will make The Royal Hawaiian the first hotel in Hawaii to feature its own stand-alone bakery. The one-stop confectionery located on the resort’s Coconut Lanai offers everything from The Royal Hawaiian’s famous banana bread and classic freshly baked desserts to custom-created cakes by Executive Pastry Chef Carolyn Portuondo, whose talents have been showcased nationally. The bakery also offers a range of artisan baked goods such as Big Island honey butter kouign-amann, Pink Palace haupia croissant braids, Royal croissant bread pudding muffins, Hawaiian Vanilla crème broche with locally grown berries, limited-edition coffee blends and gifts. In celebration of the resort’s 90th anniversary in 2017, the Royal Hawaiian Bakery is offering special commemorative tins for purchase that allows guests to pick from a variety of baked goods to place in the tins to take a little bit of The Royal Hawaiian home with them after their stays.
The Royal Hawaiian is also planning to introduce several new programmes and initiatives during its anniversary year. Among them are:
- Bell-ringing ceremony: a symbolic ringing of the bell in The Royal Hawaiian’s famed Bell Tower every evening at 6pm.
- Artist-in-Residence Eva Makk: painter who will be featured at the Coconut Grove later this year. Makk has donated one of her original pieces titled, “Royal Reflections” to the 90th Anniversary Gala for the silent auction on 3 March.
- Executive Chef Colin Hazama’s “A Chef’s Epicurean Journey:” a quarterly culinary programme each quarter. Epicurean Journey events will focus on “Roots & Vines” (March), “Misfits” (June), “Archipelagos” (September) and “The Royal Feast” (December).
- The Bar at Azure: Azure Restaurant, the culinary landmark at The Royal Hawaiian, introduces The Bar this year, offering exceptional wines by the glass, as well as wine flights and a menu with lighter fare.
- Fashion partnerships: Paul Mayer limited-edition designer shoes in commemoration of the 90th and a special shirt by Tori Richard, who has a number of signature designs, including one with The Royal Hawaiian on it.
Bridal couples interested in tying the knot at the one of the most romantic locales in Hawaii can choose from of six distinctive wedding styles for life’s ultimate celebration. Only at the Royal Weddings themes include an everlasting classic, to whimsically fun, to chic, vintage, indigenous and en vogue. The Royal Hawaiian’s beachfront oasis is an idyllic setting for Only at the Royal Weddings – spectacular soirees that will delight the senses with fairytale offerings that blend the resort’s impeccable amenities, service and setting.
In addition, The Royal Hawaiian has also introduced a room package throughout its 90th anniversary year (blackout dates are 17-31 December 2017). With a minimum three-night stay, guests who book in the historic garden with prices beginning at US$430 per night; historic ocean starting at US$560 per night, and the Mailani Tower oceanfront starting from US$570 per night, guests will receive a US$90 resort credit, an exclusive Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary welcome amenity, and a US$90 resort credit that may be used for dining, pool cabanas or at the A Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha Aina. Guests can also choose between a special Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary luggage tag or luggage strap.
“During this 90th anniversary year, the Pink Palace of the Pacific is celebrating all year to give guests many different ways to capture the sweet memories of their time here…Only at the Royal,” said Cheryl Williams, GM, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.