Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani checked in its first guests on 25 October to the new luxury boutique hotel. With 284 rooms and four suites, the multi-million-dollar transformed Halepuna Waikiki is located directly across from the iconic Halekulani.
Incorporating the culture of Hawaii and philosophy of Halekulani, Halepuna Waikiki provides guests with the highest standards of quality and personalised service. A refined retreat in the heart of Waikiki where Hawaiian traditions, warm, engaging service and fine design enrich every guest room, dining experience and amenity, Halepuna Waikiki celebrates the indigenous surroundings, culture, and aloha spirit of the islands. The ‘House of Welcoming Waters’ draws upon the legacy of the land and incorporates calming water-inspired design features throughout the property.
“We are extremely excited to introduce this new brand, Halepuna, which carries the hospitality DNA of Halekulani,” said Halepuna Waikiki General Manager Julie Arigo. “Halepuna Waikiki is for the traveller who is looking to be in the centre of it all in Oahu, while also feeling a sense of relaxation, escape, and comfort throughout their entire experience with us.”
New York City-based interior design firm Champalimaud and architecture firm Anbe, Aruga & Ishizu, Architects, Inc, were engaged for the past two years to design the public spaces, rooms and suites, artfully embracing the ethereal sensibilities of land and water. Featuring natural and refined elements inspired by Halekulani, the lobby showcases subtle, light and airy interiors, with custom light fixtures, teak finishes, vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows. Halepuna Waikiki’s public art program features contemporary art commissioned exclusively for the hotel and will showcase the works of select local artists. Each artist reflects a sense of place, and their works were influenced by Hawaii’s unique environment.
Providing a home away from home and an unparalleled experience in the heart of Waikiki, Halepuna Waikiki’s elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites feature custom artwork by local artists and furnishings in colour palettes of white, grey, beige and blue. The hotel consists of 284 guest rooms and four suites with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain range. Guestroom categories of Standard, Mountain, Ocean, and Deluxe Ocean range from 29-33 square metres with full and partial balconies. Ocean and Grand Ocean suites range from 57.5-68 square metres and are designed to provide timeless comfort with a panoramic view of Waikiki Beach.
The new Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant, located adjacent to the hotel lobby, will be the first branded Halekulani food and beverage outlet. The bakery features a range of fresh baked artisan breads, pastries, cakes, and coffees. A chocolate-viewing kitchen will allow guests to observe the delicacies being made daily, including Halekulani’s signature dragees, the classic chocolate macadamia nut pearls.
Eighth Floor Urban Escape
The reimagined eight floor provides a private haven exclusive to hotel guests. A destination for wellness and relaxation, the Urban Escape features a delightful infinity pool, deck and bar, fitness studio, garden sanctuary, and hospitality lounge.
Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani room rates range from $350 to $500 and suites start at $996, all based on double occupancy. For more information, call the hotel at 808-921-7272 or visit www.halepuna.com to book online, or contact your travel planner.