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Visionary Vibes

BY Kai Andersen | September 8, 2017 | Feature Features

A new chapter has opened for one of Kalākaua Avenue's most bustling properties. Later this year, the Pacific Beach Hotel, launched in 1969, will open its doors as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, ushering in a chic era for the famous sun-kissed strip.
The view from the cabana at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach's destination pool deck

A new chapter has opened for one of Kalākaua Avenue’s most bustling properties. Later this year, the Pacific Beach Hotel, launched in 1969, will open its doors as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, ushering in a chic era for the famous sun-kissed strip.

The $115 million redevelopment has given both public areas and the 839 guest rooms and suites a hip, modern identity. Acclaimed design firm Rockwell Group and architectural firms WATG and Pacific Asia Design Group have skillfully created a sleek yet altogether tropical ambiance. Even the landmark 280,000-gallon oceanarium has been reimagined, while the destination pool deck boasts a saltwater infinity pool, tiered daybeds, fire pits and more. (Kids get their own pool and club, ensuring relaxation.) Upstairs, accommodations—many boasting postcard-perfect views of the ocean or Diamond Head—evoke a modern beach house, thanks to natural materials like stone and wood and a serene palette of white and beige, accented by blues and greens.

Expect culinary wonders as well. In a true coup, the property has secured not one, but two, new restos from the Iron Chef himself, Masaharu Morimoto. Located on the second floor, Morimoto Asia Waikiki will continue the toque’s trend of innovatively blending Asian and Western ingredients for a Pan-Asian culinary journey. The second resto, Momosan Waikiki, takes a more casual spin, showcasing noodles, small plates and even a beer garden.

With all these alluring offerings, the resort’s name, Alohilani—or “heavenly brightness” in Hawaiian—is more than fitting, especially as the moniker also honors Queen Lili‘uokalani. (The resort, in fact, sits on land owned by the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust.) No wonder, then, such a regal experience awaits. Opening late 2017, rooms from $239 per night, 2490 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, O‘ahu, 922.1233

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