HONOLULU, Hawaii — Following a $35 million renovation, the Queen Kapi’olani Hotel will relaunch this summer. At Kapi’olani Park, the Queen Kapi’olani’s unique location, where Diamond Head meets Waikiki, is steps from the surf breaks of Waikiki Beach and the bustling shopping and nightlife of Waikiki.
The Queen Kapi’olani was built in the mid-1960s during Waikiki’s Golden Age as one of Honolulu’s grand full-service hotels, and its reimagining embraces its heritage with a retro-chic aesthetic while incorporating modern enhancements that meet the needs of today’s travelers. At 19 stories, the hotel offers 315 guest rooms, a large open-air lobby that fronts Kapi’olani Park, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an 8,000-square-foot third-floor lanai (outdoor deck) and pool.
This unusual space, referred to as the hotel’s outdoor living room, features a new restaurant, a bar and lounge and a pool. With Diamond Head as the backdrop, the third-floor lanai offers stunning panoramic views of the surf break at Waikiki Beach, the lush green lands of Kapi’olani Park and Diamond Head.
“We are thrilled to restore the Queen Kapi’olani Hotel to its former glory and to share this authentic Waikiki experience with new and returning visitors,” said Jeff Perkins, general manager. “Through our new rooms, renovated lobby and pool deck, and exceptional dining experiences, the Queen Kapi’olani will reclaim its renowned place in the hearts of both locals and global travelers.”
A destination for conferences, weddings and groups of all types, the hotel offers the Le’ahi Room, Le’ahi Lanai and Le’ahi prefunction spaces, which together provide over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space that captures the same aloha sensibilities.
In addition, the unveiling introduces a new culinary concept: Deck. The Queen Kapi’olani partnered with Plan Do See to create the fun yet relaxed restaurant, which serves cuisine inspired by local fresh catch and produce in a sharable style, as well as an array of craft cocktails.
Finally, in keeping with the Queen Kapi’olani’s community-oriented legacy, popular local artists were commissioned to create exclusive pieces that accent the lobby and common areas.
The Queen Kapi’olani Hotel, Waikiki Beach is open during renovation, with its completed transformation to be unveiled this summer.