Prince Waikiki emerges following $US55 million transformation
Today, The former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is launching it’s new identity as Prince Waikiki starting following an extensive $US55.4 million redevelopment. The eight-month renewal includes 563 transformed oceanfront guest rooms and suites, redefined dining options, a modernised lobby with unique personalised services, a new infinity pool, and enhanced meeting space.
“We’re thrilled to unveil an all-new experience that truly meets the needs and expectations of today’s traveller,” said General Manager Chuck Abbott. “Beyond the impressive physical transformation, we’ve also focused on personalising guest services and offering a modern artful place for travellers to gather.”
All 563 remodeled guest rooms and suites showcase floor-to-ceiling ocean views and a new comfortable seating area. With windows that open to tropical breezes, guests have the option to transform their room into their own private lanai. The décor and interior design gives nod to the hotel’s history: the carpet reflects sand dunes formed by the estuary where the hinana fish flourished, and the hand painted wall mural captures the naio flower, which thrived along the banks of the Pi`inao waterway. Spacious bathrooms include updated fixtures, modern basins and specialised bath amenities by Mālie Organics, featuring all-natural organic products embodying the tropical flora of Hawai‘i.
Lead architect G70 and Creative Resource Associates (CRA) designed and rebranded the hotel, aiming to perpetuate its sense of place by sharing the story of its location’s intriguing history as a gathering place.
Distinctive symbolic elements that once flourished at the site serve as the foundation for the redesign and rebrand: the muliwai, or thriving estuary; the Pi‘inaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams; the naio flower, an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, a nourishing fish; and limu ‘ele‘ele a rejuvenating seaweed.
With Chef de Cuisine Joseph Almoguera at the helm, the hotel’s signature restaurant, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, frames expansive sunset views and focuses on fresh island cuisine. The new bar’s experience is heightened with craft cocktails, beers and wines on tap, à la carte, buffet and a small bites menu. In addition, private dining venues offer unique options for special occasions.
Attracting locals and visitors alike, Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo opened its first overseas location on the hotel’s lobby level. Rounding out the hotel’s new dining options is Honolulu Coffee Company, offering a complete coffee experience in its café, also located in the hotel’s lobby.
Guests will appreciate new indoor and outdoor gathering spaces—lobby, pool, dining and event venues. A new infinity pool and exclusive Prince Waikiki Club lounge offers unparalleled views of the ocean while the Muliwai Deck allows for outdoor relaxation near the pool.
Suspended in the lobby is the signature art piece named Hulali i ka lā, meaning “glistening in the sun” which features over 800 pieces of shimmering copper. Designed by acclaimed local artist Kaili Chun, this artful exhibit is embodied in the hotel’s new logo. Another native Hawaiian artist inspired by the story, Solomon Enos, created vibrant abstract paintings displayed throughout the hotel.
Prince Waikiki pays tribute to its historic lands with the new names for the remodelled event spaces:
· Pi‘inaio Ballroom, a stylishly appointed 6,960 square-foot space designed to accommodate every kind of event with the capability of dividing the room into two rooms
· Manoa Boardroom, a 408 square-foot executive venue designed to facilitate collaboration and productivity
· Palolo Room, a 1,293 square-foot space that can be partitioned into four breakout rooms
· Makiki Room, a new venue with natural lighting, is an impressive 1,594 square-foot space
· Waihi Boardroom, another new space with natural lighting, is an intimate 358 square-foot space
· Muliwai Deck, an outdoor venue adjacent to the pool serves as a casual space for receptions and dinners
All meeting spaces are equipped with the latest technology.
Prince Waikiki is at the epicentre of Honolulu’s most exciting neighbourhoods—Honolulu/Chinatown, Kaka‘ako, Ala Moana and Waikīkī. From beaches and shopping of Waikīkī and Ala Moana, to the trendy restaurants that locals love, travellers are just minutes away from everything modern O’ahu offers. Guests can easily access landmark adventures such as Pearl Harbour, Diamond Head State Monument and the hotel’s 27 hole Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay championship golf course.