Our History

The history of Halekulani is the history of hospitality in Waikiki. The first home here was so beautiful and its owners so welcoming, that the locals called it “Halekulani” or “house befitting heaven”. From the early bungalows on the property a century ago, to the sought-after resort that stands here today, Halekulani continues its legacy of genuine warmth and extraordinary service in an exceptional location.

Power and Value of Halekulani Brand

Waikiki has long been revered as a place of hospitality and housing. Ancient Hawaiians came to these waters to seek tranquility and relief from ailments. Today, this same location plays host to visitors from all over the world, and it is home to Halekulani, our "House Befitting Heaven."

Halekulani is built upon and dedicated to the philosophy of providing each guest with the highest standards of quality and personalized service, while celebrating its indigenous surroundings and culture, and reflecting the aloha spirit of the islands of Hawai'i.

From its humble beginnings as a collection of guest bungalows in 1917, the resort has gone through numerous transformations to become one of Hawai'i's most acclaimed destinations. In 1981, the hotel began a new era under the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, undergoing renovation immediately. The "new" Halekulani opened its doors in 1984. A short time later, in 1987, Halekulani Corporation opened the Waikiki Parc Hotel, directly across the street from Halekulani.

Brand Attributes:

  • Unrivaled product and service reputation in the global luxury marketplace
  • Supreme, high-value guest experience as delivered by ‘Halekulani’ brand
  • Extraordinary critical acclaim/media and consumer
  • Loyal international clientele/exceptional guest retention rate
  • Proven industry product, service and marketing pioneer
  • Established, comprehensive luxury hospitality standards, unique to Halekulani
  • Top-of-the-line Hawai'i REV PAR performance
  • Internationally-recognized culinary programs
Corporate Strengths:
  • Company reputation for high integrity and community commitment
  • Enhanced hospitality management team of seasoned and experienced caliber
  • Powerful commitment to the welfare and development of all employees
  • Sound financial standing
  • Proven, consistent profitability and financial growth
  • Long-term vision for success and partnership relationships
  • Ownership strength and resources, as supported by Mitsui Fudosan
  • Significant global sales, marketing and public relations reach, partnerships and alliances
  • Continued commitment to and development of best practices
Benefits of Partnering with Halekulani:
  • Dramatic and effective rebirth of legendary luxury resort
  • Maximization of asset value for current ownership
  • Significant return on investment for current ownership
  • Responsible stewardship of resort’s tradition and legacy
  • Long-term mutual-beneficial success of joint venture
  • Effective international marketplace penetration (particularly Asia)

Select Partnerships

  • Imperial Hotel, Ltd., Tokyo
  • The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle
  • Selected domestic and international travel trade suppliers
  • Selected world-class consumer travel & lifestyle publications
  • Designer Vera Wang for the Halekulani Suite
  • Steinway Lyngdorf & Sons for the Entertainment Lounge of the Orchid Suite
  • TOTO USA, Inc. for the spa master bath of the Orchid Suite
  • Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
  • Honolulu Museum of Arts
  • Hawaii State Art Museum
  • Bishop Museum
  • Iolani Palace
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Doris Duke's Shangri-La Estate