Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach has made its official debut after an extensive $115 million transformation of the former Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu. Introducing a “aloha-chic” factor as Hawaii’s sophisticated new modern resort in the heart of Waikiki, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach star-studded collaborators including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, acclaimed New York architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, which designed the resort’s lobby, restaurant, amenities, pool deck, guestrooms and suites; and architectural firms WATG and Pacific Asia Design Group.
The 839-room resort features five new culinary concepts – with the two Morimoto restaurants coming soon – and a destination pool deck along with authentic design touches inspired by Oahu’s lush landscape and rich cultural heritage. Residing on land held by the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, the property’s new name of Alohilani – Hawaiian for “the heavenly brightness” – was chosen to honor Hawaii’s last reigning monarch.
A grand porte-cochere entrance greets guests, while the lobby offers an open floor plan with soaring window walls and lofty ceilings. Lobby features include the O Bar with a re-imagined 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium that is home to more than 1,000 indigenous marine life and replica coral reef formations; new guest services and group arrival spaces; a residential-style business center; and retail boutiques.
Pocket gardens bring the island’s tropical flora indoors as a vibrant complement to Rockwell Group-designed custom furnishings that include a limestone reception desk, organic live-edge tables and show stopping light fixtures that invoke a refined island aesthetic. A coral wall sculpture by artist Nina Helms is a focal piece of the reception area, offering a poetic interpretation of the natural coral wonders that lie beneath the Ocean’s surface.
Each of the new guest rooms and suites have ocean, Diamond Head and city views. An airy, guest room experience is inspired by Oahu’s serene landscape and pairs rich natural materials with sensory photographs and a soothing palette of whites and beiges accented by pops of blues and greens. The resort also offers six one-bedroom guest suites with living rooms, dining nook and wet bar plus an elegant bathroom with dual vanities, wet room with rain shower and soaking tub.