HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) recognized the official debut of its newest resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The contemporary, urban timeshare property is centrally located in the dynamic hub of Waikiki on famous Kalakaua Avenue.
The resort celebrated its grand opening Jan. 28 with a reception hosted by Mark Wang, president, Global Sales and Hilton Grand Vacations. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other local dignitaries welcomed Hokulani Waikiki as the final component of the vibrant Waikiki Beach Walk® development – known for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. The resort features Waikiki’s only open-air, rooftop pool bar complete with six private cabanas appointed with upscale amenities.
“Hokulani Waikiki is designed for sophisticated, cosmopolitan travelers – visitors who want to be right in the center of Waikiki’s excitement and energy,” said Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations–Asia Pacific. “The resort has a great location, just two blocks from the beach and steps away from popular dining and shopping. But what really sets Hokulani Waikiki apart is its design approach, which combines a distinctive Hawaiian style with a vibrant, urban aesthetic.”
“The opening of Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is the perfect finishing touch to the Outrigger-led development of Waikiki Beach Walk®,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Waikiki Beach Walk was developed to be an exciting and stylish gathering place for visitors and residents alike. That reputation has only been enhanced with the opening of the Hokulani Waikiki.”
Leading architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu was commissioned for the complete overhaul of the resort’s previous footprint, the former OHANA® Islander Waikiki Hotel, which began in 2012. Los Angeles-based Indidesign was selected for the interior design which incorporates the use of natural and native materials, finishes and textures to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Design expressions echoing elements such as the sky (lani), water (wai), fire (ahi), land (aina), stone (pohaku), and light (ao) pervade throughout the property through subtle, sophisticated finishes and features providing a distinctive Hawaii style, but with an urban, contemporary aesthetic. Celestial touches such as low-hanging orb pendent lamps and names of locations throughout the property are designed to complement the resort’s name, Hokulani, meaning “heavenly star” in Hawaiian.
The 14-story property includes 143 one-bedroom suites with sophisticated and personalized touches. Each unit ranges from 545 to 575 square feet and includes a boutique kitchen with a two-burner cook top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and Tassimo espresso maker. Sleek, slide-out shelving houses appliances and glassware. The living area features a sleeper sofa, coffee table, cozy dining area, and an integrated TV and gaming entertainment system. The spacious bathroom has both a soaker tub and separate shower room, washlet with bidet functionality and a LCD screen set integrated within the vanity mirror. Every unit also has a private Juliet balcony with either a city or skyline view.
Owners and guests can also access the exclusive Nā Lani (“heavens” or “the sky” in Hawaiian) Sky Lounge – Waikiki’s only open-air rooftop pool bar featuring dynamic urban views of bustling Kalakaua Avenue, the Koolau mountain range, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. Owners and guests can enjoy poolside cocktails or reserve one of six private cabanas outfitted with a flat screen TV, beverage refrigerator and comfortable seating. In addition to a plunge pool, there is also a hot tub and outdoor rain showers.
The spacious Nā Moku Café adjoins to the lobby, which transforms from a morning breakfast café to an evening bar and social scene, providing ample indoor and al fresco seating. The lively space is accented with natural elements including living walls, a water wall and fire urns suspended over a pool of water. Other amenities include a “Stay Fit” fitness center, a Business Center, a laundry room on each floor, and valet parking.
“Hokulani Waikiki is further proof of the popularity of HGV’s timeshare properties in Hawaii,” Klum said. “This new location provides a compelling complement to our three timeshare properties at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village. Our properties within the Village offer a relaxing and immersive beach vacation, while Hokulani Waikiki is designed to provide a more energetic urban experience.”
Hokulani Waikiki is located at 2181 Kalakaua Ave., adjacent to Lewers Street.
HGV also operates three resorts on Hawaii Island: Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, and The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
About Hilton Grand Vacations
Hilton Resorts Corporation, dba Hilton Grand Vacations, is a division of Hilton Worldwide, recognized as a leading global hospitality company. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. The company also manages and operates two innovative club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and The Hilton Club®, providing exclusive exchange, leisure travel, and reservation services for more than 212,000 Club Members. For more information, visit www.hiltongrandvacations.com or connect at www.hiltongrandvacationsmediacenter.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonorsTM. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
About Waikiki Beach Walk®
Waikiki Beach Walk®, to date the largest development in Waikiki’s history, has become the gathering place of modern Waikiki for visitors and residents to shop, dine, play and stay. Spanning nearly eight acres in the heart of Waikiki, this exciting entertainment district includes a vibrant showcase of more than 40 world-class retailers in an open-air, two-level center, an array of delicious restaurants and casual eateries, an outdoor entertainment plaza featuring live performances regularly, plus four accommodation choices. Waikiki Beach Walk is the consummate expression of Hawaii today – it is a place where people come to be enriched by warm hospitality, a colorful mix of cultures, and treasures from the land and sea. For information, visit www.waikikibeachwalk.com.
Developed in 2007 by Hawaii’s Outrigger Enterprises Group in partnership with American Assets Trust, Inc., Waikiki Beach Walk today is owned by American Assets Trust, Inc, a full service, vertically integrated and self administered real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AAT) with properties in the nation’s most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. Leasing and management of Waikiki Beach Walk is provided by Outrigger Enterprises Group, one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions. For more information, www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com; www.americanassetstrust.com.