HONOLULU, HI – Following an extensive $55.4 million repositioning, the former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club announces a new identity as Prince Waikiki starting March 31, 2017. The eight-month renewal includes 563 transformed oceanfront guestrooms and suites, redefined dining options, a modernized lobby with unique personalized 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 traveler,” said General Manager Chuck Abbott. “Beyond the impressive physical transformation, we’ve also focused on personalizing guest services and offering a modern artful place for travelers to gather.”
All of the hotel’s thoughtful design and rebranding elements—identified by G70 as the lead architect, and executed by Creative Resource Associates (CRA) Design and Wall-to-Wall Studios—aim to perpetuate its sense of place by sharing the story of its Waikiki location’s intriguing history and heritage as a gathering place.
In bringing its story to life, the hotel chose distinctive elements that once flourished at the site: the muliwai, or thriving estuary; the Piinaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams; the naio flower, an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, a nourishing fish; and limu eleele a rejuvenating seaweed. These symbolic elements served as the foundation for the redesign and rebrand.
Artful impressions are embedded throughout the property. One of the most impressive examples is the signature art piece suspended in the lobby named Hulali i ka la, meaning “glistening in the sun.” Designed by acclaimed local artist Kaili Chun, this artful exhibit is so significant and symbolic of the hotel’s new identity that it is embodied in the hotel’s new logo. Over 800 pieces of shimmering copper representing hinana are the collaborative creation of artists, employees, and guests. Another native Hawaiian artist inspired by the story, Solomon Enos, created vibrant abstract paintings displayed throughout the hotel.
Guests will appreciate new indoor and outdoor gathering spaces — lobby, pool, dining and event venues — as well as personalized guest services with Prince Ambassadors managing all needs from check-in to booking island experiences. 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.
All 563 remodeled guestrooms 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 historical sense of place: the carpet reflects sand dunes that was once 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 Piinaio waterway. Spacious bathrooms include updated fixtures, modern washlets and specialized bath amenities by Maile Organics, offering all-natural organic products embodying the tropical flora of Hawaii.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, frames expansive views of sunset silhouettes and focuses on fresh island cuisine. The new bar activates the experience with craft cocktails, beers and wines on tap, and small bites. With Chef de Cuisine Joseph Almoguera at the helm, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar is a local favorite with à la carte, buffet and small bites menus pleasing all palates. 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. With its first restaurant opening in Meguro, Japan, in April 2002, Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo is famous for offering fresh, high-quality sushi at affordable prices, and regularly attracting a queue of hungry patrons outside its Tokyo locations.
Rounding out the hotel’s new dining options is Honolulu Coffee Company, offering a complete coffee experience in its café, located in the hotel’s lobby.
Prince Waikiki pays tribute to its historic lands with the new names for the remodeled event spaces:
• Piinaio Ballroom, a stylishly appointed 6,960-sq.-ft. space designed to accommodate every kind of event with the capability of dividing the room into two rooms
• Manoa Boardroom, a 408-sq.-ft. executive venue designed to facilitate collaboration and productivity
• Palolo Room, a 1,293-sq.-ft. space that can be partitioned into four breakout rooms
• Makiki Room, a new venue with natural lighting, is an impressive 1,594-sq.-ft. space
• Waihi Boardroom, another new space with natural lighting, is an intimate 358-sq.-ft. 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 epicenter of Honolulu’s most exciting neighborhoods — Honolulu/Chinatown, Kakaako, Ala Moana and Waikiki. From the famous beaches and shopping of Waikiki and Ala Moana, to the trendy restaurants that locals love, travelers can explore everything modern Oahu offers. Guest easily access landmark adventures such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head State Monument and the hotel’s 27 hole Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay championship golf course.