Hilton Hawaiian Village refurb spans spectrum

By Kerry Tice
hilton hawaiian village rainbow kingThe Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu this year unveiled a $45 million renovation of its Rainbow Tower, a favored location of guests because of its proximity to and view of Waikiki Beach and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.

The refurbishment, which began last April, includes the transformation of 800 rooms, new state-of-the-art elevators for more efficient service and upgraded corridors.

Additionally, the tower's signature suites, the Duke Kahanamoku Suite and the Niumala Suite on the 31st and 30th floors, respectively, were redesigned with a total price of $1 million in upgrades.

Guests staying in one of the newly refurbished Rainbow Tower rooms will take notice of the warm orange and gold "sun" colors, reflecting the hues of Hawaii. All rooms also have new furnishings, carpet, wall coverings, bathrooms, tubs, drapery and artwork.

For families, many of the rooms can be adjoined, giving parents the privacy they seek along with the security of knowing their children are close at hand.

hilton hawaiian village club penguinIn addition to the renovation of its Rainbow Tower, the hotel added amenities for families and in particular enhanced its children's program, Club Penguin. The program (whose name and logo were inspired by the property's eight resident African black-footed penguins) caters to children ages 5 to 12.

In operation since 2009, the club now offers its own 1,200-square-foot facility in the resort's Diamond Tower, featuring carpeted areas, colorful wall murals, computer stations and kid-size tables for eating lunch and participating in arts and crafts and coloring activities. A team of camp counselors here entertain the children with activities that include teaching them the history and culture of Hawaii.

Every day of the week features a different Hawaiian theme, and kids also have an opportunity to learn how to do the hula and make leis.

The children also go on off-property excursions to local cultural venues, such as the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and the Children's Discovery Center.

Parents can choose between a full-day program (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or a half-day program (8 a.m. to noon or 11:30 to 3 p.m.).

Camp Penguin is open only to Hilton guests and is priced at $90 per child for a full day and $65 for a half-day. Lunch is included, and participants receive a Camp Penguin T-shirt.

Agents can register guests at time of booking, or parents can sign up their kids 24 hours in advance at the desk in the hotel's main lobby.

Besides being exposed to the Hawaiian culture, kids are entertained by the property's new and expansive Paradise Pool, complete with waterfalls and slides. Counselors take children attending Club Penguin for pool time every day.

For kid-friendly meals, the Hilton's Tropics Bar & Grill delivers with a kids' menu and some activities and gifts to keep the little ones occupied while they wait. And if variety is what you're seeking, the resort features more than 90 shops and 16 restaurants, lounges and bars on site.

The hotel is offering a package that includes a seventh night free, along with up to two complimentary tickets per room to the Hilton's Waikiki Starlight Luau.

Hilton calls its Waikiki Starlight Luau the only outdoor luau in Waikiki that offers entertainment and dining under the stars. It takes place Sundays to Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on the rooftop of the Mid-Pacific Conference Center.
Tickets usually start at $102 per adult. The package is good through December 2013.

For reservations, call (800) 445-8667 or visit www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.
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