The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, which opened to guests late last year, held its official grand opening on May 8.
The evening included the unveiling of Ahu Ula (a Hawaiian feather cloak worn by the chiefly class of Hawaii), which will be on permanent display in the lobby; the planting of a nau tree, which is the only endemic Hawaiian gardenia; and the opening of Momosan with chef Masaharu Morimoto, which joins the already opened Morimoto Asia on the roster of dining options at the property.
The occasion was also used to mark the resort's partnership with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative and a pledge to plant 100,000 indigenous trees on Oahu and Hawaii Island. Each guest in attendance at the opening party also received a Hawaiian Legacy tree in their name that will be planted at Alohilani's forests.
"Alohilani has been five years in the making," Vann Avedisian, principal of Highgate Holdings, which runs the property, said in a statement. "Our objective was to develop a contemporary resort in the heart of Waikiki Beach, creating something the market has not seen. We aimed to give our guests incredible pool, beach and dining experiences in the heart of Waikiki's shopping district, while at the same time connecting them to our Hawaiian heritage."
In addition to the two restaurants from Morimoto, Alohilani also offers Lychee Restaurant, where the breakfast buffet is served; a pool deck with Swell Bar, with custom cocktail menu, live music and views of Waikiki Beach; and O Bar, which is anchored by a 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium with more than 1,000 indigenous marine animals.
The property also is home to the Island Club and Spa, which includes a fitness center, two rooftop clay tennis courts, batting cages and a variety of classes.
Room rates at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach start at $289 per night.