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Summer 2016 - TravelTalk

The changing face of waikiki

As part of the exciting growth and upscale revitalisation of Waikiki Beach, Pacific Beach Hotel is undergoing redevelopment to re-emerge in 2017 as ‘Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach, an entirely new and exciting destination resort.

Located on the site of the existing hotel, the new property will be a modern and tranquil oasis in the heart of Waikiki Beach that pays homage to Queen Liliuokalani and Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage. In retaining the spirit of Aloha, guests will enjoy access to Waikiki Beach like one of the locals as well as ocean activities including surfing, paddle boarding and dolphin excursions through the resort’s partner excursion and tour providers.

Setting the stage for active and adventure travellers, the $US 115 million (approx. $AU 149 million) redevelopment will span the property’s exteriors, all 839 guestrooms and suites, and public areas including the lobby with a 280,000 gallon oceanarium, a stylish new destination pool deck with cabanas and a bar, and two new restaurants created exclusively for the resort by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Acclaimed design firm Rockwell Group and architectural firms WATG and Pacific Asia Design Group will transform the existing hotel into a modern, refined resort experience inspired by Oahu’s celebrated tropical landscape and rich cultural heritage.

Residing on land formerly held by the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, the resort’s new name – Hawaiian for ‘the heavenly brightness’ – was thoughtfully chosen to honour the Queen Liliuokalani who served as Hawaii’s last reigning monarch.

The hotel will continue to remain open as it transforms into ‘Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach and guests can already experience the redesigned rooms and suites that have recently debuted in the Oceanarium Tower.

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