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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Honolulu , HI

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Honolulu, HI US

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
We had our cocktail hour and dinner reception here recently on August 27, 2014 at the Kahala O Ke Kai room. It was everything we ever dreamed of. We worked with Grace Chan, and she was prompt, very helpful and very accommodating to our requests. Everything was set up the way we wanted it before we even arrived. The view from the room was amazing, and breathtaking during sunset. The food was delicious (everyone said it was the best they've had at a wedding). We had a beef tenderloin entree and from what I saw, they cooked each one very evenly and perfectly medium rare. The service from the wait staff was also great. Drinks were always filled, and they didn't make any mistakes with special orders. We ordered a coconut sponge cake with mango filling for our wedding cake and it was so moist, soft and delicious. I was very surprised as how good it was and everyone loved it. The downsides with it being a hotel is that they have regulations on some things (ex. no sparklers, etc.) Also, you have to use a photographer on their list or pay $500 to use your own, resulting in less flexibility. However, the photographers on the list are some of the best on the island so no complaints there. I would absolutely recommend the Kahala Hotel to anybody looking for a beautiful venue with wonderful views.
We had our cocktail hour and dinner reception here recently on August 27, 2014 at the Kahala O Ke Kai room. It was Read more...
We had our cocktail hour and dinner reception here recently on August 27, 2014 at the Kahala O Ke Kai room. It was everything we ever dreamed of. We worked with Grace Chan, and she was prompt, very helpful and very accommodating to our requests. Everything was set up the way we wanted it before we even arrived. The view from the room was amazing, and breathtaking during sunset. The food was delicious (everyone said it was the best they've had at a wedding). We had a beef tenderloin entree and from what I saw, they cooked each one very evenly and perfectly medium rare. The service from the wait staff was also great. Drinks were always filled, and they didn't make any mistakes with special orders. We ordered a coconut sponge cake with mango filling for our wedding cake and it was so moist, soft and delicious. I was very surprised as how good it was and everyone loved it. The downsides with it being a hotel is that they have regulations on some things (ex. no sparklers, etc.) Also, you have to use a photographer on their list or pay $500 to use your own, resulting in less flexibility. However, the photographers on the list are some of the best on the island so no complaints there. I would absolutely recommend the Kahala Hotel to anybody looking for a beautiful venue with wonderful views. Read less
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Charis & Travis
Wedding:
4/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a beautiful property located a few miles off of Waikiki. The staff is very friendly and the hotel is kept in immaculate condition. It is worth noting that the Kahala is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Our ceremony was held on the beautiful Kokohead lawn overlooking the ocean, and our reception was held in the Waialae Ballroom with views of the waterfall. Both locations were perfect to accommodate our 85 guests. There were also many sites on the property for us to take pictures.

We truly had the wedding of our dreams, and our guests had nothing but positive comments to say about the hotel and staff.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a beautiful property located a few miles off of Waikiki. The staff is very friendly and the Read more...
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a beautiful property located a few miles off of Waikiki. The staff is very friendly and the hotel is kept in immaculate condition. It is worth noting that the Kahala is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Our ceremony was held on the beautiful Kokohead lawn overlooking the ocean, and our reception was held in the Waialae Ballroom with views of the waterfall. Both locations were perfect to accommodate our 85 guests. There were also many sites on the property for us to take pictures.

We truly had the wedding of our dreams, and our guests had nothing but positive comments to say about the hotel and staff. Read less
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Miyabi
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I had an intimate wedding of 70 at the Diamond head gazebo followed by reception at the Waialae ballroom. My planner (Tori Rogers) and I worked with Anna from Kahala and she was very responsive to all my emails and made sure all my requests were addressed from decoration, food and drinks order. They were also very accommodating in pushing back our reception ending time so we were able to spend more time with our guests. The food and drinks were excellent and you cannot go wrong with the Kahala hotel. My guests complimented on how attentive and professional the catering team was. I would recommend this site to any bride but note it can get pricey.
I had an intimate wedding of 70 at the Diamond head gazebo followed by reception at the Waialae ballroom. My planner (Tori Read more...
I had an intimate wedding of 70 at the Diamond head gazebo followed by reception at the Waialae ballroom. My planner (Tori Rogers) and I worked with Anna from Kahala and she was very responsive to all my emails and made sure all my requests were addressed from decoration, food and drinks order. They were also very accommodating in pushing back our reception ending time so we were able to spend more time with our guests. The food and drinks were excellent and you cannot go wrong with the Kahala hotel. My guests complimented on how attentive and professional the catering team was. I would recommend this site to any bride but note it can get pricey. Read less
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Shylee
Wedding:
7/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing time at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Our guests, who attended the wedding reception were not stop telling us the great time that they had and the spectacular view! The staff are all friendly and helpful, Kari the planner and Susan (one of the waitresses that I could remember). The experience is one thing that you can't get nothing. We were happily spending thousands of dollars during our stays. Everything is literally 5-star, from the food, services and to the environment.
We had an amazing time at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Our guests, who attended the wedding reception were not stop Read more...
We had an amazing time at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Our guests, who attended the wedding reception were not stop telling us the great time that they had and the spectacular view! The staff are all friendly and helpful, Kari the planner and Susan (one of the waitresses that I could remember). The experience is one thing that you can't get nothing. We were happily spending thousands of dollars during our stays. Everything is literally 5-star, from the food, services and to the environment. Read less
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Lily
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.1/5.0
Definitely a beautiful venue for any wedding if budget permits. Since it's a well known hotel so definitely is more strict. We are thankful for our wedding coordinator as she was easy to work with and made great recommendations. Our wedding turned out beautiful and everything was smooth. Would definitely recommend this hotel to others.
Definitely a beautiful venue for any wedding if budget permits. Since it's a well known hotel so definitely is more Read more...
Definitely a beautiful venue for any wedding if budget permits. Since it's a well known hotel so definitely is more strict. We are thankful for our wedding coordinator as she was easy to work with and made great recommendations. Our wedding turned out beautiful and everything was smooth. Would definitely recommend this hotel to others. Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception under a clear top tent on the lawn right on the water. Six months later and people are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was and how amazing our venue and food was. We had AMAZING food and service. The Kahala does a fantastic job. Aimee, our coordinator, was extremely helpful. She knew what I wanted and respected our choices. She helped us stay within our budget while being able to serve amazing food and drinks. Its the Kahala and its reputation says it all.
We had our wedding reception under a clear top tent on the lawn right on the water. Six months later and people are still Read more...
We had our wedding reception under a clear top tent on the lawn right on the water. Six months later and people are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was and how amazing our venue and food was. We had AMAZING food and service. The Kahala does a fantastic job. Aimee, our coordinator, was extremely helpful. She knew what I wanted and respected our choices. She helped us stay within our budget while being able to serve amazing food and drinks. Its the Kahala and its reputation says it all. Read less
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jtangkwan
Wedding:
5/25/2012
4.4/5.0
Overall, we are really happy with our choice to hold our wedding and reception at the Kahala hotel. We worked with Aimee Graham who was really great at helping us see our wedding through. She and the staff we've interacted with at the hotel have excellent customer service. The venue itself is extremely beautiful. We were married by the Kokohead Gazebo (though we got married off to the side by the trees) next to the ocean, beach, grass. About as private as a wedding at a hotel could be -- which was one of our main criteria.

The food is really excellent. Definitely some of the best wedding food we've had, with a price tag to match (starting around 70-125 I think, not counting drinks, cake etc). However, when we compared our food to other weddings we've gone to (even some with price tags of up to 250-300 per person) we felt that the food quality was really excellent and there was so much food that no one could go home hungry. Many of our guests told us that the food is the best food they've ever had at a wedding, and they were able to provide a range of food from Sashimi (which was really great Tuna) to Cold Chicken with ginger (also very much complimented on) to Cantonese style duck, prime rib, great ranges of salads, etc.

The value of this place depends on what you want. It is definitely more expensive in some regards than any of the other venues we saw -- so we tried to really save where we could. The ceremony fee starts at around 4200 and there is a 2,000 dollar room rental fee for the reception that isn't waived regardless of food/drinks purchased (on a Friday night). Prices vary for reception rooms, depending on size of your party, day of week, time of day etc.

Also they are slightly inflexible when it comes to certain things like having your own wedding cake. All food and beverages must be purchased from the hotel. Fortunately the food, cake, and beverages were all really excellent. Our wedding cake was Almond and Guava flavored cake with Passion Fruit filling. So yummy. The tropical fruit punch was also delicious and definitely worth having for guests who want non alcoholic drinks.

Overall, if you can handle the costs, I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone looking for excellent food, service, and a beautiful, semi private venue close to but not in the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It was really a perfect choic for us, and we are so grateful to have been able to host our wedding there.

On a side note, if you plan on having a room or two there for your wedding, we highly recommend it -- the beds were the most comfortable beds I"ve stayed in at a hotel! We slept really well!
Overall, we are really happy with our choice to hold our wedding and reception at the Kahala hotel. We worked with Aimee Read more...
Overall, we are really happy with our choice to hold our wedding and reception at the Kahala hotel. We worked with Aimee Graham who was really great at helping us see our wedding through. She and the staff we've interacted with at the hotel have excellent customer service. The venue itself is extremely beautiful. We were married by the Kokohead Gazebo (though we got married off to the side by the trees) next to the ocean, beach, grass. About as private as a wedding at a hotel could be -- which was one of our main criteria.

The food is really excellent. Definitely some of the best wedding food we've had, with a price tag to match (starting around 70-125 I think, not counting drinks, cake etc). However, when we compared our food to other weddings we've gone to (even some with price tags of up to 250-300 per person) we felt that the food quality was really excellent and there was so much food that no one could go home hungry. Many of our guests told us that the food is the best food they've ever had at a wedding, and they were able to provide a range of food from Sashimi (which was really great Tuna) to Cold Chicken with ginger (also very much complimented on) to Cantonese style duck, prime rib, great ranges of salads, etc.

The value of this place depends on what you want. It is definitely more expensive in some regards than any of the other venues we saw -- so we tried to really save where we could. The ceremony fee starts at around 4200 and there is a 2,000 dollar room rental fee for the reception that isn't waived regardless of food/drinks purchased (on a Friday night). Prices vary for reception rooms, depending on size of your party, day of week, time of day etc.

Also they are slightly inflexible when it comes to certain things like having your own wedding cake. All food and beverages must be purchased from the hotel. Fortunately the food, cake, and beverages were all really excellent. Our wedding cake was Almond and Guava flavored cake with Passion Fruit filling. So yummy. The tropical fruit punch was also delicious and definitely worth having for guests who want non alcoholic drinks.

Overall, if you can handle the costs, I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone looking for excellent food, service, and a beautiful, semi private venue close to but not in the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It was really a perfect choic for us, and we are so grateful to have been able to host our wedding there.

On a side note, if you plan on having a room or two there for your wedding, we highly recommend it -- the beds were the most comfortable beds I"ve stayed in at a hotel! We slept really well! Read less
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Shane and Christine (Australia)
Wedding:
5/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Well, where do we start.

Aimee Graham was our co-ordinator /venue manager. She is amazing. Aimee knows all the ins and outs of the resort, she understood what we wanted and what we were trying to achieve.

We reside in Sydney australia,so communication can be tough, but we were glad Aimee was there to respond to our at times annoying emails lol.

The venue on the day looked amazing, the catering was 10 out of 10. Every guest that attended said, it was clearly the best food and venue they have ever been too. It was truly amazing.

We would highly recommend the kahala resort for any wedding. We only had a small group of 21, which made it beautiful.
Well, where do we start.

Aimee Graham was our co-ordinator /venue manager. She is amazing. Aimee knows all the Read more...
Well, where do we start.

Aimee Graham was our co-ordinator /venue manager. She is amazing. Aimee knows all the ins and outs of the resort, she understood what we wanted and what we were trying to achieve.

We reside in Sydney australia,so communication can be tough, but we were glad Aimee was there to respond to our at times annoying emails lol.

The venue on the day looked amazing, the catering was 10 out of 10. Every guest that attended said, it was clearly the best food and venue they have ever been too. It was truly amazing.

We would highly recommend the kahala resort for any wedding. We only had a small group of 21, which made it beautiful. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/20/2011
4.4/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony here in October. First off, the resort is stunning and has many great spots for photos. We were blown away with the grand lobby and dolphin/ray/turtle area. The beach is quite secluded and there is not a ton of sun bathers so if you want beach shots consider this over Waikiki. We did have a few fans during our ceremony but they were discreet and it was actually nice they were so happy for us. It's only about 15 minutes drive from Waikiki so we were happy with that. We had our ceremony at the Koko Head Gazebo which is more secluded than the other gazebo. It is VERY windy at Koko Head, so brides keep that in mind for your hair do.

I was a little annoyed at first because The Kahala requires that you use their preferred vendors. I had already selected a photographer but was told it would cost $1000 more if I choose to go with an outside photographer. In the end, I understood why they mandated their preferred list of vendors. Everything went off without a hitch and we are very pleased. I considered Paradise Cove during my planning stage but am very happy we went with The Kahala in the end. I will write separate reviews for the vendors we went with.

One knock is the catering manager we worked with seemed rushed and was not very detail oriented. Emails would go for several days sometimes weeks unanswered and I had to do a lot of following up. My face to face encounter with her also seemed rushed and she did not have the calming factor I was hoping for. I have higher expectations for a resort of this caliber. Perhaps they are understaffed and luckily since we had a very small, simple wedding this was not a problem for us. Their vendors are top notch and had everything under control.
We had our wedding ceremony here in October. First off, the resort is stunning and has many great spots for photos. We Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony here in October. First off, the resort is stunning and has many great spots for photos. We were blown away with the grand lobby and dolphin/ray/turtle area. The beach is quite secluded and there is not a ton of sun bathers so if you want beach shots consider this over Waikiki. We did have a few fans during our ceremony but they were discreet and it was actually nice they were so happy for us. It's only about 15 minutes drive from Waikiki so we were happy with that. We had our ceremony at the Koko Head Gazebo which is more secluded than the other gazebo. It is VERY windy at Koko Head, so brides keep that in mind for your hair do.

I was a little annoyed at first because The Kahala requires that you use their preferred vendors. I had already selected a photographer but was told it would cost $1000 more if I choose to go with an outside photographer. In the end, I understood why they mandated their preferred list of vendors. Everything went off without a hitch and we are very pleased. I considered Paradise Cove during my planning stage but am very happy we went with The Kahala in the end. I will write separate reviews for the vendors we went with.

One knock is the catering manager we worked with seemed rushed and was not very detail oriented. Emails would go for several days sometimes weeks unanswered and I had to do a lot of following up. My face to face encounter with her also seemed rushed and she did not have the calming factor I was hoping for. I have higher expectations for a resort of this caliber. Perhaps they are understaffed and luckily since we had a very small, simple wedding this was not a problem for us. Their vendors are top notch and had everything under control. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
4/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Most beautiful wedding ever! Charles Keegan of the Kahala gave me my dream wedding. Everything was so perfect, I would swear I dreamt it if I didn't have pictures. Every vendor they recommended was top notch and the service, the stay everything was so amazing, it made me cry. The food, the wedding cake, everything they did was beyond perfect. All of my guests were overwhelmed at the location, everyone said they felt like we were in a painting because of the breathtaking beauty of the Diamond Head Gazebo, truly a dream come true.
Most beautiful wedding ever! Charles Keegan of the Kahala gave me my dream wedding. Everything was so perfect, I would Read more...
Most beautiful wedding ever! Charles Keegan of the Kahala gave me my dream wedding. Everything was so perfect, I would swear I dreamt it if I didn't have pictures. Every vendor they recommended was top notch and the service, the stay everything was so amazing, it made me cry. The food, the wedding cake, everything they did was beyond perfect. All of my guests were overwhelmed at the location, everyone said they felt like we were in a painting because of the breathtaking beauty of the Diamond Head Gazebo, truly a dream come true. Read less
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