Waikīkī’s Latest Transformation, Prince Waikiki, Emerges Following $55.4 Million Enhancement
– The former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club completes comprehensive redevelopment–
HONOLULU – 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 guest rooms 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 Waikīkī 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 Pi‘inaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams; the naio flower, an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, a nourishing fish; and limu ‘ele‘ele 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 lā, 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 guest rooms 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 Pi`inao waterway. Spacious bathrooms include updated fixtures, modern washlets and specialized bath amenities by Mālie Organics, offering all-natural organic products embodying the tropical flora of Hawai‘i.
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 àla 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:
- Pi‘inaio Ballroom, a stylishly appointed 6,960 square-foot space designed to accommodate every kind of event with the capability of dividing the room into two rooms
- Manoa Boardroom, a 408 square-foot executive venue designed to facilitate collaboration and productivity
- Palolo Room, a 1,293 square-foot space that can be partitioned into four breakout rooms
- Makiki Room, a new venue with natural lighting, is an impressive 1,594 square-foot space
- Waihi Boardroom, another new space with natural lighting, is an intimate 358 square-foot 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, Kaka‘ako, Ala Moana and Waikīkī. From the famous beaches and shopping of Waikīkī and Ala Moana, to the trendy restaurants that locals love, travelers can explore everything modern O’ahu 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.
For more information about the new Prince Waikiki, please visit www.PrinceWaikiki.com
About Prince Resorts Hawaii
Prince Resorts Hawaii Inc., is a subsidiary of Seibu Holdings Inc. It operates three luxury hotels and golf courses on two of the Hawaiian Islands: The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club on the island of O‘ahu, and on the island of Hawai‘i, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Golf Course, and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Golf Course at the Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast. Prince Resorts Hawaii is unique in offering all-oceanfront locations along with championship golf courses, gracious island hospitality, and award-winning cuisine. For more information or reservations, call 1-866-PRINCE6 (866-774-6236), or visit PrinceResortsHawaii.com.
About Prince Hotels & Resorts
Prince Hotels & Resorts owns and operates 41 hotels, ryokan, ski and golf facilities, and aquariums across Japan, and seven other worldwide properties (in Hawai‘i, Taiwan and Malaysia). Prince Hotels & Resorts is committed to environmentally friendly operations. For more information, visit PrinceHotels.com.
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Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club Announces Opening of 100 Sails
October 26th, 2016
Complete makeover of the former Prince Court includes new bar and menu
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is excited to announce the opening of
its new restaurant, 100 Sails, in late November. The new restaurant is part of
the hotel’s comprehensive $55.4 million transformation, which is slated for
completion in spring 2017.
Operating in the space of the former
Prince Court, 100 Sails, reflective of its name, will continue to offer guests
its signature views of Ala Wai Harbor and the ocean beyond, as well as
breathtaking first row seats to Hawai’i’s most spectacular sunsets. A new
active bar offering fresh smoothies and coffee in the morning, and craft
cocktails in the evening will serve as the centerpiece of the restaurant. While
the beloved buffets of Prince Court will remain, a renewed focus on island
fresh cuisine promises to elevate the entire dining experience.
Leading the restaurant’s culinary team
is Chef de Cuisine, Joseph Almoguera, who has been a member of the Prince
Resorts family since 2013. Discovering his passion for cooking at an early age,
Almoguera’s culinary career includes positions at John Taiyo’s Cuisine
Corporation, Kuakini Health System, Hilton Waikoloa Village and The Fairmont
Orchid. Almoguera has also held the position of the executive sous chef at
Waikoloa Beach Marriott for six years.
“We’re proud to launch 100 Sails
as a reflection of our vision for Hawaii Prince moving forward,” said
Chuck Abbott, general manager. “With the restaurant’s modern design,
incorporating our hotel’s sense of place, and the inventive culinary creations
of Chef Joe and his team, we look forward to welcoming guests to a new dining
Menu selections will vary from small
bites including Poke Tempura, Uni Carbonara, and Oxtail Dumplings, to an
expansive buffet featuring dishes such as Crispy Garlic Soy Chicken with Spicy
Banana Ketchup, Hoisin Barbecue Ribs with Shichimi Fried Onions and signature
steamed crab legs and prime rib. The hotel’s famous bread pudding remains a
staple dessert with exciting additions including Prince Shave Ice and Chocolate
Macadamia Nut Pie.
100 Sails will be open for breakfast,
lunch, afternoon pupus and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays.
100 Sails will seat 300 in the main
dining room, and offer 16 seats in its private dining room. For more casual
dining, seating will be available at the restaurant’s bar and lounge area. For
more information, please visit princeresortshawaii.com/evolution.