Welcome to The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
Embrace the beauty of Waikiki at the Pink Palace
Opened in 1927 and known as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific," The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki is an oasis of timeless luxury on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Modern yet indigenous, the resort offers unprecedented amenities, refined accommodations and exclusive services – all designed to provide our guests with a 5-star luxury experience while visiting Waikiki. From exquisite accommodations in the landmark Historic Wing and the magnificent Mailani Tower to world-class dining, the 528-room Honolulu luxury hotel embodies the allure of Hawaii's inimitable spirit and rich culture. Embark on an enticing epicurean journey in our award-winning Azure Restaurant, the original Mai Tai Bar, the Royal Hawaiian Bakery and A Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha Aina, Waikiki’s only oceanfront luau. The intimate Malulani Pool and private beach area both feature pink-hued umbrellas, matching the resort's signature color. Let Hawaii reframe your point of view from our iconic Waikiki luxury resort.
Located in the heart of Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian Resort is ideally situated as a starting point for a wide range of adventures in the bustling city of Honolulu. Our hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii is also known for its iconic pink exterior.
Mai Tai Bar
Turn your gaze toward the magnificent Diamond Head as you sip on a tropical beverage and take in the live music at Mai Tai Bar, our vibrant outdoor restaurant and bar in Waikiki Beach.
Ahaaina, A Royal Hawaiian Luau
Every Monday and Thursday evening, we pay homage to Helumoa, the playground of Waikiki Beach's royalty where the resort now stands, with a modern interpretation of a traditional outdoor Hawaiian dining gathering called Ahaaina, A Royal Hawaiian Luau.
Royal Hawaiian Bakery
Royal Hawaiian Bakery is a one-stop confectionary located on the resort’s Coconut Lanai. Sample The Royal Hawaiian’s famous banana bread and freshly-baked desserts, including custom cakes.
A Royal Past
Long before Waikiki was developed as a tourist destination, it was a favorite residence and recreational center for Hawaiian kings and chiefs. King Kamehameha I had his home where The Royal Hawaiian stands today, and Queen Kaahumanu’s Summer Palace was previously located on what is now the resort’s Coconut Grove.
Foreign visitors began to visit Waikiki in the 1830s, and a road was constructed in the 1860s. With an anticipation of an increase in visitors, our sister resort the Moana Hotel opened in 1901.
Simultaneously, the territorial government in 1907, under what it called the “Waikiki Reclamation Commission,” planned for greater commercial and tourism development by widening streets, building bridges, and draining the duck ponds, rice paddies, and taro patches that formed Waikiki’s aquaculture. Development accelerated after World War I.
During the times of the Charleston and Prohibition, the method of transportation to Hawaii was aboard a Matson steamship, providing a rather unattractive and unappealing method of travel for the rich who could afford overseas luxury and adventure. It became known as the gateway to the exotic faraway destinations of the South Pacific and the Orient.
On February 1, 1927, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened – a $4 million investment by the Matson Navigation Co., the brainchild of Ed Tenney, who headed the “big five” firm of Castle and Cooke and Matson Navigation, and Matson manager William Roth. It was made to be a luxurious resort for Matson passengers.
The first general manager of the hotel, Arthur Benaglia, presided over a staff of 300, including ten elevator operators and lobby boys dressed in “Cathayan” costume. At the grand opening’s black-tie gala celebration, members of the Honolulu Symphony entertained over 1,200 guests at the $10-a-plate event-of-the-year. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin described the newly opened hotel as “the first resort hostelry in America.”
Built on 15 acres of beautiful beach frontage, the luxurious hotel with its distinctive Moorish-style architecture, painted pink, was promoted world-wide as a premier visitor destination. Elaborate opening ceremonies and festivities included dinner and dancing, concerts, and pageants.
The era of opulence came to an abrupt end on the morning of December 7, 1941 when Japanese planes flew alongside Waikiki Beach on its way to the US fleet berthed at Pearl Harbor. The Navy recreation and morale office leased The Royal Hawaiian, transforming the resort into a major rest and relaxation center for the Navy personnel. The resort was restored to its pre-war elegance in 1947.
In the 1950s, many new moderately priced hotels were built in the Waikiki area, including SurfRider and Princess Kaiulani, built by the Matson Company. As larger and faster planes reduced the flying time from the mainland to Hawaii, fewer and fewer vacationers wanted to spend 4.5 days aboard a Matson ship each way. Although more than half of all the tourists who came to Hawaii in 1955 stayed in one of Matson’s four hotels, only a fifth came by ship.
By 1959, jet service had reduced the flying time even more, which further eroded the steamers’ business. That same year, after 32 years in hotel business, the company sold its first hotels (Moana, Royal, SurfRider and Princess Kaiulani) to the Sheraton hotel chain for $17.6 million.
In 2015, the now 17-story Mailani Tower opened, gracefully bridging the sumptuous splendor of the property’s original allure, with the conveniences and comforts expected by modern travelers.
Today, The Royal Hawaiian and its associates continue to carry on the legacy of the rich heritage and inspiring and distinctive character of the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.”
Royal Hawaiian Historical Tour
Learn the rich history of the Pink Palace of the Pacific and hear fascinating stories from back in the day during the weekly historical tour.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 96815
The Luxury Collection Concierge
Our Concierge Ambassadors can assist with an array of exceptional services, including personalized tours, sightseeing tours, securing show tickets, restaurant reservations, florists, limousines, rental cars, and any other special needs or requests.
While on the enchanting island of Oahu, our concierge team has a number of recommendations for a truly unforgettable trip. The Arizona Memorial, for an example, is both educational and stirring. A non-profit association cooperating with the National Park Service, the bookstore at the USS Arizona Memorial provides visitors with thought-provoking material on Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
For some fun in the sun, guests at our Hawaii luxury resort are encouraged to take part in the Aha Aina Luau Show, which features tempting dishes of local fare and traditional dancing just off Waikiki Beach.
Continue on your quest for all things Hawaiian during a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Hawaii’s most popular attraction, the Center offers hands-on experiences with the villages of the seven Polynesian islands, a Polynesian dinner buffet, and a spectacular evening show, Horizons.
On a leisurely afternoon, take a drive around the island and enjoy the turtles, whales, and waves just off Oahu’s magnificent shores.
The Honolulu Zoo is another must-see attraction and is favored by both the young and young at heart. The zoo includes 42 lush tropical acres where lions, tigers, and bears make their home. A children’s zoo, African Savannah exhibit, playground, and snack bar complete the visit.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Smoke Free Property
Pets Not Allowed
Accepts: Credit Cards
Concierge desk service
Property has elevators
Languages spoken by staff:
For more information about the physical features of our accessible rooms, common areas or special services relating to a specific disability please call +1 808-923-7311
Accessible on-site parking
Property has elevators
Self Operating lift or a sloped entry in hotel swimming pools
Service Animals are Welcome
Valet parking for vehicles outfitted for drivers in wheelchairs
Van Accessible on-site parking
Entrance to On-Site Business Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Fitness Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Spa is Accessible
Main Entrance is Accessible
Meeting Spaces are Accessible
Room and Suites Access through the Interior Corridor
Alarm Clock Telephone Ringers
Bathtub Grab Rails
Close Caption TV
Deadbolts on Guest Room and Suites Doors
Electronic Room Key
Guest Room and Suites Doors Self-Closing
Guests in mobility-accessible rooms may inquire about lowering the bed height
Lever Handles on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Deadbolts on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Electrical Outlets
Lowered Night Guards on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Viewports in Guest Room Doors
Mobility accessible rooms
Non-slip Grab Rails in the Bathroom
Room Windows Open
Safety Chains and/or Latches on Guest Doors
Secondary Locks on Room Windows
Toilet Seat at Wheelchair Height - Toilet for Disabled
Viewports in Guest Room and Suites Doors
LEED: Existing Buildings Certified
Carbon Footprint: 48.77 kg per room night
Water Footprint: 1774.53 liters per room night