If you've always thought of a Hawaiian vacation in terms of Waikiki Beach as I must admit I have, there's a surprise in store for you. Just a few miles to the East, between Diamond Head and Koko Head, you'll discover Kahala, the smartest suburb of Honolulu. Here the new Kahala Hilton has added privacy to the joys of Hawaiian resort living. The result: a paradise that would make a rajah feel under-privileged.
The Kahala Hilton is well hidden from the hubbub. Its seven-acre estate is bordered on three sides by the golf course and tennis courts of the Waialae Country Club and on the fourth by an 800-foot coral-free ocean beach. You can relax all day in any way you like. Or be as active as you want to be.
All this and Hawaii, too
You could have a glorious time at the Kahala Hilton without ever leaving the estate. But there's all of Hawaii to explore as well. A good idea might be to spend a morning on the beach, or perhaps go water-skiing or skin-diving, then after lunch in the Grill Room, overlooking a beautiful lagoon stocked with exotic tropical fish, drive to Honolulu. You're only 15 minutes away.
While you're exploring, don't miss the spectacular precipice of Nuuanu Pali—some 2000 feet of sheer rock over which King Kamehameha I drove his enemies in battle. And famous Diamond Head, which you'll want to climb for its fabulous view of the city and the ocean, is on your way back to the Hotel.
Evenings usually begin with cocktails in the sunken bar by the swimming pool, followed by a leisurely dinner in the Maile Lanai dining room, where the fountains play and the chef is a genius. Then you can dance on the terrace under the stars to the murmur of the sea and the exotic fragrance of pikake flowers.
The Kahala Hilton is unashamedly designed to pamper you with every possible comfort. The rooms and suites are oversized...the furnishings and d�cor are what you'd expect to find in a palatial home...and the staff has been schooled to the fare-thee-well.
Naturally, all this costs a little more than ordinary resort hotels. But probably not as much more as you'd expect. Rates start at $22 a day and go on up to $150 for a luxurious suite.
Frolic at Waikiki
While you're in Hawaii, join the fun at the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki. This play-as-you-please, informal resort is only 20 minutes from the Kahala Hilton. When you've seen it, you may want to stay there, too. Rates start at $14 a day single, $16, double.