30 Years of Halekulani Hospitality in Waikiki

The iconic Waikiki hotel looks to the past and the future with travel agent-friendly initiatives By: Marty Wentzel
<p>Halekulani provides visitors with a luxurious oasis on the shores of Waikiki. // © 2014 Halekulani Corporation</p><div></div>

Halekulani provides visitors with a luxurious oasis on the shores of Waikiki. // © 2014 Halekulani Corporation

The Details

Thirty years ago, Halekulani reopened following a change in ownership and a multi-year restoration project.

Now, in honor of that 30th anniversary, the luxurious Waikiki hotel — which dates back to 1917 — has introduced a new website, a commissionable package and a one-of-a-kind wine, all aimed at contemporary travelers and their travel agents. 

The new website lets clients explore the property virtually, manage bookings and engage with fellow travelers. It’s the first of several digital and social initiatives planned for the coming year, said Geoff Pearson, director of sales for Halekulani.

Pearson added that the enhanced website holds equal appeal to travel agents.

“The information on our website is the most up-to-date on the property and its happenings,” said Pearson. “The blog is a great way for travel agents to stay current not only with Halekulani events, but with any events that our guests will find of interest and relevant.”

New Website Attractions
Among the website’s new draws is The Buzz, a page featuring recent guest comments from a collection of social media platforms. The Wedding page presents testimonials from couples describing their ceremonies and receptions at Halekulani. 

The website’s Experience Oahu page provides details on Halekulani’s For You, Everything program, which offers hotel guests free admission to a variety of cultural attractions in Honolulu.

Travel agents can make bookings on the new website by entering their IATA information.

Meanwhile, the property is offering a 30th anniversary Halekulani’s Legacy Package. Guests get daily breakfast for two; one lunch and one dinner for two; cocktails one evening; anniversary amenities; and round-trip airport transfers. Commissionable at 10 percent, package rates start at $3,580 for a minimum four-night stay through Dec. 22, 2014.

Halekulani is also feting its 30th anniversary with the release of Celebrate, a new private label wine created exclusively for the hotel. For a limited time, clients can order the Cabernet Sauvignon — produced by Neyers Vineyard of Napa Valley — at Halekulani’s restaurants and buy it in the hotel’s boutique.

Pearson noted that for the past 30 years, Halekulani has remained dedicated to travel agents, something that won’t change as it moves forward.

“Nelson Arlos and Marce Olson, our travel industry experts in Hawaii, are always available to assist with the needs of agents,” he said.

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