Princess Kaiulani Marks 50th Anniversary

Celebrations scheduled through remainder of year

By: Dawna Robertson

Built on the former entrance to the Ainahau Estate, once home to Hawaii’s most beloved princess, the 1,152-room Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel is celebrating 50 years of welcoming visitors to Waikiki.

Festivities through the end of the year will range from special room packages, historical displays in the lobby and commemorative aloha shirts to dinner packages and ongoing entertainment.

The hotel’s 50th Anniversary Room Package includes a fourth night rate of $50, commemorative historical Princess Kaiulani book, 50th Anniversary keepsake gift and “Creation A Polynesian Journey” dinner show for two. The themed package is offered for rack rate bookings in the partial ocean view category and above. Nightly rates are from $315, based on double occupancy.

On June 11, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani will celebrate its anniversary in style. Open to the public, festivities will include a time capsule ceremony, cake cutting and an Aloha Festivals Court appearance.

“The hotel’s opening day was deliberately chosen for Kamehameha Day in honor of the king,” explained Fred Orr, managing director for the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. “Our festivities on June 11 will include a re-creation of the opening day program with a procession by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court. We want to share the dignified and gracious spirit of the hotel and our employees with Hawaii’s visitors and kamaaina.”

Festivals & Celebrations
Each year, the hotel also honors the legacy of Princess Kaiulani with a week of cultural activities held to celebrate her birthday from Oct. 9-15. The hotel will feature an arts and crafts fair, complimentary hula lessons, cooking demonstrations, ukulele lessons, performances by the Kaiulani Elementary School, live nightly Hawaiian music and poolside performances, and a traditional royal procession portraying King David Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, Princess Kaiulani, kahili bearers, a conch shell blower and a chanter.

Highlighting the week of events will be the 11th annual Princess Kaiulani Keiki Hula Festival from 9 a.m- 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15