WAIKIKI BEACH — One of the world’s most famous shorelines – Waikiki Beach – has welcomed its newest gem, the highly anticipated Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.
The upscale property, which was five years in the making, says Vann Avedisian, Principal of Highgate Holdings, celebrated its grand opening on May 8 with the announcement of a new partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). The non-profit organization is committed to returning the indigenous koa, milo and sandalwood trees back to Hawaii.
From this new partnership, Alohilani guests are encouraged to take part in reviving the endangered hardwood species and native ecosystem to Hawaii by planting their own tree at Alohilani’s forest on Gunstock Ranch. Guests can then track their tree throughout its lifetime through drone imagery and a radio-frequency identification chip that records everything from genetic makeup and health to the circumstances of the planting. Scenic tree plantings include horseback riding, helicopter and UTV tours.
“Our objective was to develop a contemporary resort in the heart of Waikiki Beach, creating something the market has not seen,” says Avedisian. “We couldn’t have found a stronger partnership than Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative as it represents the Hawaiian principles of respect for and stewardship of the land. The partnership provides our guests with the opportunity to experience and contribute to the rebirth of Hawaii’s indigenous forests.”
Aside from its eco-friendly focus, Alohilani also offers some of the most exclusive dining and amenities in Honolulu. Debuting with the hotel’s grand opening is Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s second restaurant, Momosan, which follows the February opening of Morimoto Asia. Located just steps from the sand, Momosan is a fun streetside ramen restaurant that pairs noodles and Yakitori with sake and beer selections.
Other selling points of the resort include the see-and-be-seen pool deck featuring private cabanas and fire pits, the 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium, which houses more than 1,000 indigenous marine animals, a dramatic lobby, infinity pool, over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, two rooftop full-size clay tennis courts, batting cages and training turf, sunset yoga and TRX classes overlooking the ocean, and the Island Club and Spa. Also, later this year, Alohilani will roll out its own self-styled Waikiki beach club.
For more information go to alohilaniresort.com.