Most visitors come to Hawaii through Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport. Suppose you’re looking to end your travel day there and vacation on the Island dubbed The Heart of Hawaii. In that case, one award-winning resort is regularly recommended by experts and travelers alike especially for those visiting Hawaii with kids. It’s the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
When traveling to Hawaii, perhaps for the first time, you’re looking for a hotel with it all. In a place where land is hard to come by, the Hilton Hawaiian Village sits across 22 prime acres on Waikiki Beach. It’s on the widest stretch of sand yet is steps away from downtown restaurants and shops, including Ala Moana mall, the largest open-air shopping center in the world. Travelers forget they’re right in the heart of the city with acres of manicured gardens, waterfalls, tropical flowers, five pools, and Waikiki’s longest waterslide. The resort offers travelers practically anything they might need on-site. The Village includes 80 shops and services, 18 restaurants, lounges, and bars, as well as conveniences like a rental car counter and doctor’s office.
“Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is a quintessential choice for a Waikiki vacation,” said Debi Bishop, managing director, Hilton Hawaiian Village. “Our location on Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach is unmatched, and our five towers and a huge selection of dining, activities, and shopping on site means there is something for every traveler. Our beloved Friday fireworks have become a tradition for more than 30 years, and thousands of visitors and residents come to the beach to watch the wonderful display.”
Aside from being adored by guests, it’s also a place of historical significance and pop-culture milestones. Guests can order the iconic Blue Hawaii cocktail, invented at the resort in 1957 by legendary bartender Harry Yee. It’s only fitting that four years later, Elvis filmed the famous movie of the same name at The Hilton Hawaiian Village. He also stayed on site in the Ocean Tower, now Ali’i Tower, in the 14th Floor’s Mahele Suite, becoming his favorite hotel in Waikiki.
Spread across 22 acres are 2,860 guest rooms, shops, services, restaurants and bars, luau grounds, daily cultural activities, a world-class spa, 4DFX Cinema, and even an arcade. If you only need a car for one or two days, there is no need to travel back to the airport, downtown Honolulu or pay to park a car you’re not using. Instead, book a car at the Enterprise Rental Desk in the Rainbow Bazaar for the days you need one.
Couples can even get married in the stunning Akala Chapel which cost $6 million to build over nine months. Elope or invite up to 85 guests for a ceremony with stunning views, waterfalls, and the tropical landscaping you’d expect in Hawaii’s paradise.