Halekulani closes to enhance coronavirus maintenance

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

The iconic, beloved Halekulani, Waikiki’s winsome hotel is closing its doors through July 2021. One of the most luxurious and gorgeous hotels in Hawaii, the hotel has been hosting visitors since the early 1900s.  It is one of the most popular venues for weddings, honeymoons and the rich and famous.

Charming, beyond words, the beachfront hotel oozes with an Aloha spirit always welcoming returning visitors back ‘home’.   It boasts beautiful suites, many overlooking the Pacific and majestic Diamond Head. Food and service is non-parallel and the staff one of the best trained in the world.

The hotel is also famous for its stunning  46-by-82 feet pool that features 1.2 million individual pieces of 3/4″ glass mosaic tiles from South  Africa. The signature Cattleya design is 30-by-30 feet.

Halekulani pool

Developing new enhanced protocols and standards

Needless to say this abrupt closure comes as a shock to the industry and potential guest. Hotel operators are currently consulting with industry professionals and experts in epidemiology, virology, and public health to develop more stringent protocols and standards.

Back story

In 1907 Halekulani operated as a residential hotel with a five bungalows operated by Robert Lewers.  Then, 10  years later Juliet and Clifford Kimball took over the property. They  expanded it and established it as a stylish resort for vacationers, and gave it the name the locals originally bestowed on it, Halekulani.

In the 1930s, the original home was replaced with a plantation-mansion styled Main Building with a high-pitched hip roof to catch the cooling trade winds. Also known as a “Dickey Roof, it is a trademark of Hawaii’s legendary architect C.W. Dickey, and continues today in Halekulani’s architecture.

The  hotel’s closure represents another blow to Hawaii’s suffering economy.

Travel to all the Hawaiian Islands is being hampered by a strictly enforced mandatory 14-day quarantine.  The law is ongoing. And as of today  last until September 2020. More details on a following post.

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