One of the best kept secrets on Oahu, the oceanfront 3-star New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. Across the street is Kapiolani Park, 200 acres filled with walking, biking and jogging paths, athletic fields, tennis courts, the Zoo, the beautifully renovated Bandstand for Sunday Concerts and the outdoor concert venue, The Waikiki Shell. On the opposite side of the 125-room boutique hotel is the Pacific Ocean and San Souci Beach, one of the best in the area, frequented mainly by local residents. Although technically in Waikiki, the New Otani Kaimana Beach offers their guests a quiet escape from the crowds, yet is only a short walk to the excitement of Waikiki at night.
The open-air Hau Tree Lanai is a wonderful restaurant, popular with both residents and the hotel’s guests. Located on the beach side, you’ll dine al fresco under the old Hau Trees, where Robert Louis Stevenson spent his time writing. Flickering torches and candlelight, good food and breathtaking views makes this one of the most romantic spots on Oahu.
The Kaimana also is home to The Miyako, one of the finest Japanese restaurants outside of Tokyo, featuring both Western-style seating as well as the traditional tatami rooms, with prices that are quite reasonable. The perfect spot for a before dinner cocktail is the Sunset Lanai Lounge, one level above the Hau Tree, where you can sip on a Mai Tai and watch the sun set.
This is a charming, beautifully run and maintained hotel. The service is impeccable; the location is perfect for attending a concert at The Shell, or to watch a free movie on the beach at the Waikiki end of Kapiolani Park. Walk to Diamond Head entrance and climb up the inside for fantastic views; stroll around the park for a relaxing workout; snorkel right outside your hotel room; or dine at the Hau Tree and soak up the ambiance for memories that will last you forever.