I have had a long-standing love affair with The Kahala hotel. Growing up  at the foot of Kaimanahila (Diamond Head) on Oahu, Hawaii, as children we went to the Kahala Hilton, as it was known way back in the day, for special occasion brunches. After my teen years I modeled Hawaiian fashion there at lunch. As a young adult I went to listen to a knock-out singer like Connie Kissinger with Kit Samson’s trio after a special dinner date in the Maile Room. A decade ago I was married on the expansive lawn there in a relaxed an elegant “shoes-optional” party at the waters edge. An incarnation or two later and The Kahala is still evolving and now better than ever.

Especially the cuisine.

Early this summer The Kahala Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi was named Outstanding Manager of the Year in the Large Property category by the […]

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