Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort has plenty of amenities. One suite in particular boasts a party-worthy lanai.
Having celebrated its golden anniversary in 2017, the Outrigger Waikiki beach resort is hardly a stranger to fans of Hawaiian history and culture, one of the world’s most iconic beaches, traditional Polynesian water sports and family-friendly fun. Many of its most unique amenities and programs, however, remain well-guarded treasures cherished by legions of multi-generational repeat guests.
Located in the very center of Waikiki on the original site of the historic Outrigger Canoe Club, the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort was the third hotel built on the world renowned beach, opening its doors in 1967 following the club’s move to its current location on the eastern edge of Waikiki in the lee of Diamond Head. Th e flagship resort property was, in fact, the first to carry the Outrigger name in what is now a worldwide chain of hotels and resorts numbering 37 total in several exotic locations—among them the Maldives, Mauritius, Th ailand, Fiji and Hawai‘i’s four major islands (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui and Kaua‘i).
Today, true to its outrigger canoe and surf culture the hotel honors legends of the sports with both dining venues and unique programming.
“While we oﬀer three outstanding and unique restaurants (Duke’s Waikiki, Hula Grill and Chuck’s Steak House) Duke’s is our signature dining and entertainment spot with its stellar beachfront location, amazing views and award-winning entertainers such as Henry Kapono,” says Sean Dee, Chief Marketing Oﬃcer, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.
“I love to tell guests seated on the restaurant’s lanai that they are literally just steps away from the exact spot where the great Duke Kahanamoku taught the world how to surf,” Dee says. For the unfamiliar, the world beloved Duke (1890-1968) was a native Hawaiian competition swimmer—a five-time Olympic medalist—who popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing.
The resort’s name and unique programming also gives a nod to another traditional Hawaiian sport, outrigger canoe paddling, with its 5-0 celebration package (think the original Hawaii 5-O TV series that frequently featured scenes shot at the Outrigger Canoe Club).
The über-popular package, originally created to commemorate the resort’s 50th anniversary, has secured a permanent spot among the resort’s special promotions. From 50th wedding anniversaries, 50th birthdays and any number of 50th milestones being celebrated by guests, Dee says, the highly personalized, three-night experiences may be customized to include everything from VIP transportation to and from the airport, in-suite massages for two, private sunset catamaran cruises, Hawaiian vow renewal ceremonies, Champagne receptions, in-room pedi-parties with cocktails and pupus, and much more.
To experience the ultimate resort amenity, however, in-the-know guests book the outrageously spacious and strategically located Suite 123 months in advance. Th is not-so-hidden gem is located absolutely beachfront on the first floor of the resort with a 2,173-square-foot lanai—the largest private guest room lanai found at any hotel or resort on O‘ahu, according to Dee. With 684 square feet of beautifully appointed interior space, the suite oﬀers the very best of Hawai‘i’s indoor/outdoor living in the very heart of Waikiki.
“Aside from the daily beach and ocean activity, and one of the most stunning views of Diamond Head, the wrap-around lanai provides one of the best vantage points to view seasonal annual events such as the world’s largest outrigger canoe regatta, the 4th of July McFarlene Regatta,” Dee says.