December 16, 2013

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Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has announced the completion of its newest Hawaii timeshare resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The contemporary, urban timeshare property is centrally located in the dynamic hub of Waikiki on famous Kalakaua Avenue. The opening of Hokulani Waikiki is the final component of the vibrant Waikiki Beach Walk® development – known for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. The resort features Waikiki’s only open-air, rooftop pool bar complete with six private cabanas appointed with upscale amenities.

HokulaniWaikiki-HiltonGrandVacations“Hokulani Waikiki is designed for sophisticated, cosmopolitan travelers – visitors who want to be right in the center of Waikiki’s excitement and energy,” said Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations-Asia Pacific. “The resort has a great location, just two blocks from the beach and steps away from popular dining and shopping. But what really sets Hokulani apart is its design approach, which combines a distinctive Hawaiian style with a vibrant, urban aesthetic.”

“The opening of Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations is the perfect finishing touch to the Outrigger-led development of Waikiki Beach Walk®,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Waikiki Beach Walk was developed to be an exciting and stylish gathering place for visitors and residents alike. That reputation has only been enhanced with the opening of the Hokulani Waikiki.”

Leading architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu was commissioned for the complete overhaul of the resort’s previous footprint, the former OHANA® Islander Waikiki Hotel, which began in 2012. Los Angeles-based Indidesign was selected for the interior design which incorporates the use of natural and native materials, finishes and textures to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Design expressions echoing elements such as the sky (lani), water (wai), fire (ahi), land (aina), stone (pohaku), and light (ao) pervade throughout the property through subtle, sophisticated finishes and features providing a distinctive Hawaii style, but with an urban, contemporary aesthetic. Celestial touches such as low-hanging orb pendent lamps and names of locations throughout the property are designed to complement the resort’s name, Hokulani, meaning “heavenly star” in Hawaiian.

The 14-story property includes 143 one-bedroom suites with sophisticated and personalized touches. Each unit ranges from 545 to 575 square feet and includes a boutique kitchen with a two-burner cook top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and Tassimo espresso maker. Sleek, slide-out shelving houses appliances and glassware. The living area features a sleeper sofa, coffee table, cozy dining area, and an integrated TV and gaming entertainment system. The spacious bathroom has both a soaker tub and separate shower room, washlet with bidet functionality and a LCD screen set integrated within the vanity mirror. Every unit also has a private lanai (balcony) with either a city or skyline view.

Owners and guests can also access the exclusive Nalani (“heavens” or “the sky” in Hawaiian) Pool – Waikiki’s only open-air rooftop pool bar featuring dynamic urban views of bustling Kalakaua Avenue, the Koolau mountain range, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. Owners and guests can enjoy poolside cocktails or reserve one of six private cabanas outfitted with a flat screen TV, beverage refrigerator and comfortable seating. In addition to a plunge pool, there is also a hot tub and outdoor rain showers.

A spacious dining area adjoins to the lobby, which transforms from a morning breakfast café to an evening bar and social scene, providing ample indoor and al fresco seating. The lively space is accented with natural elements including living walls, a water wall and fire urns suspended over a pool of water. Other amenities include a 24-hour “Stay Fit” fitness center, a Business Center, a laundry room on each floor, and valet parking.

“Hokulani Waikiki is further proof of the popularity of HGV’s timeshare properties in Hawaii,” Klum said. “This new location provides a nice complement to our three timeshare properties at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village. Our properties within the Village offer a relaxing and immersive beach vacation, while Hokulani is designed to provide a more energetic urban experience.”