Hawaii Comes to Okinawa in A Tale of Two Halekulanis

With the opening of Halekulani Okinawa in July 2019, a storied name in the resort world made its way from its flagship—Halekulani in Waikiki—to the shores of Japan. In recognition of this connection that extends across the Pacific Ocean, the two resorts will be linked during a special event held at Halekulani Okinawa—A Tale of Two Halekulanis. From April 9 to 18, Halekulani Okinawa will be offering guests the opportunity to experience the charms of Halekulani in Waikiki, through musical and dance performances, delicious cuisine, and much more.

Island Sights and Sounds

One of the highlights of the campaign will be an authentic hula show and workshop by the acclaimed hula dancer, Kanoe Miller, who has been performing at Halekulani in Waikiki for decades. A special broadcast of her dancing, which was filmed exclusively for the event, will be shown on the outdoor terrace or on the TVs in the guest rooms. In addition, Miller will hold a hula workshop, streamed live from Waikiki.

Kanoe Miller
And whether you just love the sound of the ukulele or play it yourself, you won’t want to miss the chance to see Kiyosaku, aka UKULELE GYPSY, who will be giving two live shows during A Tale of Two Halekulanis. He’ll also be sharing his musical techniques at his very first workshop. Should your tastes run to arts and crafts, and you’d love to add a touch of aloha décor to your home, you can also drop in on a workshop to make your own Hawaiian quilt photo frame or macramé wall tapestry.

The Flavors of Hawaii

There will also be plenty of delicious Hawaiian fare to enjoy at Halekulani Okinawa’s restaurants, from weekend brunches featuring island classics to a Hawaiian afternoon tea accompanied by expertly made sweet and savory treats. Sunset Bar SPECTRA will be serving beverages made famous at Halekulani in Waikiki, as well as a piña colada-inspired mixology cocktail. And to indulge your sweet tooth, you can drop at the pop-up shop of Leonard’s, the celebrated Hawaiian bakery that serves delectable malasadas, both plain and filled. To take the island flavors back to your own kitchen, you can learn how to make Halekulani Okinawa’s signature pancakes in a cooking class led by Executive Chef Hiroshi Takahashi and Executive Pastry Chef Tomohiko Kato. During the event, you can drop in at the resort’s boutique and pop-up shops to pick up items available for a limited time only, including art pieces and accessories by the Kailua-based artist and graphic designer Lauren Roth, Hawaiian-themed clothing designed by Kiyosaku, and favorites from the boutique at Halekulani in Waikiki. And if you’re seeking the ultimate in relaxation and pampering during your stay, you can treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian Lomi Lomi spa treatment. All of these unique offerings are only available between April 9 and 18, so we invite you to make your reservations quickly. And for further details about A Tale of Two Halekulanis, visit www.okinawa.halekulani.com/en/events/tale/

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