Monday, August 20, 2012
The Kahala Experience
The town of Kahala is located a few miles east of Waikiki. It has a reputation for being home to some of the wealthier people of Hawaii. It is quite evident, too, by the beautiful houses that line the streets. There are some beach parks there, but I have never visited any of them because Kailua beach is my backyard. For those who live in Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Niu Valley, and Kaimuki, those parks are the most convenient for beach days. There's also a mall in Kahala which isn't quite as big as Ala Moana Shopping Center, but it is home to many great stores, even local owned boutique style. Whole Foods and Macy's are the big name stores you'll find there. If you want to escape the tourists, it is a great place to shop. You will also find the Waialae Country Club in Kahala. It is famous for hosting the Sony Open every January. My Kahala Experience has been spent mainly at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, formerly named the Kahala Mandarin. I had heard how beautiful this resort is but did not visit it until December of 2005 when my husband's (then boyfriend's) Christmas Party was held there. I was very impressed with the old Hawaii charm the resort captured, but in a modern way. The party was a lot of fun. The food was served buffet style and quite delicious.