Moana Surfrider Celebrates 115 Years in Grand Style

March 1, 2016

A nostalgic concert that will hearken back to a magnificent, glorious opening day more than a century ago… is one of the major events being planned for the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa’s 115th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 11.

On that day, the First Lady of Waikiki will stage two events – one under the stars, and the other, a concert, under the famed banyan tree – that will benefit several Hawaii non-profit organizations.

At 6 p.m. on its Diamond Lawn, Ocean Vodka and the Moana present a peek at the hotel’s future with a cool new series called “LOL: Love Of Libations.”

It will include action stations and beverage pairings by the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider, RumFire from the Sheraton Waikiki, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, The Pig and the Lady, Koko Head Café, MW Restaurant, MAC 24-7, and Square Barrels.

Part of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Life Foundation – Hawaii Chapter.

The cost is $75 per person. Tickets for this event are available at

A Modern-Day Tribute to Moana’s Musical Past

On the Banyan Courtyard stage that same evening at 6:30 p.m., slack key virtuoso Makana presents a modern-day tribute to Moana’s musical past with a “Hawaii Calls” concert.

The original “Hawaii Calls” was a long-running radio show that introduced Hawaiian music to the world.

While entertainers played on the very same Banyan Courtyard stage, show emcee Webley Edwards’ voice could be heard across the globe:

“From the Banyan Court of the Moana Hotel overlooking beautiful Waikiki Beach, it’s Hawaii Calls!”

Makana is widely regarded as one of the masters of slack key guitar in Hawaii, having been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums including the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film, “The Descendants.”

Renowned performers Nina Keali‘iwahamana, Palani Vaughn, Pomaika‘i Lyman and Taimane Gardner are also expected to join Makana on stage that evening.

The cost of this event is $115 per person (inclusive) and includes a pre-concert reception featuring some of the beachhouse’s finest offerings, two drinks and hosted parking.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Bishop Museum, Historic Hawaii Foundation, and the Waikiki Aquarium.

A limited number of individual tickets for this event are also available at

Birthday Celebrations All Month Long

Moana Birthday Month celebrations get underway in earnest on March 1 with a variety of specials at its signature dinner restaurant, the beachhouse at the moana, the Beach Bar and the award-winning Moana Lani Spa.


All month long, enjoy a beachhouse Birthday Dinner Special of $115 for dinner for two that includes baby romaine Caesar salad and a wagyu tomahawk steak with the choice of two side dishes.

Over at the Beach Bar, enjoy the new drink, “Ode to 1989,” a toast to the year the Moana Surfrider reopened after a massive project that restored the First Lady of Waikiki to her original luster and grandeur.

The cocktail is $12 at the Beach Bar and is similar to Moana Sands, a signature cocktail that was served back in 1989 when the hotel reopened.

At the award-winning Moana Lani Spa, a variety of specials are being planned including a “Birthday Special” treatment – an unforgettable experience that includes a macadamia nut scalp treatment with the focus on the neck and shoulders, followed by a warm stone foot massage.

The ritual is slow, gentle and relaxing…and all for just $115 for the 45-minute treatment.

The “First Lady of Waikiki” package includes a head-to-toe experience with an express hydra facial, pedicure, shampoo, style and champagne for $240.

For more March specials, contact Moana Lani Spa at (808) 237-2535.

Bringing Art to Life

The 115th anniversary is a celebration of all things Moana, including a special Artist-in-Residence program featuring renowned artist Juno Galang.

Don’t miss Juno in the hotel’s main lobby between Monday, March 7 and Saturday, March 12.

Enjoy live painting demonstrations by Galang, whose theme during the week will be the “Moana Surfrider: yesterday and today through the eyes of an artist.”

Although Galang paints in various mediums, the artist is best recognized for the vibrant colors of his acrylics.

Known for painting the “color and flavor” of the islands, Juno depicts Hawaii’s people and places with precision.

His technique requires endless hours of exacting brush strokes and a keen eye to detail, often combining traditional painting skill with contemporary abstraction and translucence.

Book a Room!

In celebration of 115 years, the Moana Surfrider is offering a 115th Anniversary room package. For stays of at least four nights, the last night is just $115.

In addition, guests who book this package will receive a $115 resort credit (applicable toward dining or spa services), as well as a welcome basket with a Moana Surfrider historical book and other gifts.

The package is good through December 25 and is commissionable for travel agents.

To book the package, simply go to the Moana Surfrider website and book rate plan 115AN. Or, call the hotel at (808) 922-3111.

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