The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, Celebrates 90 Years with “The Night They Opened The Royal”

March 8, 2017


The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, the Waikiki landmark epitomizing regal sophistication and enduring charm for more than eight decades, took a stroll down memory lane on Friday, March 3.

“The Night They Opened The Royal” was a 90th anniversary gala benefiting the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association in Hawaii.

The evening was a historical, captivating journey in time that included special moments in the history of the Pink Palace of the Pacific.

Entertainers who had once played in the resort’s historic Monarch Room returned for the evening, including Hawaiian music greats Robert Cazimero, Marlene Sai, Nina Keali‘iwahamana, Kapena, as well as Danny Couch.

A crowd of more than 400 attendees dined on a special menu designed by Executive Chef Colin Hazama, who drew inspiration from the menu served to diners on The Royal Hawaiian’s opening night on February 1, 1927.

Throughout 2017, The Royal Hawaiian is introducing a number of new guest experiences – services and programs that will help the resort elevate its guest experiences for the next 90 years.

Also, with the Feb. 1 opening of The Royal Hawaiian Bakery, The Royal Hawaiian is the first hotel in Hawaii to feature its own stand-alone bakery.

The one-stop confectionary located on the resort’s Coconut Lanai offers everything from The Royal Hawaiian’s famous banana bread and classic freshly baked desserts to custom-created cakes by Executive Pastry Chef Carolyn Portuondo, whose talents have been showcased nationally.

The bakery also offers a range of artisan baked goods such as Big Island honey butter kouign-amann, Pink Palace haupia croissant braids, Royal croissant bread pudding muffins, Hawaiian Vanilla crème broche with locally grown berries, limited-edition coffee blends and gifts.

In celebration of the resort’s 90th anniversary in 2017, the Royal Hawaiian Bakery is offering special commemorative tins for purchase that allows guests to pick from a variety of baked goods to place in the tins to take a little bit of The Royal Hawaiian home with them after their stays.

The Royal Hawaiian is also planning to introduce several new programs and initiatives during its anniversary year. Among them are:

  • Bell-ringing ceremony: a symbolic ringing of the bell in The Royal Hawaiian’s famed Bell Tower every evening at 6 p.m.
  • Artist-in-Residence Eva Makk: painter who will be featured at the Coconut Grove later this year. Makk donated one of her original pieces titled, “Royal Reflections” to the 90th Anniversary Gala for the silent auction on March 3.
  • Executive Chef Colin Hazama’s “A Chef’s Epicurean Journey:” a quarterly culinary program each quarter. Epicurean Journey events will focus on “Roots & Vines” (March), “Misfits” (June), “Archipelagos” (September) and “The Royal Feast” (December).
  • The Bar at Azure: Azure Restaurant, the culinary landmark at The Royal Hawaiian, introduces The Bar this year, offering exceptional wines by the glass, as well as wine flights and a menu with lighter fare.
  • Fashion partnerships: Paul Mayer limited-edition designer shoes in commemoration of the 90th anniversary. And a special shirt by Tori Richard, who has a number of signature designs, including one with The Royal Hawaiian on it.

Bridal couples interested in tying the knot at the one of the most romantic locales in Hawaii can choose from of six distinctive wedding styles for life’s ultimate celebration.

Only at the Royal Weddings themes include an everlasting classic, to whimsically fun, to chic, vintage, indigenous and en vogue.

The Royal Hawaiian’s beachfront oasis is an idyllic setting for Only at the Royal Weddings – spectacular soirees that will delight the senses with fairy-tale offerings that blend the resort’s impeccable amenities, service and setting.

To learn more about saying “I do” at The Royal Hawaiian, see the Only at the Royal Weddings page.

In addition, The Royal Hawaiian has also introduced a room package throughout its 90th anniversary year (blackout dates are December 17-31, 2017).

With a minimum three-night stay, guests who book in the historic garden with prices beginning at $430 per night; historic ocean starting at $560 per night, and the Mailani Tower oceanfront starting from $570 per night, guests will receive a $90 resort credit, an exclusive Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary welcome amenity, and a $90 resort credit that may be used for dining, pool cabanas or at the A Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha Aina.

Guests can also choose between a special Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary luggage tag or luggage strap.

The package can be reserved online or by calling 866-716-8140 and asking for rate plan ROYAL90.

“During this 90th anniversary year, the Pink Palace of the Pacific is celebrating all year to give guests many different ways to capture the sweet memories of their time here…Only at the Royal,” said Cheryl Williams, general manager, The Royal Hawaiian a Luxury Collection Resort.

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