The Outrigger Waikiki is exquisitely Hawaiian. The halls and furnishings are beautifully accented in Koa wood tones and with art, sculptures, and ancient Hawaiian replicas adorning the walls at every turn of the spacious maze like lobby set up. All of it of course is complemented by the whisper of ukulele and slack key rhythms, serving as the perfect soundtrack to one’s vacation memory banks. The interiors feel more like that of a comfortable home, albeit a very expansive and luxurious one. The exterior, well, on the city side you are facing one of the most popular vacation strips of shopping and entertainment real estate on the planet, while the beach side fronts world famous Waikiki Beach.
However, amongst the bustle of Kalakaua Avenue “big brand” upscale hotels and resorts, the Outrigger Waikiki remains pleasantly inconspicuous. “Traffic” appears to flow with the spirit of the establishment and the accommodating hotel personnel convey a relationship more akin to one’s kin, or ohana, for that matter. Guests frequenting the hotel are sophisticated, yet lean towards the “happy go lucky” side of the spectrum. It is not uncommon to find a Hawaiian shirt clad, red faced (not from the sun) tourist hula-ing their way out from the famous Duke’s Barefoot Bar located within the Outrigger, at pretty much any time of the day. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, strike new relationships, network, or escape for solace, depending on your mood of the moment.
Hotel attractions abound the premises with dining and entertainment options to satisfy the tastes of everyone in your party. The aforementioned Duke’s Restaurant & Barefoot Bar is essential for dining, drinking, and/or socializing at least once per day, Chuck’s Steakhouse tempts the palates of hungry carnivores, and the 1930’s beach hut inspired Hula Grill is as lively as it sounds. While shopping is within steps of the front door, one of our favourite home decor and souvenir shops exists with the Outrigger – Hawaiian Accessories – where on each subsequent visit you can return home with a new Koa treasure until your own home begins to match the inspiration found within the hotel.