Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

Duke Kahanamoku Beach Named #2 Beach in America for 2013

Duke Kahanamoku Beach has been named as the #2 beach in America for 2013, according to "Dr. Beach." Dr. Stephen Leatherman's annual list. Duke Kahanamoku Beach is the beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and made this year's list for the fourth consecutive year.

As “Dr. Beach” , Leatherman has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991. Fifty criteria are used to evaluate beaches, which include water and sand quality as well as safety and environmental management. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally known coastal scientist.

For more details on all the fun you can have on Duke Kahanamoku Beach, in the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and the surrounding ocean visit our beach and water activities page.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort on Waikiki's best beach has been the proud recipient of a number of prestigious awards over the years. The following is a list of recent or especially long-running awards honoring the Village.

Overall Hotel Honors

Top 10 Family Resorts in USA, Family Fun Magazine

2013 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Top Ten Family Resorts in USA,

2013 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

2004 - 2007 - Ali'i Tower

Best Resort in Hawaii, Global Traveler Magazine

2013 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Top 25 Pacific Rim Resorts, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 - Ali'i Tower

10 Best Beach Resorts for Families, Parents Magazine

2008, 2010 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Top 25 Hawaii Hotels World's Best Award, Travel & Leisure Magazine

2002, 2003, 2007- Hilton Hawaiian Village

Top 10 Hawaii Resorts, Travel & Leisure Family Magazine

2003, 2005 - Hilton Hawaiian Village 2002 - Ali'i Tower, #2 on list

Top 50 Family Friendly Resorts, Child Magazine

2006 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Best Resort for Families, Hawaii, TravelAge West Wave Awards

2006, 2008, 2011 - Hilton Hawaiian Village

Best Children's Program in Hawaii, TravelAge West Wave Awards

2013 - Hilton Hawaiian Village's Camp Penguin

Meeting & Convention Awards

Environment & Community Leadership and Miscellaneous Awards

Hilton Hawaiian Village Wins "Green Business Award"

In 2007, the Hilton Hawaiian Village won its second "Green Business Award" from the State of Hawaii. The award is part of the statewide Green Business Program, a program sponsored by the Hawaii State Department of Health, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, along with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. The award is given to companies that employ innovative "green" practices and do their part to ensure that residents and visitors continue to enjoy a healthy environment.

Ho'owehiwehi Nui Award Waikiki Improvement Association

2001 - Kalia Tower® architecture and design
2009 - Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

2006 - Certificate of Merit (Business)

Aloha Friday King's Jubilee

2004 - Kahili Award

Visual Arts: Hilton Hawaiian Village Art Collection

Betty Crocker Landscape Award Scenic Hawaii, Inc

2003 - Kalia Tower landscaping (Professional Category)

2003 - Kahili Award

Visual Arts: "The Hawk Soars with the Winds"

2003 - Certificates of Merit

Event: Duke Kahanamoku Stamp Unveiling
Special: The Village Experience

2002 - Certificates of Merit

Environment: Hotel Recycling & Conservation Program Performing Arts: Aloha Friday King's Jubilee

2000 - Certificate of Merit

Environment: Waterway Project

1999 - Kahili Award


1999 - Kahili Award

Special: Van Dorpe Tapa Display