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THE HISTORY OF HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE

Learn about the heritage of Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort, from its historic roots among mosaic lokoi‘a fishponds and clusters of cottages in the Pi‘inaio Stream Delta, to the present day, where it proudly features as one of the world’s largest and most iconic hotels.

1928

1928

The Niumalu Hotel opens on the site where Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort now stands, replacing quaint clusters of cottages known as Cressaty’s Court and Hummel’s Court at Kalia in the gorgeous, historic Kalia section of Waikiki.

1954

1954

Fritz B. Burns and Henry J. Kaiser purchase the Niumalu Hotel with eight oceanfront acres of the John Ena Estate, and a year later begin construction on thatched-roof guest cottages with 70 guest rooms and suites. The Tapa Room, gardens and three swimming pools are also completed in 1955.

1957

1957

Ocean Tower is completed (Now Ali‘i Tower®). Geodesic dome showroom is erected in just 20 hours. It opens on February 17 for the premiere of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and the Symphony Polynesia, starring the famed Alfred Apaka.

1961

1961

Conrad Hilton purchased half of the Hawaiian Village Hotel from Henry J. Kaiser. That same year Elvis Pressley filmed his movie, Blue Hawaii at the resort, staying on the 14th floor of the Ocean Tower (Ali‘i Tower) in the Mahele Suite.

1968

1968

Rainbow Tower® opens with the world’s largest ceramic-tile mosaic spanning 286 feet high by 26 feet wide on each end of the tower.

More than 16,000 colorful tiles are used to complete this spectacular mosaic.

1982

1982

Tapa Tower is opened on the site of the former Village Tower. The total number of hotel rooms becomes 2,614. Plans for a $100 million architectural renewal begin. Bali and Tapa Café restaurants open in the Tapa Tower.

1987

1987

Ocean Tower is renovated and “rebuilt” with two additional floors. Renamed the Ali’i Tower, it becomes the Village’s exclusive “hotel within a hotel” for guests who desire higher levels of service, such as private concierge service and registration.

2001

2001

The 25-story Kalia Tower™ opens culminating what was the first major resort development in Waikiki in more than a decade. The tower offers tropical gardens, spacious walkways, waterfalls and Hawaiian art, creating a new gateway to the Village.

2006

2006

The $6 million Ocean Crystal Chapel opens with a lavish grand opening ceremony culminating years of planning and nine months of construction.

Set amid lush landscaping and waterfalls, the chapel seats 85 people and offers stunning visuals.

2009

2009

Our 5,000-sq. ft. Paradise Pool opens, boasting the longest slide in Waikiki at 77 feet.

Waikiki Starlight Luau debuts on the Rooftop Garden featuring an expanded buffet dinner and Polynesian extravaganza.

2011

2011

The Hilton Hawaiian Village celebrates its 50th anniversary. Following its debut at No. 8 in 2010, Duke Kahanamoku Beach moves up five places to No. 2 on Dr. Beach’s annual Memorial Day list for America’s top 10 beaches.

2012

2012

Rainbow Tower lobby and guestroom renovation were completed by the end of 2012 and our brand new wedding chapel opens on the sparkling Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.