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Resort Receives Magellan Awards for Best Beach Resort/Hotel and New Room Design Following Completion of $52 Million Renovation


HONOLULU, HI (September 11, 2009) - Travel Weekly awarded The Kahala Hotel & Resort two Silver Magellan Awards in the Hotel and Resort Elements categories for Luxury (Five Star) Standard Room Design and Overall - Beach Resort/Hotel, the highest rankings of any property in Hawaii.

"We're so pleased that Travel Weekly has recognized the efforts of our design team," said Thomas Pauly, general manager of The Kahala. "The Kahala Chic theme of our new rooms and suites has been well received by our guests and our staff has done an amazing job with providing five-star service with a genuine spirit of aloha."

Resetting the room standard for exclusive oceanfront destinations, The Kahala updated its 338 guestrooms, suites and public spaces. The new contemporary Kahala Chic design has an open, airy tropical feel and reflects the stylish island lifestyle of the surrounding residential Kahala neighborhood.

The 800-foot long white sand beach fronting The Kahala assures privacy and seclusion, and guests and families can enjoy numerous beach, pool and watersports activities. The resort offers complimentary beach chairs and towels for guests and kayaks, snorkel gear and surf and paddle boards for rent.

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. It honors a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies.

About The Kahala

With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an exclusive oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu's social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai'i.

The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku's, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and is long recognized internationally as an icon among legendary resorts. In 2009, The Kahala celebrated 45 years as one of Hawaii's top resort destinations.

For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at

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