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Prince Resorts Hawaii Announces Retirement of President Donn J. Takahashi; Names Kisan Jo as Successor

Prince Resorts Hawaii Announces Retirement of President Donn J. Takahashi; Names Kisan Jo as Successor O’AHU, Hawaii (February 15, 2018) – Prince Resorts Hawaii, hotel operator of three luxury properties in the Aloha State, today announced that Donn J. Takahashi has elected to retire as president of Prince Resorts Hawaii on March 31, 2018. Kisan Jo, the vice president of finance and administration at Prince Resorts Hawaii, will assume the role of president upon Takahashi’s departure. To aid in the transition, Takahashi will stay on in a senior advisory role through March 2019. Takahashi’s retirement marks the end of a 25-year run with Prince Resorts Hawaii and an illustrious 46-year career that distinguishes the hotelier as an extraordinary leader and stabilizing force within a dynamic industry. After holding a variety of key positions at Prince Resorts Hawaii, including vice president of Sales and Marketing for the collection; general manager of the former Maui Prince Hotel; Hawaii Prince Hotel, now Prince Waikiki; and interim general manager at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and pre-opening of the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Anchorage Alaska, and successfully seeing the properties through challenging times post-9/11. Takahashi took over as president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, filling the shoes of former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi who held the role from 1988-2004. “When it came time to look for my successor, selecting someone who ensured high company performance, championed our employees and led a memorable guest experience was critical,” said former Governor George [...]

February 15th, 2018|


TOP 3 FAVORITE LOUNGES IN WAIKIKI What to do in Waikiki at Night? Upon arriving at the Prince Waikiki, you might find the comforts of your room and suite satisfying, but you also know that adventure is awaiting! Amidst the throngs of tourists and visitors, you’ll find yourself in one of the best locations for a delicious brew. Whether it’s water or an adult beverage, there are spots you’ll want to stop at and experience when you’re here figuring out what to do in Waikiki. Honolulu is known for some of the best drinks and lounges to relax after a day at the beach. When you’re looking for something to do during the evening and night, we recommend these three fantastic bars and lounges for you to try. Sail Away Need a place to go, but don’t want to leave Prince Waikiki, look no further than our very own 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar. Our beautiful restaurant, located on our 3rd floor, is where you’ll experience stunning ocean views and peaceful sunsets all while sipping on refreshments. It’s genuinely a pleasant gathering place at Price Waikiki and the perfect way to end your day after walking around Honolulu. Don’t forget to cozy up to the bar and taste our delicious range of unique cocktails infused with local flavors you'll want to try. A Fire of Rum One of the more popular locations for an after-dinner drink is RumFire Waikiki. Located within the Sheraton Waikiki, you’ll find this fantastic [...]

Prince Waikiki Announces Joseph Almoguera As Executive Chef

Prince Waikiki Announces Joseph Almoguera As Executive Chef Seasoned Culinarian Oversees All Restaurant Operations for 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, Hinana Bar, and Bird of Paradise Restaurant HONOLULU, January 31, 2018 – Prince Waikiki proudly announces the appointment of Joseph Almoguera as Executive Chef. Chef Almoguera oversees all kitchen operations for Prince Waikiki’s three dining establishments, including 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, Hinana Bar, and Bird of Paradise Restaurant located at Hawaii Prince Golf Club. Almoguera has been an esteemed team member of the Prince Resorts family since 2013, and was instrumental in the success of 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar after its opening in 2016. “We are very lucky to have someone as talented as Joseph on our team,” said Charles “Chuck” Abbott, General Manager, Prince Waikiki Resort. “His impressive track record reflects someone who is a tremendous asset to our culinary culture. We look forward to sharing his talent with our guests for many years to come.” Chef Almoguera’s 20-year culinary journey spans positions at John Taiyo’s Cuisine Corporation, Hilton Waikoloa Village, The Fairmont Orchid and Waikoloa Beach Marriott where he held the position of Executive Sous Chef for six years. Most recently, Chef Almoguera was the Chef de Cuisine at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar where he shared his innovative island dishes with guests from around the world. In addition to being an exceptional culinarian, Chef Almoguera is an extraordinary ice carver, a talent he learned under the tutelage of chefs from Japan and Hungary. Born [...]

January 31st, 2018|


WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR BEACH GETAWAY Are you gearing up for the best Hawaiian beach vacation? So are we! And we’re here to help you, not only plan a day under the sun but to ensure you don’t forget any items you might need. Here in Waikiki HI, our Prince Waikiki resort is the perfect place to kick back your tired feet, relax, and call home during your getaway. Check out these items to bring with you to your fantastic beach retreat. Beachwear We know packing for your Hawaiian vacation might be difficult - how many swimsuits are you supposed to bring? We’re here to help! For beachwear, it’s essential you have these items that can easily transition from play time on the sand to walking around Waikiki HI and even lunch or dinner at a restaurant. Typically white or light-colored clothing works best for higher temp regions such as Hawaii. Fabrics featuring linen and cotton will also help keep you cool. As for swimwear, you can never have enough and the best part about coming to an island is that practically everywhere you turn you’ll find a surf shop! With lots of accessories to bring like hats, sunglasses, and sandals, you’ll want some versatile clothing in your bag. Whether you mix and match your swimwear or bring all your suits, your suitcase will be full of incredible options. Protect your Skin When bringing items for your beach getaway, don’t forget to help protect your skin! When [...]


2 CUTE DATES TO ENJOY THIS VALENTINES DAY Valentine’s Day is only a few short weeks away, and while the stores are stocking letters, chocolates, and anything red, white, pink, and purple, you’re going to want to surprise your sweetheart with something more. A trip to Prince Waikiki will be a grand gift this season of love. While you’re here you might be wondering what to do at our hotels in Waikiki Hawaii; below you’ll find two fantastic date night ideas to keep you relaxing, reconnecting, and embracing the warm sunshine. Romance at Prince If you’re looking for something to amp up the excitement for your date, make sure you’ve selected a Prince Club Room. As one of our Club guests, you’ll get exclusive access to our outdoor terrace and evening hors-d'oeuvres while you sip on a lovely cocktail or two before you enjoy a fabulous meal at our 100 Sails Restaurant. Reserve a table by the windows and watch the stunning nightly sunsets while dining on delectable dishes. Kiss Me Underwater A beach day is always a must for a Hawaiian vacation itinerary, and a vacation with your love is no exception. Head across the island to the pristine waters of Yokohama Bay. This Bay has one of the most beautiful reef systems on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Whether you gear up for diving or you wear snorkeling goggles and fins, you’re sure to find something neat and unusual beneath the surface of the water. Make [...]


ESCAPE THE COLD THIS WINTER AND FLY TO HAWAII While much of the continental US seems to be in a cold streak, it’s still sunny and warm here in Hawaii. As winter engulfs many northern states, you’re going to want to warm up at one of the best Hawaii resorts, Prince Waikiki. When you escape the cold and dreary winters to fly to tropical Hawaii, you’ll be in for a relaxing getaway! Why Hawaii in the Winter? There are two different seasons that the islands of Hawaii are accustomed too, summer and winter. Summer spans the months from May to October, while winter weather occurs from November to April. Winter weather to many of the 48 states means snow and temps below freezing, but to Hawaii, winter brings only a slight drop in temps. Winter temperatures average in the high 70 to low 80 degrees. So, as you can imagine, our winter weather is attractive to those who are dealing with much colder winters! Surfs Up Oahu’s North Shore is an idyllic coastal spot renowned for its winter surfing. These crystal turquoise waters produce some of the best wave action during the winter months. Waves that crest upon the shoreline can reach up to 20 ft at times, if not more. You’ll be able to catch some of the world's most experienced and professional surfers riding the waves when you spend a day at the beach. However you enjoy your winter season, book a trip to Hawaii and [...]


EXPERIENCE A PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING AT ONE OF THE BEST HOTELS IN HONOLULU Intimate to Gala: We’ve Got It All There is nothing like a destination wedding to set your nuptials apart from others. Here at one of the best hotels in Honolulu, Prince Waikiki, you’ll find all that you need to say, ‘I Do!” Located right here in Waikiki, a pleasant neighborhood of Honolulu, you’ll find our stunning resort. From the moment you walk into our breathtaking lobby, you’ll feel right at home. For a wedding, our hotel is perfect for bringing together what you want and making your dreams come true. When we say we have the space to accommodate any and every type of wedding, we mean it. With a quite a few venue spaces to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right fit, kind of like Goldilocks and her bed, but with wedding spaces! Grand Ballroom First up on our list is our most extensive onsite venue, The Pi'inaio Ballroom. This spot is perfect for those expecting a more significant gathering and reception. It can hold up to 900 guests. With just over 6,900 square feet of space, you’ll enjoy the use of the banquet-style facility. Our wedding staff is here to help you figure out the best up-lighting and linens that will complement the area with your wedding colors and design. Don’t forget that there is a lot of room for dancing when you pick The Pi'inaio Ballroom! Outdoor Flare The [...]


THE HOLIDAYS AT PRINCE WAIKIKI The holidays are just around the corner, and over the next few weeks, you’re sure to feel festive and cheerful, especially when you book a vacation getaway with Prince Waikiki! As one of the best resorts in Hawaii, Prince Waikiki, is here to help you enjoy the end of 2017 and allow you to ring in the New Year in paradise! Celebrate with us, and we’re sure your time here will be worth it all. Holiday Cheer Whether you choose to be here for the holiday season or you just happen to have booked your amazing Hawaii getaway during this time, we have something for everyone to celebrate the holiday festivities! This year, we implore you to join us for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner Buffets. Both of these meals will have opulent options full of delectable foods that everyone will love. Take a look at our Christmas Brunch Buffet Menu and our Christmas Dinner Buffet Menu; we’re sure you’ll be salivating once reading just how delicious our options for these meals and dishes will be! Need to get out and explore during this season? Take a look at this wonderful Christmas event and dinner guide to Waikiki! A New Year Get ready to grab the champagne and toast the night away! If you’re here when the ball drops and 2018 begins, you’ll enjoy watching the Waikiki Beach Fireworks Show right from your hotel room! With guaranteed ocean views [...]


SAY ALOHA TO YOUR NEXT MEETING VENUE Say aloha from the moment you enter the lobby of Prince Waikiki for a fantastic corporate meeting getaway. Our top venues will inspire your staff and employees by creating a conventional space for creativity, thinking, and some excellent team bonding. You’ll enjoy every moment spent in Waikiki Hawaii and here are just a few reasons our meeting spaces are one of a kind. Event Space In Waikiki Hawaii, you’ll find some of the most exceptional event spaces when staying with Prince Waikiki. Our facilities and amenities offer newly renovated areas for meetings and conferences that are versatile for any arrangement. You’ll have over 22,000 square feet of fantastic space to mold and shape your trip, from a massive 6,690 square foot ballroom to one of our many intimate rooms for conferences. There is something here for everyone and every type of retreat. Plus, with the ocean views as an integral part of our hotel, you’ll love the natural light, and stunning vistas to help calm and refresh the mind. Plus, learn more about our eight functioning venue spaces which include our fabulous outdoor location on the Muliwai Deck. Ballroom for All Among our fantastic venue spaces for guests to choose from our most extensive by far is the Pi’inaio Ballroom. Measuring a staggering 6,960 square feet for you to use. This extravagant banquet style ballroom can host more than just weddings. If you need you can even break the room into [...]


CLUB EXPERIENCE: WHAT TO EXPECT Step into the glitz and glam of our Club Suites, and you'll be taken away into another world. From the time you hop aboard the elevator and hit the club level button, you'll fly high to the top floors of the Prince Waikiki, one of the best Hawaii resorts. Don't miss out on a Prince Waikiki Club trip when you vacation with us this winter season. Here are some magical reasons why our Club is something you'll want to upgrade too. Are You Looking for Ultimate Luxury? When you enter any of our hotel rooms and suites you're greeted with a warm ocean view, whether it's of the harbor or the stunning sea, water surrounds one of the best Hawaii resorts, Prince Waikiki, and we use it to our advantage. When you book a Club Suite, you'll get even more than a pretty view. Experience sweeping vistas of the ocean for miles with our windows. You may also experience the fresh, ocean breeze or wake up to the sound of the waves caressing the shoreline when you open the windows for your liking. Sweeping views of the ocean and floor to ceiling windows are amazing perks to receive, but you might be wondering how that makes Prince Waikiki an Ultimate Luxury choice among Hawaii resorts. When you move away from the unobstructed views, you'll enjoy the modern features and style as well as the personalized services you can only get here in our [...]

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