The Hilton Hawaiian Village

From its historic roots among mosaic lokoi‘a fishponds and cottages in the Pi‘inaio Stream Delta, to the present day, the resort is one of the world’s largest and most iconic hotels.
  • 1928

    A quaint neighborhood welcomes it’s first guests

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

  • 1954

    Tourism takes off

    The post-war boom economic boom fuels interest in Hawaii as a vacation destination. Sensing an opportunity, Fritz B. Burns and Henry J. Kaiser purchase the Niumalu Hotel and eight oceanfront acres of the John Ena Estate. A year later construction begins 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

    Up, up and away

    Ocean Tower, now known as Ali’I Tower, is completed. The 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

    The King is in the building

    Conrad Hilton, great-grandfather to socialites Paris and Nikki Hilton, purchases half of the Hawaiian Village Hotel from Henry J. Kaiser. That same year Elvis Pressley films his hit movie, “Blue Hawaii” at the resort. The King stays on the 14th floor of the Ocean Tower (Ali‘i Tower) in the Mahele Suite.

  • 1968

    The Rainbow’s beginning

    Rainbow Tower opens featuring the world’s largest ceramic tile mosaic. 286 feet high by 26 feet wide, with more than 16,000 colorful tiles, the spectacular mosaic deco-rates both ends of the building. To learn more about the Rainbow Mosaic click here.

  • 1982

    Everything gets bigger in the 80’s

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

  • 1987

    Excellent service gets an excellent upgrade

    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 con-cierge service and registration.

  • 2001

    New century, new milestones

    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

    Going to the Chapel

    After years of planning and nine months of construction, the $6 million Ocean Crystal Chapel opens with a lavish grand opening ceremony. Set amid lush landscaping and waterfalls, the chapel seats 85 people, offers stunning visuals and hosts countless Big Days.

  • 2009

    The year we let it slide

    The 5,000-square foot Paradise Pool opens, boasting the longest water slide in Waikiki at 77 feet. After splashing down, guests can partake in the The Waikiki Starlight Luau, which debuts on the Rooftop Garden. Featuring an expanded buffet dinner and Polynesian extravaganza, the experience is much more than “dinner and a show.”

  • 2011

    Golden Anniversary

    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. Some things just get better with age.

  • 2015

    Rebirth of the Rainbow

    Millard Sheet’s famous Rainbow Mural is completely renovated using 31,000 digitally-reproduced tiles and new LED lighting. The $4.25 million renovation takes more than two years to complete.

  • 2017

    Signature skin care arrives

    The Hilton Hawaiian Village develops and launches a signature skin and hair care line, anuenue Rainbow. Featuring beneficial botanicals such as mango, pineapple and ginger root, and an island-inspired scent, the Coconut Papaya collection is available in-room and at retail.

  • 2023

    An icon gets a makeover

    Both in-room and retail bottles undergo a redesign primarily to refresh the brand's image and enhance sustainability efforts. This update signifies the resort's commitment to both environment and luxury, ensuring a more appealing and modern guest experience. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!