Barack Obama follows presidential footsteps with visit to The Kahala;
John McCain vacationed with family at The Kahala in the 1990s
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Aug. 27 /CNW/ -- Democratic U.S. presidential candidate
Barack Obama recently visited The Kahala Hotel & Resort, joining a
distinguished group of VIPs who have trod The Kahala's red carpet. Since its
opening in 1964, The Kahala has been the preferred hotel in Hawaii for
visiting U.S. presidents, royalty and heads of state.
As a U.S. senator, Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain
vacationed at The Kahala with his family in 1996 and 1998.
Every U.S. president since Lyndon B. Johnson has stayed at The Kahala.
Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush
have all visited during their presidencies. Ronald Reagan swam in the hotel's
beach in 1984. George H.W. Bush arrived via helicopter on the neighboring
Waialae Country Club golf course to avoid interrupting traffic with a
VIPs stay in the 1500-square foot Presidential Suite, with views of Koko
Head Crater, Pacific Ocean, and Diamond Head. It is being redesigned in an
elegant Hawaiian residential style, and will have a spacious office, living
room, and master bedroom when it reopens in December 2008 at $8,888 a night.
Other distinguished guests of The Kahala include Queen Elizabeth II and
Prince Phillip, Emperor Hirohito, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, Indira
Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama. Prince Charles and Princess Diana booked 100 rooms
for their party's stopover in 1985.
"The Kahala is in a secluded, prestigious residential neighborhood, and
our VIP guests treasure the privacy and feeling of security at our hotel,"
says managing director John Blanco. "Our endearing staff, impeccable service,
luxurious accommodations, and unique beachfront location make The Kahala the
perfect Hawaiian hideaway."
About The Kahala
A secluded, exclusive retreat, the 343-room hotel is on Kahala Beach,
minutes from Waikiki. The Kahala has been Honolulu's social address for
weddings and gatherings since opening in 1964.
The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku's, a
spa, and a lagoon with six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a
member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is recognized internationally as
an icon among luxury resorts.
Contact The Kahala at: (808) 739-8888; (800) 367-2525;
For further information:
For further information: Dennise Stires of Sheila Donnelly & Associates,