Halepuna Waikīkī by Halekūlani had only been opened a few months before the world changed and locked. It had just undergone a full year of transformation from its old self, the Waikiki Parc Hotel, and throughout 2020, underwent another round of upgrades to accommodate the rules and post-pandemic travelers.
Given that so few visitors have experienced Halepuna during this relative time, it is still a new hotel and guests can now expect even more new features when it reopens on July 1.
But first, the most important detail: there is no cost of stay at Halepuna.
Now that we have your attention, here are some of the new elements the hotel has rolled out to ensure guest health and safety:
As with most, if not all hotels, Halepuna’s systems and procedures have been enhanced to include COVID precautions and measures. It also added temperature scanners, air purifiers in the elevators, non-contact hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel, non-contact water refill stations, electrostatic sprayers and cleaning supplies. approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ultraviolet (UV) light disinfectants have been added to all ice makers and air handlers in air conditioning filters.
Upon arrival, guest vehicles will receive a protective sleeve over the steering wheel and gearshift controls, as well as a seat protector, all of which will be removed before handing over the keys to the guest. Hunters will then use a UV wand to sanitize the luggage before placing it on the cart to deliver to the rom.
Upon entering their room, guests will find their amenities – toiletries, hairdryers, coffee, bathrobes, slippers, even remotes – sanitized and packaged in protective packaging by a special housekeeping service. Personal gear for guests includes hand sanitizer, mask, and germ-free fingers (instead of gloves) for use in elevators and other high-traffic common areas.
Although they have traveled to Hawaii, guests may be afraid to leave the hotel, so they can still enjoy the outdoor life with the enlarged pool and sun deck, and an outdoor garden with a path reflexology.
As a sister property to the luxurious Halekūlani, Halepuna guests enjoy exclusive benefits. From Wednesday to Saturday, customers can listen to music and hula of Halekūlani, as well as cocktails and signature wines through the “Taste of Halekulani” program.
The Halekūlani Bakery on the ground floor will also reopen to the public on July 1, serving its popular baked goods and cafes from 6.30am to 1.30pm daily. As if being able to reopen wasn’t enough, Chef Baker Tatsuhiro Kaneshiro has used his time over the past year to create even more unique items, such as their chewy brownie bread and salted caramel flaky chocolate croissant. Other new additions include soups, sandwiches, hot breakfasts and on-the-go lunches.
It is an exciting time for this small section of Waikīkī. Be on the lookout for new developments as Haleklani completes its renovations and reopens on October 1.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit Halepuna Waikīkī or call (808) 921-7272.