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Kaimana Ranked One of Hawai'i's Top 10 Hotels on Conde Nast Traveler's 2021 Reader's Choice Awards

October 2021 • Conde Nast Traveler

If you’re traveling to Oahu, chances are good that you’ll stay in Waikīkī, the busy slice of land between canal and sea where most of the lodging is clustered. Hotel towers shape the skyline, spring breakers zip down Kalākaua Avenue on electric scooters, and beachfront bars sling $15 mai tais.


Aloha State of Mind

July/August 2021 • Modern Luxury

From our top-floor balcony suite at the oceanfront Kaimana Beach Hotel, my husband and I are truly amazed. Not only does this historic Waikīkī hotel by Private Label Collection ( sit directly on the sand of Kaimana Beach with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Honolulu skyline and Diamond Head, but during our stay, all eyes are on the newborn Hawaiian monk seal and its mother, who chose this serene beach location to give birth. With this rare sighting, it is easy for us to immediately embrace the aloha spirit, renewing a lifestyle of love, joy and compassion.


How to Travel More Responsibly on Your Next Trip to Hawai'i

August 2021 • Men’s Journal

Originally built in 1963 on Oahu’s iconic Gold Coast in Honolulu (the quieter, residential side of Waikīkī), the newly remodeled Kaimana Beach Hotel and Hau Tree restaurant and bar debuted Feb. 1, 2021 with a classically modern yet bold new look. Owned by Hawai'i-based Blacksand Capital, whose CEO, BJ Kobayashi was born and raised in Hawai'i, and operated by Honolulu native Jonathan McManus’s Private Label Collection, the Kaimana Beach Hotel is undoubtedly local through and through.


'The best thing we've ever done in Hawai'i': What it means to travel responsibly in the Aloha State

July 2021 • SFGate

When it came to choosing a hotel, I opted for one of the only Hawaiian owned and operated hotels on the beach in Waikīkī, Kaimana Beach Hotel. Though their environmental policies are still evolving with new ownership — much attention has been placed on their cool renovation by the Henderson Design Group — their restaurant, Hau Tree, was recently crowned an ocean-friendly destination by Surfrider.


13 Amazing Asian American-owned Hotels in the U.S.

June 2021 • Travel + Leisure

As Waikīkī Beach's only boutique right on the sand, the Kaimana Beach Hotel was originally built in 1963 as a Japanese-designed and owned hotel, integrating touches of Asian influences. So, when it reopened this February, owner BJ Kobayashi, who long sought to bring the iconic property back into the hands of Hawaiians, was careful to honor those traditional odes, but also freshen them up into an Instagram-ready getaway.


Restaurant Insider with Anne Lee: Hau Tree

June 2021 • DiningOut

The iconic 58-year-old Kaimana Beach Hotel was renovated during the pandemic by Jonathan McManus and his team. One of the magical touches of this hotel is the welcoming ocean breeze, the magnificent view overlooking the ocean and the famous hau tree, which is the namesake of its restaurant. I was curious to hear how a successful real estate developer also took on the role of a restaurateur. Here is his story about his passion for food, design and insight into the future of the industry.


Kaimana Beach Hotel: First In

March 2021 • cntraveler

If you’re traveling to Oahu, chances are good that you’ll stay in Waikīkī, the busy slice of land between canal and sea where most of the lodging is clustered. Hotel towers shape the skyline, spring breakers zip down Kalākaua Avenue on electric scooters, and beachfront bars sling $15 mai tais. In the heart of the neighborhood lie the island’s historic luxury hotels, including the Moana Surfrider and Royal Hawaiian. But Waikīkī is lesser known for a different kind of stay,...


Newly refreshed Kaimana Beach Hotel aims to ‘reconnect’ with community

February 2021 • bizjournals

The Kaimana Beach Hotel reopened in December in conjunction with a transition to new management under Hawai'i-based luxury hospitality company Private Label Collection — and following a redesign that includes updates to the lobby and guest rooms, as well as a new take on the Hau Tree restaurant.....


Design-Driven Kaimana Beach Hotel Opens in Honolulu

February 2021 • tripsavvy

Opening on Feb. 1, the 122-room Kaimana Beach Hotel is one of the few Waikīkī Beach properties snug on the sand with direct beach access along Kaimana Beach. In fact, this newly renovated property (which was previously the former New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel) is the only boutique-size hotel with this claim. Others in the area, like Royal Hawaiian, are much larger in size...


Raise the Bar – Jen Ackrill Mixes 3 Drinks at Kaimana Beach Hotel’s Hau Tree Hotspot

February 2021 • khon2

Honolulu (KHON2) – Cocktail artist Jen Ackrill is raising the bar with drinks at her new home and Waikīkī hotspot Hau Tree.She invited Living808 Host Tannya Joaquin to her beachside bar at The Kaimana Beach Hotel to mix up 3 different drinks......


Kamaina Beach Hotel reopens, Hawaiian-run and Hawai'i-focused

February 2021 • Travelweekly

The hotel was purchased in 2018 by BT Kalakaua, a partnership between Honolulu-based BlackSand Capital and Tsukada Global Holdings of Japan, which then leased the property back to the previous owner, New Otani Co. When that lease expired late last year, ownership brought in Private Label Collection -- which also manages the Hotel Wailea, Relais and Chateaux -- and was founded by Honolulu native Jon McManus, to oversee the 122-room property first opened in 1963....


This Hotel in Hawai'i Just Got a Tropical Makeover That Was Made for Instagram

February 2021 • Travelandleisure

Kaimana Beach Hotel, located on Waikīkī along the Gold Coast of Honolulu, is ready to welcome guests once again. And this time, guests to the 50-year-old hotel will get to experience the hotel with its new look thanks to a handful of Hawaiian creatives.......


The Beloved Hau Tree Restaurant on Oʻahu Gets a New Look and Menu

January 2021 • HAWAI'I Magazine

The best part of this oceanfront restaurant in Waikīkī—the view—remains unchanged. It was called the Hau Tree Lānai when I was growing up, an open-air, oceanfront restaurant right on Kaimana Beach in Waikīkī. It was the spot for bridal showers and brunch with friends...


Hawai'i’s Iconic Kaimana Beach Hotel Unveils New Look

January 2021 • Islands

For more than five decades, the Kaimana Beach Hotel has offered travelers the best of Waikīkī and especially the beach for which this property was named. But when it reopens on February 1, this popular Gold Coast spot will boast an unfamiliar look to longtime guests, as the hotel underwent a refreshing, stylish redesign with the help of Private Label Collection and the Henderson Design Group. The result is a fun, fascinating tribute to everything we’ve loved about Honolulu for so many years....