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The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort Marks 90 Years On February 1

HAWAII, HONOLULU, WAIKIKI – The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, the Waikiki landmark epitomizing regal sophistication and enduring charm for more than eight decades, celebrates its milestone 90th anniversary on February 1. Affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, The Royal Hawaiian has been a haven of luxury and gracious Hawaiian hospitality for generations of jetsetters since it opened on a pristine expanse of Waikiki Beach on February 1, 1927.

An opulent 90th Anniversary Gala reminiscent of Opening Day in 1927 is planned for Friday, March 3 in the resort’s historic Monarch Room. Themed “The Night They Opened The Royal,” the event is a benefit for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association in Hawaii. Tables are being sold, as well as individual tickets, which are priced at $350 per person and can be purchased by going to 501Auction.com/RoyalGala.

Throughout 2017, The Royal Hawaiian is introducing a number new guest experiences – services and programs that will help the resort embark on its next 90 years.

Among the new initiatives is the grand opening of the Royal Hawaiian Bakery, which will make The Royal Hawaiian the first hotel in Hawaii to feature its own stand-alone bakery. The one-stop confectionary located on the resort’s Coconut Lanai offers everything from The Royal Hawaiian’s famous banana bread and classic freshly baked desserts to custom-created cakes by Executive Pastry Chef Carolyn Portuondo, whose talents have been showcased nationally. The bakery also offers a range of artisan baked goods such as Big Island honey butter kouign-amann, Pink Palace haupia croissant braids, Royal croissant bread pudding muffins, Hawaiian Vanilla crème broche with locally grown berries, limited-edition coffee blends and gifts. In celebration of the resort’s 90th anniversary in 2017, the Royal Hawaiian Bakery is offering special commemorative tins for purchase that allows guests to pick from a variety of baked goods to place in the tins to take a little bit of The Royal Hawaiian home with them after their stays.

The Royal Hawaiian is also planning to introduce several new programs and initiatives during its anniversary year. Among them are:

• Bell-ringing ceremony: a symbolic ringing of the bell in The Royal Hawaiian’s famed Bell Tower every evening at 6 p.m.
• Artist-in-Residence Eva Makk: painter who will be featured at the Coconut Grove later this year. Makk has donated one of her original pieces titled, “Royal Reflections” to the 90th Anniversary Gala for the silent auction on March 3.
• Executive Chef Colin Hazama’s “A Chef’s Epicurean Journey:” a quarterly culinary program each quarter. Epicurean Journey events will focus on “Roots & Vines” (March), “Misfits” (June), “Archipelagos” (September) and “The Royal Feast” (December).
• The Bar at Azure: Azure Restaurant, the culinary landmark at The Royal Hawaiian, introduces The Bar this year, offering exceptional wines by the glass, as well as wine flights and a menu with lighter fare.
• Fashion partnerships: Paul Mayer limited-edition designer shoes in commemoration of the 90th anniversary. And a special shirt by Tori Richard, who has a number of signature designs, including one with The Royal Hawaiian on it.

Bridal couples interested in tying the knot at the one of the most romantic locales in Hawaii can choose from of six distinctive wedding styles for life’s ultimate celebration. Only at the Royal Weddings themes include an everlasting classic, to whimsically fun, to chic, vintage, indigenous and en vogue. The Royal Hawaiian’s beachfront oasis is an idyllic setting for Only at the Royal Weddings – spectacular soirees that will delight the senses with fairy-tale offerings that blend the resort’s impeccable amenities, service and setting. To learn more about saying “I do” at The Royal Hawaiian, see the Only at the Royal Weddings page.

In addition, The Royal Hawaiian has also introduced a room package throughout its 90th anniversary year (blackout dates are December 17-31, 2017). With a minimum three-night stay, guests who book in the historic garden with prices beginning at $430 per night; historic ocean starting at $560 per night, and the Mailani Tower oceanfront starting from $570 per night, guests will receive a $90 resort credit, an exclusive Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary welcome amenity, and a $90 resort credit that may be used for dining, pool cabanas or at the A Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha Aina. Guests can also choose between a special Royal Hawaiian 90th anniversary luggage tag or luggage strap. The package can be reserved online or by calling 866-716-8140 and asking for rate plan ROYAL90.

“During this 90th anniversary year, the Pink Palace of the Pacific is celebrating all year to give guests many different ways to capture the sweet memories of their time here…Only at the Royal,” said Cheryl Williams, general manager, The Royal Hawaiian a Luxury Collection Resort.

About The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
Opened in 1927 and affectionately called the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is a haven of timeless luxury. Modern yet indigenous, the resort offers unprecedented amenities, unrivaled accommodations and exclusive services – all designed to provide the ultimate global trendsetter with a unique luxury experience. From first-class accommodations in the landmark Historic Wing and the magnificent Mailani Tower to world-class dining, the 528-room resort embodies the allure of Hawaii's spirit and the essence of an indulgent escape. Exceptional Epicurean Journeys can be found at award-winning Azure Restaurant, the original Mai Tai Bar, and A Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha Aina, Waikiki’s only oceanfront luau. The intimate Malulani Pool and private beach area are both complemented with pink-hued umbrellas to match the resort’s signature color. On February 1, 2017, The Royal Hawaiian celebrates nine glorious decades of exceptional service along Waikiki Beach.

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® is a collection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 95 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in 35 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel's distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com.

About Kyo-ya Hotels & Resort, LP and Kyo-ya Kaiulani, LLC
As one of Hawaii’s largest employers, with more than 4,500 hotel associates in its workforce, Kyo-ya has a long history in Hawaii dating back to 1961. The company is the steward of six hotel and resort properties in Hawaii and California, including historical treasures: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa; The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort and The Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel in San Francisco; as well as the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. The company recently completed extensive renovations and upgrades, investing more than $300 million in its Waikiki properties alone, and plans to continue its investment to ensure Waikiki maintains its reputation as a world-class destination. Kyo-ya is committed to strengthening the communities where it does business by partnering with local nonprofit organizations, community establishments and community leaders who share the same vision and passion for making a difference.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Waikiki
Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Waikiki, comprised of the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, and Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, is owned by Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Between the four properties, Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Waikiki offers 4,110 rooms, ranging from comfortable affordability to the ultimate in suite luxury. In addition, the properties offer industry-leading and critically-acclaimed food and beverage offerings and one-of-a-kind resort amenities.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is owned by Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 5,700 properties in over 110 countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com and @MarriottIntl.

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