Rejuvenated Prince Waikiki Offers Fine Island FareCover Story Features
April 23, 2017
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
After operating for more than a quarter century as Hawaii Prince Hotel, a fresh, open look and a commitment to accurately portraying Native Hawaiian history, culture and imagery has led to the property’s rebranding as Prince Waikiki.
The hotel’s new name was implemented April 1 after years of planning and construction to reinvigorate the popular destination, which features an array of dining options — from banquet and special event coordination to buffet and a la carte choices coupled with spacious bar and lounge areas.
“Everyone loves the new, modern look,” says Prince Waikiki’s catering and conference services manager Kiele Reyes. “It’s so open and clean, and offers plenty of space for visitors and kamaaina to gather.”
Prince Waikiki and its multiple dining establishments and special event rooms were renovated and now feature culturally significant Native Hawaiian imagery, including engraved wood elements throughout dining areas that depict limu ‘ele ‘ele (seaweed). The Muliwai Deck has been enhanced with the addition of the Hinana Bar, as well as other amenities at the spacious gathering place, which is open to the public. Muliwai represents the convergence of fresh water from the mountains and salt water from the ocean, a theme consistent with a thriving ecosystem that is portrayed throughout the hotel.
Prince Waikiki’s Piinaio Ballroom is named after one of the three major waterways that flows through Waikiki and into the ocean, while the hotel’s smaller banquet and breakout rooms are named after offshoots of that stream system. With this firm sense of place in mind, the experienced team at Prince Waikiki makes the process of planning and executing social events easy. From graduation parties to first birthday gatherings, weddings, retirement celebrations and even business meetings, Prince Waikiki does it all with a personalized touch for groups up to 400-plus. Ornate wedding cakes can also be created.
Banquet chef Mark Miura has built an extensive special-event menu, and is flexible to help guests customize one-of-a-kind menus to make each get-together a memorable one.
“The process is totally customizable; I can help clients make it happen,” Miura says. “I cook food that I also enjoy, and we serve fresh island cuisine that is essentially local-style comfort food with the freshest ingredients, including those sourced locally when possible.”
Some of the popular banquet and special-event selections crafted from scratch include: Beet Salad with gold and red beets and ‘Nalo spring mix; Wafu Steak featuring top sirloin with ponzu butter sauce, fried garlic chips and daikon oroshi; Ahi Cakes composed with fresh ahi, capers, cilantro, balsamic vinaigrette, lime, microgreens and tropical-fruit relish; and for dessert, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flan, a signature sweet treat with macadamia nuts and chocolate, resembles a candy bar with the highlights of a pie and cake all in one.
Since reopening and rebranding last November, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar continues to impress kamaaina diners and visitors alike with its fresh island fare served within an inviting atmosphere. Guests can settle in with family and friends amid the spacious revamped dining area, while setting sail on an unforgettable dining experience.
Situated on the third floor of Prince Waikiki, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar develops a “sit-back-and-relax on the lanai” vibe, flanked by stunning views of Ala Wai Yacht Harbor — a perfect vantage point to watch a sunset. In addition to serving its popular breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffets, 100 Sails also has rolled out an alluring a la carte menu available throughout the day.
100 Sails offers popular happy-hour specials daily in the spacious bar and lounge area. Guests may enjoy happy hour daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and again from 8 to 10 p.m., while being treated to tremendous value with complimentary self or valet parking with purchase.
100 Sails Unveils Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
As part of its new bar and lounge menu, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at Prince Waikiki has unveiled a collection of non-alcoholic specialty drinks to complement an array of signature cocktails, beer and wine selections. Guests can sit back and relax with Strawberry Li Hing Lemonade, Cucumber Ginger Fizz, Harbor Hito and Basil Strawberry Tea ($7 apiece), all of which are handcrafted behind the bar to provide the ultimate refreshment.
Special Events Abound
at Prince Waikiki
Guests can look forward to a host of fun, food-filled events at Prince Waikiki throughout the year. A Taste of Prince Waikiki: A Wedding Experience Showcase will be held May 4, and reservations are being accepted via email@example.com. It’s a perfect opportunity for those looking to get married, as various vendors will be on hand to assist with all the aspects of putting together a dream wedding. Also, RSVP now via firstname.lastname@example.org for the popular Administrative Professionals Day (April 26) and Mother’s Day (May 14) buffets hosted by Prince Waikiki.
100 Holomoana St., Waikiki
952-4789 (catering office) and email email@example.com
Hours vary by event
Ample parking is available at Prince Waikiki. Guests may use the self-park garage or convenient valet service, and supplementary parking is available at Marina Parking Garage.