Hotel to undergo exciting renovations

A La Carte Columns

June 26, 2016

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: MISSY ROMERO

Wafu Steak (part of banqueting/catering options)

Wafu Steak (part of banqueting/catering options)

Starting this week, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki will begin renovations to Prince Court restaurant, as well as its guest rooms, lobby and public areas. Its ballrooms also are scheduled for renovations starting early 2017 and are slated to be finished in mid-March. The hotel will remain open during renovations, and when completed, guests can enjoy many new, enhanced services.

Conveniently located at the gateway to Waikiki, the oceanfront Hawaii Prince Hotel is a popular choice for both locals and visitors, especially for special events, such as weddings, first birthday parties, graduation celebrations, business meetings and conferences, exhibit shows and more.

A decorated wedding cake made in Hawaii Prince's in-house bakeshop

A decorated wedding cake made in Hawaii Prince’s in-house bakeshop

Its grand ballroom, the Maunakea Ballroom, is a spacious 6,900-square-foot space with a capacity of about 450 people. There also are smaller rooms, Haleakala and Kilauea, that can accommodate 80 people together or 40 separately.

“In the future (after renovations are complete), we will have an air wall, so we’re able to split the ballroom (and meeting rooms) into two, which we don’t currently have,” says Glenn Shigeta, director of catering and conference services. “For banquets, locals like to have buffets, so we offer buffets for both lunch and dinner. Brunches also have become very popular, so we’ve been doing a lot of Sunday brunches for graduation parties and weddings. And for the more formal-type events, we do sit-down plated course menus.”

Ahi Poke (part of banqueting/catering options)

Ahi Poke (part of banqueting/catering options)

Price for banquet buffets start at $50 per person, and a plated sit-down menu starts at $60 per person. However, Shigeta notes that Hawaii Prince can customize a menu based on a person’s needs, and also offers a menu tasting before a large event.

In addition to the upcoming renovations, guests also can look forward to an updated banquet/catering menu featuring new dishes and old favorites.

“The menu is Eurasian, Island cuisine,” says Shigeta.

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

100 Holomoana St., Waikiki

Honolulu, HI 96815

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