Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort completes transformation

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort completed a series of rejuvenation projects and enhancements. Upgrades include the redesign of the property's Bali Steak & Seafood and Paradise Lounge, Tapa Bar and a new lobby and arrival experience.

Led by San Francisco-based Puccini Group, the redesign blends elements including fabrics and textures inspired by Balinese wood carvings with a new color palette and floral patterns. The new executive chef is JJ Reinhart.

Blending with Bali Steak & Seafood is the new Paradise Lounge area designed to bring the outdoors inside. A tropical color palette that includes bright and modern coral and turquoise hues enlivens the space that also incorporates the designs of Bali's geometric patterns and compositions in a contemporary way. The art selected for both the restaurant and lounge pay homage to Bali's culture, with re-envisioned traditional woven baskets, masks and imagery of the landscape.


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Removing some of the more traditional check-in barriers, the new design of the lobby offers guests a lounge-style reception and seating area with views that look out upon Hilton's landscaping and Waikiki Beach. The use of natural, indigenous materials helps blend the new lobby with the resort's environment. The main lobby area has a new chandelier which is styled to be a metaphorical reference of a soft cluster of banana leaves suspended in a tall pyramid-shaped space. Other key features in the lobby include: backlit, iridescent teal and emerald-colored panels with textures emulating fish scales and ocean waters that provide a backdrop to check-in desks; and full-height, custom-cast glass panels.

The new look of the Tapa Bar is inspired by its name, the ancient art of Tapa (or Kapa in Hawaiian) cloth making. An updated structure and overhead trellis element are adorned with some of the traditional patterns found on Kapa cloths. An all-new cocktail menu was designed by Christina Maffei.