Waikiki Parc Hotel
2233 Helumoa Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Main Telephone Number: (808) 921-PARC (7272)
Main Facsimile Number: (808) 923-1336
Toll Free Reservations: (800) 422-0450
SPREADING THE WORD, SHARING THE LIFESTYLE.
|Waikiki Parc gears up for Charity Walk this weekend! in Hawaii|
May 16, 2013 - Hawaii's hospitality industry is gearing up for this year's annual
The walk, which has raised more than $24 million for Hawaii
In answer to that call, staff at Waikiki Parc and its sister hotel Halekulani have designed decorative slippers that will be on display on the lawn in front of our booth on the morning of Charity Walk.
It is a friendly competition between departments to see who can decorate the best slipper; the winners are Waikiki Parc Hotel's Front Office and Halekulani's Human Resources!
Here are the photos:
|Parc Chic wine mixer celebrates May Day in Hawaii|
Ooh la la! A special wine mixer at Waikiki Parc calls upon a popular Hawaii spin on the ancient tradition of May Day. While many cultures observe May 1st with various springtime rituals, Hawaii residents mark the occasion by gifting friends and loved ones with lei.
The hotel has themed its regularly scheduled Friday wine mixer on May 3, 2013 around this day, calling it "Hu-la-la"and offering a selection of tropical foods and drink, and a contemporary hula show.
Registered, in-room guests are invited to this complimentary wine mixer from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby. The menu offerings include: Kahlua flavored chicken wings and coconut (haupia) desserts served with Hawaiian rum punch and our private labeled Parc Chic wines.
|Waikiki Parc GM and Nobu Waikiki help at Charity Walk fundraiser|
April 20, 2013 - Two hundred fifty people put their best slipper forward at a fundraiser for Charity Walk last night at sister hotel Halekulani, including the Parc's general manager Julie Arigo, who is the event chair this year for the state's fundraiser.
The event, Chefs & Slippahs, asked all guests to dress up in cocktail attire and flip flops, or 'slippers' as they're called in the local vernacular. A $100 Visa gift card was awarded to the person judged to have the best slippers.
Five celebrity chefs donated their time to make the event a success: Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants, Hiroshi Fukui of Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, Joel Capinpin of Nobu Waikiki and Vikram Garg of Halekulani. The Chefs & Slippahs event also featured a silent auction for attendees to bid on exclusive experiences.
Photos courtesy Sisto Domingo.
Charity Walk is coordinated by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. All donations will stay in Hawaii, benefitting local charities. Last year, HLTA gave funds to 200 charities statewide. Since the charity walk started in 1978, the visitor industry has raised over $24 million. Last year, this state raised $1.4 million.
These events are a lead up to an actual walk; the Oahu walk will be on May 18 at 7 a.m. For information, on the walks, call (808) 923-0407.
|Parc Chic wine mixer celebrates LOVE at the Parc|
February 14, 2013 - February is here - and you'll love Waikiki Parc's holiday-themed Parc Chic Wine Mixer. Registered, in-room guests are invited to a complimentary wine mixer from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby on Thursday, February 14.
Fall in love with our mini red velvet cupcakes, cheese and fruit platters, champagne with strawberries, and private-label Parc Chic wines. Ladies will receive a special gift!
About Parc Chic Wines: With an urban tropical ambiance featuring rich ebony hardwoods, illuminated glass walls, and selective works of bold art, the Parc Chic Wine collection is a true reflection of the gen-lux hotel. This exclusive collection of chic ‘personality wines,’ boasts bold names, vibrant and contemporary packaging, and playful descriptions, while at the same time, offering highly popular and savory varietals. Parc Chic Wines celebrate the personality and mood of the consumer while also promoting the passion and culture of wine. Guests can also enjoy the exclusive and savory collection of Parc Chic Wines in the comfort of their contemporary rooms with the Parc Chic Wine Bar. The collection includes:
- JUICY – Viogner – the personality that drinks this wine is “succulent & tantalizing”
- MOIST – Chardonnay – the personality that drinks this wine is “alluring & sensual”
- WICKED – Petit Noir – the personality that drinks this wine is “simply sinful” concoction
- PLUMP – Cabernet Sauvignon – the personality that drinks this wine is “passionate & seductive”
- LUSH – Zinfandel – the personality that drinks this wine is “sinful and obsessive”
|Nobu Waikiki offers special Valentine's Day menu|
Planning to impress your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Nobu Waikiki is offering a special Valentine's Day Omakase menu for $160 per person. The menu is:
Chef's Choice Sushi
Grilled Japanese Wagyu with Seared Foie Gras,
Salmon Tofu with Ikura, Ginger-Umami Jelly
& Spicy Ponzu
Blood Orange Balsamic Teriyaki
Snow Pea, Aji Aioli, Key Lime
Brussel Sprouts, Honey-Truffle Gobo,
Seafood Duo: Kumamoto Oyster & Whitefish Dry Miso
Lobster Gratin with Heart of Palm,
Chu Toro Salad with Jalapeno Miso
with Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Sorbet
Call (808) 237-6999 to reserve a table!
|Nobu Waikiki rated #1 in Zagat 2013 ratings|
Jan 14, 2013 - Where's the best place in Hawaii to grab a drink or have dinner, if you're a single twentysomething craving Peruvian food? The restaurant in the lobby of Waikiki Parc!
Restaurant review guide Zagat announced its 2013 ratings for Hawaii restaurants and Nobu Waikiki has come away with a number of accolades, including #1 in Singles Scenes, #1 in Peruvian Cuisine, and #1 (tied) in a category called Twentysomethings.
The rest of the list includes:
#2 (tie) Trendy
#3 Best Place to Meet for A Drink
#4 (tie) Japanese food
#4 Power Scenes
#8 Business Dining Category
#8 Best People Watching
#9 Romantic Places
#11 Special Occasions
#13 Celebrity Chefs
Zagat is known as the "burgundy bible" and a trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories and is lauded as the "most up-to-date," "comprehensive" and "reliable" guide, published on all platforms. Zagat content is integrated throughout Google, including Maps, Search, Google+ and mobile. Zagat guidebooks are also available at all major retailers. In September 2011, Zagat was acquired by Google Inc.
|President Obama dines at Nobu Waikiki|
Jan 4, 2013 - President Barack Obama spent the evening dining at Nobu Waikiki. He's here on Oahu for his yearly holiday vacation, and for the second year in a row, has chosen to visit Nobu Waikiki. In 2012, he enjoyed a New Year's Day dinner here.
Nobu Waikiki is in the lobby of Waikiki Parc Hotel, and the streets surrounding the hotel were both blocked off for security reasons, as well as lined with people hoping to catch a glimpse of the President and First Lady.
Traffic on Kalia Road, Helumoa Street, and Lewers Avenue was halted for hours, while crowds gathered at the intersection of Kalia Road and Lewers Avenue (outside Halekulani), along Lewers Avenue, and in the lobby of Waikiki Parc Hotel.
Directly outside the hotel, Kalia Road was lined with US Secret Service vehicles as well as one van full of White House press pool reporters and photographers.
|Waikiki Parc supports Xcel Race Against Cancer|
Waikiki Parc is the sole hotel sponsor of the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer, a standup paddle race along the iconic Waikiki shoreline to raise awareness for skin cancer. Xcel and the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center (UHCC) partnered to produce this first-time event, to be held Saturday, February 9, 2013. This is the latest initiative in the ongoing partnership between Xcel and the UHCC to fight skin cancer in Hawai’i and beyond.
Designed to encourage paddlers of all levels to participate for the cause, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer course follows the popular Waikiki Roughwater Swim, with racers beginning at Kaimana Beach and paddling just outside of Waikiki’s world-famous surf spots to the finish at Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
Finish line festivities include free skin cancer screenings, raffle prize drawings, and the awards presentation for the top three finishers in each division (men’s and women’s; unlimited, 14’, and 12’6” and under).
Pre-registered racers are guaranteed an event t-shirt. All racers will also receive entry into the raffle drawing for big-ticket prizes donated by event sponsors.
Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Schedule of Events
8:00 – 9:30am: Check in and on-site registration
9:45am: Safety briefing
10:00am: Race start
Finish Line: Awards presentation, raffle prize drawings, free skin cancer screenings, and more. For more details about this race or how to sign up, please go to: http://xcelwetsuits.com/c/blog/register-now-for-the-xcel-race-against-skin-cancer
|Nobu Waikiki's holiday menus|
Looking for a chic place to dine during the holidays? Nobu Waikiki is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Nobu Waikiki is also offering a pre-holiday menu from December 21- 23.
They are as follows:
Pre-Christmas menu 2012
December 21-23, nightly from 5:30 to 9:45pm
$135 per person
No substitutions to menu
Seafood duo: King Salmon Poke and Whitefish Tiradito
Kanpachi Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing
Seafood duo: King Crab Dynamite and Sea Bass with Spicy Moro Miso
Grilled Kobe Beef with Truffle Soy Reduction
Lobster Miso Soup
Eggnog Mousse with Spiced Cranberries and Holly Crunch
Christmas Menu 2012
Limited ala carte menu, no bar menu
$160 per person
No substitutions can be made to menus
(Amuse bouche: Choice)
Whitefish Wasabi Ceviche with Caviar and k\Karasumi
Scallops Dry Miso
Big Island Ahi Sashimi salad with Spicy Matsuhisa Dressing
Roasted Big Island Abalone with Uni Butter Crust and Maitake Mushroom Tempura with Truffle Salt
Braised Wagyu Short Rib, Edamame, Lotus Root, Crispy Foie Gras, Aka Miso Sauce
Greenwell Farms Coffee Tart, Roasted Almond Ice Cream, Gingerbread Micro Cake
New Year's Eve 2012/ New Year's Day 2013 menu
December 31, 2012 - Jan 1, 2013
Limited a la carte menu/No bar menu
$180 per person
$190 with a glass of champagne
No substitutions on menu
(Amuse Bouche: Choice)
Toro Tartare with Scallop Ceviche
New Zealand King Salmon Confit with Dijon Mustard Miso and Shiso Chimichurri
Truffle Lobster Soba Risotto with Saffron Dashi
Grilled Wagyu, Roasted Shallots and Edamame, Red Wine Gastrique, Seared Foie Gras
Seafood Albondiga (Meatball) in Clear Soup (traditional Ozoni on New Year’s day)
Pink Champagne and Raspberry
|Nobu Waikiki honored in local Hale Aina food awards|
Nov 16, 2012 - Congratulations to Nobu Waikiki, which was honored with two first place awards in Honolulu Magazine's annual Hale Aina Awards. The list of best restaurants for 2013 awards a "gold" category to Nobu Waikiki for "Best Cocktail" and "Best Japanese."
See for yourself what the buzz is about. Call for reservations at (808) 237-6999. Nobu Waikiki is in the lobby of Waikiki Parc Hotel. Free parking with validation.
|Pop up at the Parc: SURF|
Nov 2012 - Waikiki Parc celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and as part of the festivities, we’re co-hosting a new pop up exhibit featuring goods on display and for sale by pioneers of Hawaii’s surf industry. Pop-Up at the Parc: Surf, is being held in conjunction with FLUX Hawaii's winter Surf issue. Some of the items you’ll see include:
-Two hand-shaped alaia boards made from Acacia koa by CJ Kanuha, a pro surfer from the Big Island, along with black-and-white canvas photographic prints;
-Surfboards by the famed shaper, Wade Tokoro, whose innovative and precise shaping techniques have kept him on the cutting edge of surfboard design and have made him the go-to shaper for many of the world's best surfers;
-Apparel by the Woolley Brothers, surfboard shapers and screen printers, all made-in-Hawaii from their shop on Oahu's North Shore;
-Photographs by Zak Noyle, who is the senior staff photographer for Surfer magazine, often called the Bible of surfing, and whose client list includes the likes of Red Bull, Quiksilver, Chanel and ESPN;
-Handplanes from Real Gone Handplanes, fashioned out of old skateboards decks and used for bodysurfing Hawaii's shorebreak.
Zak Noyle is also a featured photographer for Waikiki Parc, and his works appear on some of our stationery and wall art.
FLUX Hawaii is a quarterly lifestyle magazine featuring the latest in local arts and culture as well as social issues that establish and perpetuate our islands’ unique sense of place.
Nov 19 - Dec. 14
4 - 7 pm
In the lobby of Waikiki Parc
2233 Helumoa Road
Free valet parking
|2012 A Cool Christmas at the Parc|
Happy Holidays and Welcome to the Parc! Every year since 2006, it’s been our pleasure to present “A COOL CHRISTMAS AT THE PARC” inspired by you, our guest. From December 14th – 25th we invite Parc guests to experience exclusive daily festivities. Check out the chicest 12 days of festive fun in paradise:
Friday, 12.14 Celebrate your Waikiki Winter at our exclusive wine mixer in the chic hotel lobby, and toast to the season with our playful Parc Chic Wines. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12.15 Try your hand at Hawaii’s most popular ocean activity – SURFING! Complimentary two-hour surf lessons provided by Hans Hedemann’s Surf School on Waikiki Beach’s favorite surf spot. Must be 14 years or older, reservations required at the Concierge desk. Space limited to 8 guests per group surf lesson, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sunday, 12.16 Have some fun in the sun while getting in a good core workout! Join us for complimentary two-hour STAND-UP PADDLE lessons provided by Hans Hedemann’s Surf School on Waikiki Beach. Must be 14 years or older, reservations required at the Concierge desk. Space limited to 8 guests per group lesson, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Monday, 12.17 “Shop Till You Drop” with Parc Access at Oahu’s Ala Moana Shopping Center, a premier international shopping destination with over 290 shops and restaurants. Your Ala Moana Premier Passport gives you value-added Parc Perks at selected stores.
Tuesday, 12.18 Join us at QUENCH on PARC Blue (8th Floor Pool) for special holiday fruit smoothies. 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12.19 Dive-in Movie Theatre at Parc Blue. Enjoy a poolside holiday movie under Hawaiian stars and the glow of Waikiki’s metropolitan skyline. Chic chaise lounges, holiday beverages and goodies available. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12.20 Experience the holidays Parc-style at PARC Blue (8th Floor Pool) for “Hu-la-la” - contemporary hula entertainment you don’t want to miss! 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12.21 Celebrate your Waikiki Winter at our exclusive wine mixer in the chic hotel lobby, and toast to the season with our playful Parc Chic Wines. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12.22 Receive a Parc Polish at SpaHalekulani. Just steps away from the hotel, enjoy a luxurious nail service at a special Parc rate. Aromatic manicure- $38 (reg $45), pedicure- $55 (reg $65) or Deluxe Combination- $90 (reg $110). Press the SpaHalekulani icon on your room phone for an appointment.
Sunday, 12.23 Sip a special holiday cocktail, Mistletoe Kiss ($8), in the Lounge at Nobu Waikiki.
Monday, 12.24 Sweet Dreams! Enjoy bedside treats compliments of your Parc Pals.
Tuesday, 12.25 On Christmas Day, you could be the lucky winner of our Grand Prize Waikiki Escape Package. Available January 15, 2013 thru January 15, 2014 (subject to availability and blackout dates.)
Holiday Reminder: Nobu Waikiki is OPEN on Christmas Day!
|Parc Freak Out! Instagram Costume Contest Winner|
Oct 31, 2012- On October 26, 2012 Waikiki Parc sponsored the ARTafterDARK "Freak Out!" Halloween event at the Honolulu Museum of Art as a part of our 25th Anniversary celebration.
Attendees at the Museum entered pictures of their best Halloween costumes on Instagram for a chance to win 25 instant prizes or a grand prize of a two night stay at the Waikiki Parc Hotel.
Congratulations to this year's grand prize winner Henry Benito "@heavymanners." These three friends were dressed as Japanese obake oni characters using masks and props that they hand crafted themselves.
Visit our Facebook page to see some of the other great costumes that came out to celebrate with us last Friday. Happy Halloween!
Click here to view all of the pictures taken in the Photo Ops Hawaii photo booths at ARTafterDARK "Freak Out!"
Pottery exhibit at Waikiki Parc Hotel promotes Honolulu art student
Oct 29, 2012 – Waikiki Parc Hotel, Hawaii’s chicest address, is proud to present an exhibit by pottery artist Dustin Miyakawa. AQUATIC AMPHORIC features a series of thrown ceramic vessels referencing the channel markers that guide ships to and from harbor. The hotel corridor in which the series is installed functions similarly, guiding visitors to and from their rooms. This functional relationship links Waikiki Parc’s aquatic iconography and architecture to the concept of the vessels through formal metaphor.
An amphora is a ceramic vessel from antiquity with tall, cylindrical body and narrow neck for pouring. It was designed to store and transport both dry and liquid products (most often wine), popularized during the late bronze age and Greco-Roman era. These two geographically-defining words capture the tension between both schools of thought and questions of identity that Miyakawa’s work espouses.
Each vessel is fired raku-style, an American adaptation of a traditional Japanese ceramic firing technique. American raku, a technique richly embedded in Hawaii's ceramic community, embodies a cross-cultural exchange through the adaptation of process. In the same way, Waikiki Parc strengthens the dialogue between East and West through its hosting of guests and supporting cultural institutions like the University of Hawaii Arts Program.
Miyakawa’s work exists at a point of tension between the cultural and artistic perspectives specific to Hawaii's art community, walking a line between East and West, historical and contemporary, vessel and sculpture, art and craft, creating sculpture with meaning while remaining true to his fascination with vessels and function.
Waikiki Parc is a partner with the University of Hawaii Arts Foundation. Dustin Miyakawa is an arts student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
This free, public exhibition runs from November 6, 2012 – January 4, 2013 in the lobby of Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road in Waikiki. Please inquire at the Front Desk for more information about the pottery or go to Miyakawa's website at http://dustinmiyakawa.com/home.html.
As a kid, I was always off on adventures, whether within the confines of my own imagination or outside in a world that seemed so big and exciting. When I was six, one such adventure landed me in my school's ceramics studio where I stumbled across an artist throwing a vase. There was something fascinating about the way form was born so freely, the immediacy of the process.
Ten years later the very same artist became my first ceramics teacher. What was once an elective became an obsession: I would throw every day before class, then at lunch, even after school. Sometimes I'd skip class altogether.
Ten years later, after graduating from Iolani, I am pursing my BFA at the University of Hawaii. Although I still focus solely on the wheel, education has taught me to contextualize my creative tendencies to develop meaning behind each vessel. I aim to enhance the user's experience of my work by purposefully selecting materials, designs and production techniques specific to culture and place. I am interested in relating vessels with their contents by expressing relationships between their origins, cultural meanings and creative processes. But despite these recent academic developments, I still skip classes to make pottery or to indulge in a new and exciting adventure.
Waikiki Parc Hotel celebrates 25th annniversary with 2 rooms packages: "25 Alive" and "Freak Out"
Oct 24, 2012 – Waikiki Parc Hotel, Hawaii’s chicest address and home of NOBU Waikiki, invites culinary and art loving patrons to celebrate its silver anniversary with its exclusive 25 Alive experience. Long celebrated for offering travelers exclusive access to Waikiki’s cultural landmarks, the property pays tribute to 25 years of being a preferred address for guests and locals alike.
“25 Alive rejoices The Parc’s way of presenting travelers with a chic, vibrant alternative to luxury with an enriching and alluring world of culture, dining, entertainment, shopping, nightlife and relaxation,” said Julie Arigo, general manager of Waikiki Parc. “Our benchmark silver anniversary is an exciting opportunity for guests to explore our ‘paradise with an edge.’”
The 25 Alive promotion exclusive package includes accommodations in an Ocean View Room, Chef’s Special dinner for two at the renowned NOBU Waikiki, daily breakfast for two, a welcome amenity gift pack (includes Parc Chic private label wine, the Parc’s Endless Summer CD, featuring Grammy Winner Daniel Ho and Herb Ohta Jr., and a Parc Surf note card pack) and complimentary parking. Guests are also afforded complimentary VIP access to Honolulu’s elite art and culture venues at the Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art by simply presenting their Waikiki Parc Hotel room key card. Package room rates start at USD $885 for a minimum three night stay, effective from August 20, 2012- - March 31, 2013.
As part of the 25 Alive promotion, Waikiki Parc is also participating in an October 26th Honolulu Museum of Art “ARTafterDARK” event called “Freak Out.” ARTafterDARK is a monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 9pm on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Waikiki Parc’s booth will feature Parc Chic designer wines and Nobu Waikiki appetizers; Proceeds will benefit the Honolulu Museum of Art.
For kama’aina residents only, Waikiki Parc is offering a Freak Out package that includes accommodations in a Deluxe Mountain Room, daily full American breakfast for two, a welcome Parc Chic wine amenity, complimentary parking, and guaranteed early check in at noon/ guaranteed late check out at 4 p.m. Guests are also afforded complimentary VIP access to Honolulu’s elite art and culture venues at the Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art by simply presenting their Waikiki Parc Hotel room key card. Room rates are USD $195 per night, from October 26, December 22, 2012. Additional persons at USD $80, to a maximum of four guests.
Waikiki Parc appeals to guests with an active lifestyle who enjoy exploring the Honolulu area by foot or by car, with a location that provides guests with the best of both worlds: easy access to the beach, as well as Waikiki’s unlimited opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. For reservations and information, contact a travel professional or the hotel at 808-921-7272 or the reservations page on this website. Please also visit www.facebook.com/waikikiparc or www.twitter.com/waikiki_parc.
|Waikiki Parc & Nobu Waikiki participate in Halloween festivities|
On Friday October 26, let your freak flag fly this month! One of Waikiki Parc's arts partners, Honolulu Museum of Art, is holding its monthly ARTafterDARK party with a Halloween theme, and Waikiki Parc will be along for the fun.
Make sure to come dressed in your Halloween best so you can participate in the ARTafterDARK:'Freak Out / Parc 25 Instagram Contest'. Upload a shot of yourself in your amazing costume on Instagram for a chance to win one of 25 instant prizes or a grand prize of two nights at the Waikiki Parc Hotel!
Watch out for Waikiki Parc staff who will be set up in the front sharing information about our chic boutique property and the night's special events.
Hungry or thirsty? Waikiki Parc will be selling our exclusive, private label Chic Wines for $6. Our lobby restaurant, Nobu Waikiki, will be selling akuma "devil" ahi poki for $7—an appetizer that will surely get you in the Halloween spirit.
Whether you're dressed for Halloween or not, Waikiki Parc is delighted to offer photo booths from Photo Ops Hawaii, where revelers can memorialize the night. Watch for our favorite photos that will be shown on a big screen in Kinau Court throughout the night.
See you at the museum!
To read more about the night's fun, go to http://honolulumuseum.org/events/art_after_dark/13111-freak_out
|Nobu Waikiki gets nod in 'Ilima Awards|
October 11, 2012- Waikiki Parc's lobby restaurant, the ever-chic Nobu Waikiki, was mentioned in the recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser 'Ilima Awards as a Critic's Pick chosen by food editor Joleen Oshiro as one of her favorite restaurants.
"Bright and delectable best describe the lineup here. Chef Nobuyuki ;Nobu' Matsuhisa's signature style is in his execution of traditional Japanese dishes using South American ingredients, and the results surprise and enlived the taste buds," writes Oshiro in the award guide for 2012-2013.
Oshiro goes on to compliment the decor that lends itself to "fine dining for special occasions."
To try it for yourself, call (808) 237-6999 or noburestaurants.com.
Congratulations, Nobu Waikiki!
|Waikiki Parc goes eco-chic with Nissan Leaf car rental|
October 10, 2012- Waikiki Parc is going green! Get charged up about Waikiki Parc’s new car rental program, which focuses on sustainability and the environment. “The Nissan Leaf rental is blue on the outside – but all green on the inside because it’s an electric vehicle,” says general manager Julie Arigo.
To rent a car, simply go to a GreenCar Hawaii kiosk located in our business center and pay by credit card. Bring the Access Voucher to the valet, who will then deliver the car to the port cochere. Each day you return to the hotel, it’s convenient and complimentary for you to fully charge the vehicle in a reserved Electric Vehicle stall in the Waikiki Parc parking garage. The Nissan Leaf’s average mileage range is a whopping 100 miles, but just in case you need a charge while you’re on the road, you’ll get a free EV charge card to take with you. When you’re done with the rental period, return it to the valet, who will charge the car in anticipation of the next rental.
Going green couldn’t be simpler, especially with Waikiki Parc’s Eco Chic room package. This minimum three night package includes the rental of a Nissan Leaf for 12 hours, complimentary valet parking for the Nissan Leaf, daily full American breakfast buffet for two, and a welcome amenity. For a three night package, Ocean View rooms start at $870; $290 for each additional night. Additional rental of Nissan Leaf at $125 per 24 hours. Package effective October 15, 2012 until February 28, 2013.
Continues Ms. Arigo, “The cars, which are owned by GreenCar Hawaii, are just one more example of how the Parc lives up to its eco-friendly mantra. At Waikiki Parc, we conserve water, have a recycling program, and buy sustainable products – efforts which have earned an ENERGY STAR certification.”
This latest offering complements the state’s push to promote Hawaii as a sustainable destination. In March 2012, the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s State Energy Office installed more than 200 new electric vehicle charging stations at over 80 locations statewide, placing Hawaii in the national forefront for the deployment of public charging stations. By the end of 2012, charging stations across all counties will be installed, as part of the EV Ready Grant Program.
By providing easy access at local parking garages, shopping centers, hotels and other attractions, the new chargers will help Hawaii meet the demands of its growing electric vehicle market, reduce electric vehicle owners’ range anxiety when driving over long distances and will help reduce the state’s dependence on foreign oil.
|Spooktacular Halloween wine mixer|
October 8, 2012- It's so chic, it's scary. Waikiki Parc is planning a Halloween themed wine mixer on Wednesday, October 31, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. As usual, we invite our in-room guests to visit for complimentary Parc Chic wines, light appetizers, and to view the results of our staff pumpkin carving contest. It'll be a spirited time!
This Halloween night mixer will take the place of the regularly scheduled Friday mixer, so there will be not be a wine mixer on Friday November 2.
We hope to see you there!
|Art pop up store at Waikiki Parc lobby pushes global boundaries|
August 2, 2012- If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the world’s biggest designers should be happy to be the topic of Stephanie Syjuco’s work. The San Francisco-based artist’s pretty handmade creations consist of crocheted imitations of popular designer handbags, which cross the line between fake and forgery, often raising the question of ownership and intellectual property rights. Syjuco’s art is inspired by her ongoing interest in issues of piracy and bootlegging as they apply to today’s globalized economy.
Art lovers, shoppers, and political philosophers alike can admire her work through the month of August at her exclusive pop-up store in the lobby of Waikiki Parc.
“The Counterfeit Crochet Project: Find Art Retrospective” is the exhibit’s name, and it’s part of a larger art co-op called FIND ART: Celebrating Community + Creativity, a group that aims to bring visiting established artists and musicians into a creative mashup with their local peers and the public.
Waikiki Parc, committed to supporting the arts in our community, is a sponsor of FIND ART, in celebration of the hotel’s 25th anniversary.
FIND STEPHANIE SYJUCO:
|Cityscape wine mixer celebrates Fourth of July|
June 25, 2012- Waikiki Parc Hotel observes America's Independence Day with a patriotic-themed wine mixer.
Usually held on Fridays in the lobby, this special holiday mixer will be on Wednesday July 4 at Parc Blue on the 8th floor, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. It's complimentary for hotel in-room guests.
In addition to Parc Chic designer wines, we're offering wine coolers and picnic-themed finger foods.
|Waikiki Parc Hotel sponsors art festival in Chinatown|
June 24, 2012- A hip art festival that Waikiki Parc Hotel is co-sponsoring – as the only hotel sponsor- opens this week in Honolulu’s Chinatown area, bringing together artists of all kinds – both visual, performance and musical – to meet the community. More unusually, it includes an element of “craftivism,” which is participation in making handmade art.
|Trip Advisor rates Waikiki Parc Hotel with 4 stars|
June 15, 2012 — For the second year in a row, Waikiki Parc Hotel, Hawaii’s chicest address and home of Nobu Waikiki, received a four star rating in 2011 from Trip Advisor, the popular travel website that helps people decide where to stay, eat, and visit when they’re traveling. The highest ranking is five stars.
“Trip Advisor’s rankings are all traveler generated, meaning visitors post reviews online. To receive such a high rating speaks well to our consistent service and quality,” said general manager Julie Arigo.
Waikiki Parc Hotel offers travelers contemporary accommodations in an intimate 297-room, urban boutique setting. Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, guests have elite access to the best of Waikiki by day and night. In the immediate vicinity are unlimited opportunities for shopping, dining, spa and entertainment, best experienced with the hotel’s PARC ACCESS program. Waikiki Parc Hotel caters to both business and leisure guests, with room rates starting at $285.
Guest activities include DIVE-IN THEATER, a seasonal promotion showing movies at the pool deck under a starry Hawaiian night sky and the vibrant lights of Waikiki’s city skyline; CITYSCAPE, a sunset wine mixer on Fridays and holidays; various surf and outdoor sports planned by our DIRECTOR OF SURF, Hans Hedemann, a former professional surfer; and the exclusive LOTUS EXPERIENCE, with daily rentals available.
|Stay connected at Waikiki Parc|
June 14, 2012 —Waikiki Parc now offers complimentary wireless internet access to all guests in the hotel’s public areas (the lobby, Connect, Merge, Nobu Waikiki, and Parc Blue) as well as the guest rooms. Additionally, in-room guests can now surf the internet for free using a wireless signal or an Ethernet cable.
|Nobu Waikiki celebrates 5th anniversary with special menu|
June 5, 2012 — Five years ago, the culinary world of Waikiki welcomed the acclaimed cuisine of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with his Hawaii flagship restaurant, Nobu Waikiki, located at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. Celebrated for its Peruvian-inspired fare, masterfully artistic plating, superior Japanese ingredients and world-class service, Chef Nobu describes his cuisine as being created with ‘kokoro’ (heart).
|Summer Parc Perks starts in July|
June 4, 2012 - Waikiki Parc Hotel celebrates summer with a unique, exclusive destination guests program.
“It’s our way of thanking guests for choosing to make us a part of their vacation”, said general manager Julie Arigo. “From poolside movies and wine mixers, to a chance at being the lucky daily drawing winner of several chic items such as surf lessons and spa experiences, all in-house guests are invited to experience Parc Perks.”
Monday: Quench at PARC BLUE - Experience Oahu’s urban-chic rooftop bar service and Waikiki Parc-exclusive Parc Chic wines at the pool while enjoying a live hula performance.
Tuesday: Smoothie Bar at Quench at PARC BLUE – Enjoy 3 flavors of smoothies at Oahu’s urban-chic rooftop bar service at the pool.
Wednesday: Parc Blue Dive-In Theater** 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Thursday: Quench at PARC BLUE – Staying healthy is fun! Participate in a fresh food challenge at Oahu’s urban-chic rooftop bar service at the pool. We’ll serve contentants sliced fruit in a bowl; whomever finishes first will win a prize.
Friday: Cityscape Wine Mixer- As the sun sets over the coast; the lights, sights and music of Waikiki awaken the city. Waikiki Parc Hotel invites guests to its weekly complimentary Cityscape wine mixer, Fridays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. where guests enjoy an exclusive collection of Parc Chic wines and specialty Pacific-fusion canapés.
Additionally, there is a daily drawing for a lucky guest to win one of the following cool prizes from Waikiki Parc:
Thursday: Hans Hedemann Stand-Up Paddleboard Lessons for Two– Waikiki Parc is pleased to partner with world-renowned Hans Hedemann Surf School.
Summer Parc Perks Policy & Eligibility:
|Quench 2 for 1 promotion|
June 1, 2012 - Waikiki Parc Hotel's new, ultra-refined poolside bar service Quench at Parc Blue offers a two for one promotion!
Quench is open daily from 3 – 6 p.m. at the hotel's urban chic rooftop pool, offering stunning views of the beach and city skyline.
|Waikiki Parc names new General Manager|
June 1, 2012 - Halekulani Corporation, which owns and manages Waikiki Parc Hotel, has named Julie Arigo as General Manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel. Ms. Arigo’s tenure includes 18 years of service to Waikiki Parc Hotel, most recently as its Hotel Manager. Her expansive managerial experience in the industry, working for Sheraton and Westin hotels, and more specifically at the Waikiki Parc has fully prepared Ms. Arigo for her new role.
Ms. Arigo is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Business Administration with an emphasis in Travel Industry Management. She is active in the industry and dedicates her time to community involvement.
Ms. Arigo is the current Vice Chairperson of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and presides on the board of Soroptimist International, as its President as well as serving on the board of the Organization of Women Leaders.
QUENCH your thirst at Parc Blue
May 16, 2012 - Waikiki Parc Hotel, a chic urban hotel in the heart of Waikiki, extends its ultra-refined service by adding a new poolside bar service, Quench at Parc Blue. The service starts May 16, 2012 at the hotel’s urban-chic roof-top pool, offering stunning views of the beach and city skyline.
|May Day Provides Theme for Parc Chic Wine Mixer|
April 24, 2012 - May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! That's what many elementary school children are taught to sing at school performances on or around May first every year - and this year, we hope our guests will be singing the praises of not only this popular bit of local culture, but also of the complimentary Parc Chic Wine Mixer.
"Lei Day" has been a Hawaiian custom since the 1920s to celebrate the native Hawaiian culture. Guests can celebrate May Day at Waikiki Parc's pool deck, Parc Blue, on May 4 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.!
Only for in-room registered guests, we serve local favorite appetizers or pupus along with a Hawaiian-themed cocktail, in addition to our exclusive Parc Chic designer wines.
We also have a hula performance scheduled to start at 6 p.m. It will give guests a true taste of Hawaii!
|Tasmanian radio personalities broadcast live from the Parc all week|
March 29, 2012 - Today finishes a week long radio broadcast for two sister radio stations from Tasmania, Australia, who called the Waikiki Parc their temporary studio for the past five days.
Tim & Josh of chilli FM, and Johno & Jane of 7HO fm, were visiting Oahu and staying at Waikiki Parc. Tim & Josh were live on air from our lobby, while Johno & Jane were live from Parc Blue on the eighth floor.
Culminating the week-long broadcast, the stations gave away a trip to Hawaii to some lucky Tasmanian listeners. The airfare is courtesy RACT Travelworld, and while here, Waikiki Parc will be their home base.
|Gayot.com's 2012 ratings|
March 29, 2012 - Gayot.com just announced its 2012 recommendations for hotels and restaurants, and we're in it! Waikiki Parc Hotel is listed as one of the Top 10 Hawaii Hip Hotels, while our restaurant Nobu Waikiki ranks in the Top 10 Hawaii Food Rating Restaurants.
In related news, congratulations to our sister hotel, Halekulani which also got a nod for:
|Nobu Waikiki's dessert menu receives accolades|
March 2012– This month's issue of Honolulu Magazine features the Best of Honolulu list. Nobu Waikiki is selected as a Staff Favorite by food editor Martha Cheng, who likes the dessert menu. Thanks, Martha! That's a sweet compliment!
|Eat, Drink, Love wine mixer|
2/7/12 –This Valentine's Day, Waikiki Parc guests can drop by a chic wine mixer at Parc Blue for a holiday themed complimentary event, Eat, Drink, Love.
Open to registered in-room guests, this February 14th mixer will feature Shrimp Cocktail, and a Cheese & Fruit Platter with Champagne and Strawberries.
It’s a great opportunity to meet the hotel manager, Julie Arigo, and to mingle with the other guests.
Valentine’s Day- Tuesday, 14 February 2012
|Parc Chic Wine Mixer 2012 Holiday Schedule|
1/12/12 – Registered in-room guests can celebrate the holidays at Waikiki Parc's pool deck, Parc Blue. It’s a great opportunity to meet the hotel manager, Julie Arigo, and to mingle with the other guests.
The complete list of 2012 mixers are as follows:
Valentine’s Day- Tuesday, 14 February 2012:
|Holiday Wine Mixer at Parc Blue|
12/23/2011 – Registered in room guests can celebrate the holidays at Waikiki Parc's pool deck, Parc Blue, on Friday December 23, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.!
This complimentary wine mixer will feature shrimp cocktail, crudite, bite-sized pumpkin spice pies, and mini holiday-themed cupcakes. Champagne and sparkling cider complement the menu. It’s a great opportunity to meet the hotel manager, Julie Arigo, and to mingle with the other guests. See you there!
|“Parc Access” amenity provides entry to rare Chinese art exhibit|
11/3/11 – Waikiki Parc Hotel, Hawaii’s chicest address in the heart of Waikiki, and home of Nobu Waikiki, provides exclusively for hotel guests our exclusive Parc Access amenity program, which allows guests complimentary VIP access to Oahu’s hottest arts, cultural and entertainment destinations, including Bishop Museum, The Contemporary Museum, and The Honolulu Academy of Arts, simply by presenting your room key.
The exhibition, “Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City,” reveals a painting revolution that happened in China during the 13th and 14th centuries, and forever changed the course of the arts. Some of the works have never before been allowed to travel outside China, and are not regularly displayed in the Palace Museum.
|Nobu Waikiki in 2011-2012 Star-Advertiser Best Restaurant guide|
10/14/11 – Congratulations to Nobu Waikiki, which the Honolulu Star-Advertiser included in its 2011-2012 Guide to Oahu's Top Restaurants. The critics refer to the restaurant in the lobby of Waikiki Parc as a "pricey, sleek cocktail lounge, sushi bar, and sit-down restaurant." Reservations at (808) 237-6999. Come see what the buzz is about!
|A Cool Christmas at the Parc|
9/20/11 – Enjoy the chicest 12 days of Christmas when you stay at Waikiki Parc this holiday season. We have daily festivities from December 14 - 25 that include special holiday drinks, spa discounts, giveaways and more!
Wednesday, 12.14 Dive-in Movie Theatre at Parc Blue. Enjoy a poolside holiday movie under Hawaiian stars and the glow of Waikiki’s metropolitan skyline. Chic chaise lounges, holiday cocktails and goodies available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12.15 Ask for the special holiday cocktail, Cranberry Spice, available in the Lounge at Nobu Waikiki.
Friday, 12.16 Celebrate your Waikiki Winter with our sunset wine mixer, Cityscape, and toast to the season with our playful Parc Chic Wines. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12.17 Try your hand at Hawaii’s most popular ocean activity, SURFING! Complimentary two-hour surf lessons provided by Hans Hedemann’s Surf School on Waikiki Beach’s favorite surf spot. Must be 14 years or older, reservations required at the Concierge desk. Space limited to 8 guests per group surf lesson, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sunday, 12.18 Have some fun in the sun while getting in a good core workout! Join us for STAND-UP PADDLING! Complimentary two-hour stand-up paddle lessons by Hans Hedemann’s Surf School on Waikiki Beach. Must be 14 years or older, reservations are required at the Concierge desk. Space limited to 8 guests per group lesson, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Monday, 12.19 “Shop Till You Drop” with Parc Access at Oahu’s Ala Moana Shopping Center, a premier international shopping destination with over 290 shops and restaurants. Your Ala Moana Premier Passport gives you value added Parc perks at selected stores.
Tuesday, 12.20 Receive a Parc Polish at SpaHalekulani. Just steps away from the hotel, enjoy a luxurious manicure or pedicure at a special Parc rate. Aromatic manicure - $38 (reg $45), pedicure - $55 (reg $65) or deluxe combination for $90 (reg $110). Press the SpaHalekulani icon on your room phone for an appointment.
Wednesday, 12.21 Dive-in Movie Theatre at Parc Blue. Enjoy a poolside holiday movie under Hawaiian stars and the glow of Waikiki’s metropolitan skyline. Chic chaise lounges, holiday cocktails and goodies available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12.22 Ask for the special holiday cocktail, Winter Mojito, available in the Lounge at Nobu Waikiki.
Friday, 12.23 Celebrate your Waikiki Winter with our sunset wine mixer, Cityscape, and toast to the season with our playful Parc Chic Wines. Join us and you may be the lucky winner of our door prizes! 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12.24 Sweet Dreams~ enjoy bedside treats compliments of your Parc Pals.
Sunday, 12.25 On Christmas Day, you could be the lucky winner of our Grand Prize Waikiki Escape Package. Available January 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013 (subject to availability and blackout dates.)
Holiday Reminder: Nobu Waikiki is OPEN on Christmas Day!For more information on Waikiki Parc or to book a stay, please contact: (800) 422-0450.
8/25/11 – Stand up paddle surfing is the hottest beach trend in recent years, and it's come to Waikiki Parc Hotel. Surf Director Hans Hedemann added stand up paddling lessons to the menu of guest activities this summer, in reaction to high demand.
Not sure if you'll like it? Hans' staff offers free beachside demos daily at 9:30 a.m. at Grey's Beach. That's across the street in front of our sister hotel, Halekulani.
After hearing an explanation on the sand, guests are encouraged to take the board a few feet out, into the shallows, to jump on and try it out. No other beach demo is as interactive, allowing people to get in the water.
Still want to hang ten? You can book a lesson a quarter mile offshore at surf breaks like Pops, Paradise, Threes, and Fours.
|Independence Day wine mixer at Parc Blue|
6/23/2011 – Guests can celebrate the Fourth of July at Waikiki Parc's pool deck, Parc Blue, on Monday, July 4, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.! Independence Day is a national holiday in the United States.
|Waikiki Parc getting ready for summer|
6/23/2011 - In a little over a week, Waikiki Parc guests will be treated to a revamped summer perks program, offering exclusive guest experiences and daily prizes.
This week, hotel staff readied the final touches on the Summer Perks program, including preparing the menu for the Sunset BBQ, which will be offered three evenings a week at the pool deck.
“It’s our way of thanking guests for choosing to make us a part of their vacation”, said Hotel Manager Julie Arigo. “From poolside movies and wine mixers, to a chance at being the lucky daily drawing winner of several chic items such as free surf lessons and spa treatments, all in-house guests are invited to experience Parc Perks.”
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Sunset BBQ at PARC BLUE - Experience Oahu’s urban-chic rooftop pool while enjoying delicious BBQ of Honolulu’s most popular dishes (daily pricing).
Thursday: Parc Blue Dive-In Movie Theater
Friday: Cityscape Wine Mixer- As the sun sets over Waikiki, the sights and sounds of a revitalized Waikiki awaken. The Waikiki Parc Hotel invites guests to its weekly complimentary Cityscape wine mixer, Fridays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. guests enjoy an exclusive collection of Parc Chic wines and specialty Pacific-fusion canapés.
Additionally, there is a daily drawing for one winner of the following cool prizes:
Tuesday: Hans Hedemann Surf Lessons for Two– Waikiki Parc is pleased to partner with world-renowned Hans Hedemann Surf School to provide guests with personalized surf lessons. Daily beachside demonstrations begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 2-hour surf lesson off Waikiki's hottest surf spots: Pops, Paradise, Threes and Fours.
Wednesday: Happy Hour ‘Aperitivo’ for Two at Nobu Waikiki- available Monday – Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Nobu Waikiki is located in the hotel main lobby.
Thursday: Hans Hedemann Stand-Up Paddleboard Lessons for Two– Waikiki Parc is pleased to partner with world-renowned Hans Hedemann Surf School to provide guests with personalized surf lessons, both in traditional surfing and the trendy stand up paddling. Daily beachside demonstrations begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 2-hour surf lesson off Waikiki's hottest surf spots: Pops, Paradise, Threes and Fours.
Friday: $25 SpaHalekulani Gift Certificate
For details on this program, please visit the Press Release section of our website.
|Hilo fashion tribe sets up shop in Waikiki Parc|
6/1/2011 - A special pop up store this June in the lobby of Waikiki Parc features the work of three well-known local artists: Sig Zane, Nalani Kanaka‘ole and their son Kuha‘o Zane. The exhibit is called “ITO: Travelwrights” and the theme centers around fashion and travel.
From their Hilo home, the elder and junior Zanes design limited-edition Hawaiian prints, and Kanaka co-heads hula troupe Halau O Kekuhi. Their work involves a lot of travel, so they decided to create a line of accessories that includes comfortable clothing, totes, bags, and cases for electronic gadgets, all featuring Hawaiian design elements.
The store is the idea of arts group Interisland Terminal, which invited Sig Zane and family to show on Oahu. Interisland Terminal was founded in January 2009 with the goal of promoting art in Hawaii.
June 4: Nalani Kanaka‘ole’s installation and talk-story, 5 to 7 p.m. Free.
June 5: “Piano & Bubbles,” 4 to 6 p.m. Champagne served during an insider’s look at the exhibition and limited-edition Travelwrights product line; $20 suggested donation.
June 7: “Citizens of the Window Seat,” unveiling of Sig Zane’s new artwork and talk-story, 6 to 8 p.m. at Halekulani’s Hau Terrace. Free.
June 10: Kuha‘o Zane’s installation and talk-story, 6 to 8 p.m. Free.
Waikiki Parc participates in record-breaking success of 2011 Charity Walk
5/24/11- Dozens of Waikiki Parc employees, along with dozens more colleagues from sister property Halekulani, and parent company Halekulani Corporation, showed up before dawn to help make 2011’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk a smashing success. The Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association's (HHLA) annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record $1.16 million over the month-long, statewide event.
The Parc teamed up with Halekulani to man one booth in front of Halekulani. Staffers, led by Halekulani Charity Walk Planning Committee Chair Russell Ikeda and Waikiki Parc Charity Walk Planning Committee Chair Brad Odo, handed out muffins, bananas, oranges, and cool drinks to walkers. Other hotel employees clapped and cheered to encourage tired walkers, as this was one of the last checkpoints on the six mile route.
The hotels did something unique and attention-grabbing this year, as well. To generate support within the organization, Odo asked all departments to design a slipper to reflect the Walk’s theme of “Put Your Best Slippah Forward.” The 2 foot wooden molds were cut but Halekulani Chief Engineer Pat Silva. The winning department received ice cream! The fancy “footwear” was on display the day of the walk, as well, and became a much-photographed highlight of the walk.
Nobu Waikiki+ Halekulani+ Halekulani Corporation donations to Japan total $40,000
5/3/2011 - Nobu Waikiki, located here in Waikiki Parc, participated in a fundraiser in April to raise money for Japan. The event, “FOR JAPAN – Culinary Artists for the Japan Relief Effort,” attracted more than 200 guests on April 21, 2011 and raised more than $28,000 for the tsunami victims in Japan. Nobu had partnered with Halekulani on this event.
Additionally, employees of Waikiki Parc, Halekulani, and Halekulani Corporation donated to the cause. In all, the donation to Japan totaled $40,000.
May Day mixer a success
5/2/2011 - Thunderstorms couldn’t dampen the spirits of nearly 200 Waikiki Parc guests who mixed and mingled at a themed wine mixer on Monday night in celebration of May Day.
May Day, which celebrates the first of May, is a significant occasion in Hawaii. Since the 1920s, locals have generally acknowledged the day by giving lei and fresh flowers.
The wine mixer, exclusive to hotel guests, included authentic Hawaiian food: pulled pork sandwiches, haupia (coconut pudding squares), poke (seasoned raw tuna), and designer Parc Chic wine, plus mai tais! Women received beautiful flowers, and guests enjoyed live hula performances.
The party started promptly at 5:30 at Parc Blue (the pool deck), but heavy rains forced the production to move downstairs to the lobby after 15 minutes. “The night went unbelievably well. Our visitors are obviously very interested in Hawaiian culture, and the hula was a big draw. They also like our unique appetizers. We’re thrilled to provide our guests a little glimpse into the local customs and are looking forward to providing more themed events,” said hotel manager Julie Arigo.
Hula teacher Malia Petersen provided two dancers, Jordyn and Matthew, who swayed to five songs and passed out plumeria flower clips to women in between dance sets. Five lucky guests found themselves up on “stage” getting an impromptu hula lesson as well!
The Parc has always created themed wine mixers around major holidays, but this is the first year it is celebrating smaller occasions. “We enjoy facilitating a cultural exchange with these holiday events. May Day is a very popular occasion in Hawaii and we had a lot of guests from the continental US and Australia say they learned more about an important aspect of the local culture. Conversely, Independence Day is a US celebration, and it’ll be a chance for our Asia guests to learn more about this very American custom,” said Brad Odo, food and beverage manager.
Next up, Fourth of July. If you want to take part in our beer and BBQ mixer, book a room and be invited to this exclusive guest-only experience.
Nobu Waikiki participates in fundraiser for Japan
4/21/2011 - Nobu Waikiki, located here in Waikiki Parc, participated in a fundraiser to raise money for Japan. The event, “FOR JAPAN – Culinary Artists for the Japan Relief Effort,” attracted more than 200 guests on April 21, 2011 and raised more than $28,000 for the tsunami victims in Japan.
Chef Vikram Garg
Chef Yuji Wakiya
Waikiki Parc's May Day Mixer!
3/09/2011 - May Day Mixer
Guests can celebrate May Day at Waikiki Parc's pool deck, Parc Blue, on May 2 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.! This holiday is also known as "Lei Day," and has been a Hawaiian custom since the 1920s to celebrate the native Hawaiian culture.
The Parc is hosting a wine mixer open only to our guests to let them experience a true taste of Hawaii. Authentic Hawaiian food will be served, including delicious pulled pork sandwiches, haupia (young coconut pudding squares), poke (seasoned raw tuna), and Parc wine plus mai tais! Women will receive beautiful flowers, and guests will enjoy live hula performances. Book a room quickly to savor this wonderful Hawaiian tradition!
Parc-sponsored swimmer Penny Palfrey swims three Hawaiian Island channels in 2 weeks!
3/19/2011 - She said she was going to do it, and she did. Marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey came to Hawaii in March with the intent to swim three Hawaiian channels in three weeks. She did better than that: she swam three channels in two weeks. Not only that, but she encountered tsunami surges, jellyfish stings, and marine mammal visits along the way.
Husband Chris Palfrey, also a distance swimmer, recapped, "On March 18, Penny, Forrest Nelson (a very good friend from Los Angeles) and I swam the Kaulakahi Channel from Kauai to Niihau, a distance of 17.4 nautical miles (approximately 30 km). The closest point to point course is 14.6 nm, but is it not possible to either start from or finish at, either of these two points.
The crew woke up at 3 a.m. to drive to Port Allen, Kauai, where they boarded Captain Don Jones' boat. "Don had assembled an excellent crew to help out. His deckhand, Calvin, we had met before. Josh, the kayaker, was full of excitement and really looking forward to the paddle. And Sean, our handler, was a fantastic waterman, solid as a rock and great at feeding and attending to our needs, even though he had never been on a channel swim before," said Chris.
The boat pushed off at 7:30 a.m. just east of Pacific Missle Range Facility, making sure to stay far enough away from sensitive military borders. A few dolphins near the boat offered a friendly hint of what was to come. "There was no breeze and only a one metre NW swell, but getting into the beach for a dry land start was tricky as we had to navigate through shallow water with lava rock below, between the waves breaking," said Chris. "After getting out through the break, we met up with the boat and quickly got into a rythym. Forrest and Penny are both faster than I, but we swam side by side at a comfortable pace. It took almost a half hour for the visibility to improve, but when it did, the shafts of sunlight going down into the deep blue were amazing. Visibility was over 30 metres (100 feet)."
Previous swimmers had seen several sharks, and the boat captain refers to this channel as the "sharkiest" channel in Hawaii. Would this happen to the Palfreys? Six and a half hours into the swim, four dolphins came within five meters to look at the show. "They were magnificent to watch: Streamlined, moving effortlessly and obviously inquisitive about the strange visitors. Whilst this was happening, I could see two white shapes way down deep (maybe 50 metres below us) which I assumed to be more dolphins."
"But then, it started to rise and I could make out the shape of the body. It was a humpback whale (the white things I first saw were its fins) and then a second whale appeared. They could also clearly see us and seemed to be checking us out, either from below or to one side or another, coming in as close as 25 metres. They stayed with us until the next half hourly feed and were simply amazing to watch."
After a time, a few more whales joined, coming so close, the swimmers could see the whales' eyes. In all, the whales hung out for two hours. "These amazing scenes took our minds off what was becoming a fairly brutal swim."
It was a very windy day, with uncomfortable conditions, including a currents flowing from three different directions. "Initially, they carried us from north to south. Then at around the half way point, they switched from south to north. And then, at the end, we got slammed."
"Quite a few people were on the beach watching us. But since Niihau is called the Forbidden Island, we suspect they may not have been there to offer a friendly welcome," wondered Chris. Swim time is around nine hours, coming into the (legal) high water mark on Niihau at 5:48 p.m. This was slower than they wanted, but with the high winds and huge waves, they were happy to even finish.
Penny Palfrey during the swim
Penny Palfrey Braves Tsunami to Swim Kaiwi Channel
3/11/2011 - Moloka'i to Oahu swim is on
At 4 am Hawaii time, the crew for Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey confirmed via phone that they would be attempting Swim #2 today, on schedule.
"Weather and water conditions are optimal," said swim advisor Steve Munatones. "There is no wind, which was a concern as we were watching the weather forecast. When the harbor master opens the harbor, we will be starting the swim."
State authorities evacuated all coastal areas throughout the state of Hawaii after a massive earthquake in Japan triggered a Friday night tsunami warning in Hawaii, as well as in other US states and nearly two dozen countries around the world. At 7:30 am Friday, all islands were downgraded to a tsunami advisory.
The crew had flown from Waikiki Parc Hotel on Thursday and checked in at Hotel Moloka'i. They had hoped to depart at 2:30 am Friday morning for a 5 am start from La'au Point on the western point of Moloka'i.
Munatones explained that the start time would be pushed down a few hours - based on the harbor master's opening of the harbor - but would still commence today. Projections for a finish time were 12-18 hours.
Successful completion of this swim puts her a third of her way to reaching her latest swimming goals. The Kaiwi Channel, a well-known waterway for paddlers and the hardiest of swimmers, spans 26 miles between Oahu and Moloka'i.
Parc-sponsored Penny Palfrey Swims Hawaiian Island Channels!
3/09/2011 - A New Way of Visiting the Hawaiian Islands
Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey is a third of her way to reaching her latest swimming goals. On Friday, she'll attempt another leg of a three-part effort to swim three Hawaiian Island channels. The former Olympic-hopeful and 48-year-old grandmother will start from La'au Point on Molokai before dark on the morning of March 11.
The timing on these kinds of swims has to be fluid (no pun intended) even down to the last minute, so she can’t be more specific. She will swim solo, 26 miles to Oahu and end up on Oahu’s Sandy Beach some 12 or more hours later.
Over the weekend on Saturday March 5, she and husband Chris swam the Alalakeiki Channel (Kaho’olawe to Maui- 7 miles/ 11.5 km), logging times just over five hours each. “Starting from Ule Point on the northeast side of Kaho'olawe, we were greeted by schools of pelagic fish next to a sheer 200 foot wall drop off, making for a spectacular start with a back drop of the massive rugged cliffs of Kaho'olawe. Conditions were calm at the start, with surprisingly warm 25 Celsius degree water - ideal for swimming,” said Chris Palfrey.
On Penny’s last Hawaiian swim in fall 2010, Portuguese man-of-war were a problem. This time it was jellyfish, and the two said they were regularly stung throughout the swim.
“Despite relatively calm conditions, there was a very strong cross current which quickly carried us south, forcing us to battle uphill for the last half of the swim, with our pace slowing to a slow crawl. Finishing times were 5:07 for Penny and 5:09 for Chris. We finished on soft beautiful sand at Makena Beach, South Maui,” Chris summed up.
“If I am feeling good after this swim, with no injuries, shoulder soreness, etcetera, I plan to swim the Kaluakahi Channel (Kaua’i to Ni’ihau- 17 miles)along with Chris,” said Penny. The Kaluakahi Channel is swim #3 for Penny. All told, the three channels total 50 miles.
Six people have done the crossing before then; four men and two women. The Palfreys are the first couple, and it's the fourth channel they have swum together.
As world-class level marathon swimming goes, this is an unusual duo. "Currently, we are the first (and only) married couple to have swum the following major USA swims: Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (NY), which we have each done on three occasions; Catalina Channel (CA); and Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (FL). We are also the first and only married couple to have swum the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain to Morrocco), which we have done on two occasions. We are one of only two couples (but not the first) to have swum the Au’au channel."
Penny and/or Chris' Hawaiian swims this March:
-Kaiwi Channel (Molokai to Oahu- 26 miles) (Penny solo)
-Kaluakahi Channel (Kauai to Niihau- 17 miles) (Chris - and Penny?)
-Alalakeiki Channel (Maui to Kaho’olawe- 7 miles) (Chris - and Penny?)
Some come to Hawaii to enjoy the warm ocean, but the Palfreys sure take it to a new level!
Waikiki Parc's Holiday Mixers!
3/09/2011 - A New Parc Tradition!
Waikiki Parc is now giving guests this amazing opportunity to celebrate the upcoming holidays together. They will start hosting wine mixers for every special occasion, such as Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Last Valentine’s Day, they observed this wonderful occasion of love with a wonderful assortment of chocolates in their very own Chocolate Buffet. Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset with the Parc’s chic wines and loved ones. There were even couples who won the Parc’s Grand Prizes of a $200 Nobu Waikiki dining experience and a SpaHalekulani couple’s massage. Come book a room so you can experience the Parc’s unique holiday wine mixers!
Waikiki Parc's Valentine Winemixer
2/14/2011 - Celebrating Valentine's Day Parc-Style
Valentine’s Day chocolate buffet – big hit with Parc guests!
Third time a charm for Australian marathon swimmer?
11/09/2010 - Attempt to cross the Oahu/Kauai Channel
Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey isn't going to let stinging sea creatures float between her and history. Although she did not complete her second attempt to swim from Oahu to Kauai, she hasn't ruled out a third try.
It's a feat no other swimmer has ever achieved. It was tried by one other person, in the 1970s; also to no success. Palfrey's previous effort was in March of this year, and also met the same conclusion: it was prematurely ended by a swarm of Portuguese man-of war.
Symbiotic Environments: Parc-sponsored visiting artist
11/08/2010 - Partnered with University of Hawaii, College of Arts & Humanities; the Parc co-sponsors sustainability initiative
Who is JOB?: Honolulu premiere for famed Hawaii surfer
10/23/2010 - Partnered with Red Bull; the Parc throws a pool deck party for world-renowned surfer
The Framed Guests: Parc-sponsored visiting artist
10/10/2010 - Partnered with University of Hawaii, College of Arts & Humanities; the Parc continues to foster "artful" relationships
Reed Space HNL: Waikiki's first cool "pop-up"
7/2010 - Partnered with Interisland Terminal; an “ARTCENTRIC” non-profit arts organization.
Internationally renowned designer, Jeff “jeffstaple” Ng of Reed Space NYC and Staple Design was the curator for a selection of cutting edge titles for the bookstore that “popped up” in our Waikiki Parc property. Over 400 guests attended the preview event and Jeff’s workshop lecture with food by Nobu Waikiki and drinks by Tuaca. The entire event was able to raise substantial funds for Interisland Terminal.”
Summer Lovin' 2010: Largest singles event in the city
6/18/2010 - Partnered with Chicago Magazine; Parc featured as the “Grand Raffle Prize”.
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