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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa boasts superb world-class shopping, over three levels of unique one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores encircling the open-air Atrium.

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Brief History of Pualeilani

Queen Lili’uokalani (Hawaii’s last reigning monarch) had her beach home here “Pualeilani” or “Heavenly Flower Lei” or “Flower from Wreath of Heaven”. Upon Queen Lili’uokalani’s death in 1918, she left this property to Prince Jonah Kuhio. Prince Kuhio built his new Pualeilani home here which faced Waikiki Road and was adjacent to Queen Lili’uokalani’s pier which jutted out into the waters of Waikiki. Prince Jonah Kuhio and his wife, Princess Elizabeth Kahanu lived at Pualeilani until his passing in 1922.

In 1918, Prince Kuhio opened the beach of his property to the public and it was renamed in his honor to “Prince Kuhio Beach Park”. It was not much of a beach until 1951 when the Waikiki Beach Improvement Project brought sand from other parts of Oahu.

Queen Lili’uokalani owned the Hamohamo estate which was a large section of land that stretched from the shoreline to what is known today as the Ala Wai Canal. Within this large section of land, there were three large estates – “Uluniu”, “Ainahau” and “Pualeilani”. Pualeilani was named for the abundant flowers and foliage that thrived on the beachfront estate.

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is the current “home” that resides on the beautiful Pualeilani Estate.