RELEASE NUMBER 82/15
WAIKIKI, OAHU, HAWAII – Travelers seeking a refreshed vacation experience will feel right at home in the newly renovated accommodations at Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk. Designed to capture Hawaii’s unique sense of place, designer Jan Yamamoto of JNY Design took a cue from kapa, a traditional Hawaiian fabric stamped with intricate geometric prints. The refreshed look creates a rich ambiance, mixing island chic with pops of color that can be seen in the new bedding, artwork, drapery and more.
“Inspired by our location in beautiful Waikiki, our goal was to bring Hawaii’s unique history and sense of place into each suite by focusing on Hawaiian kapa,” said Bob Yeoman, general manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk. “In ancient times, the process of making kapa was one that welcomed the whole family or ‘ohana,’ and we thought this theme would tie in perfectly with the exceptional hospitality we pride ourselves on.”
Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk’s refreshed interiors were designed to pay homage to the Native Hawaiian art of kapa. Kapa is a cloth made out of the fine white layer of the mulberry (wauke) bark cloth, and in ancient times, was used primarily for clothing for men and women, while also having reserved purposes for the alii, or Native Hawaiian royalty. The process of making kapa was tedious and all members of the family were needed – men and sons cultivated the mulberry plant, children tended the groves and gathered materials for dyes and pattern-making tools, and mothers and grandmothers selected the patterns and fashioned the finished cloth into bed covers, blankets and clothing. Over the past 30-plus years, there has been a positive revival of Native Hawaiians wanting to perpetuate the ancient ways, including kapa craftsmanship.
“Since kapa patterns were sometimes used to identify family heritage, we came up with an idea for the Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk ohana to create its own custom kapa pattern,” said Yamamoto. “The unique pattern can be seen in the new bed scarves, carpet and custom upholstery fabric and the new color scheme was also based on historic dye colors used in Hawaiian kapa. We hope guests will enjoy the new suites as much as we enjoyed designing them.”
In addition to enjoying the kapa-inspired accommodations, guests at Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk can take advantage of the resort’s ideal location – set in the heart of the shopping and entertainment hub of Waikiki Beach Walk® and just steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach – plus signature complimentary services and amenities, and all with no resort fees. Guests enjoy a daily complimentary Full, Made-to-Order breakfast featuring a wide array of offerings including an extensive omelet station, as well as a nightly Evening Poolside Reception featuring complimentary tropical drinks, snacks, and live entertainment. Fitness fanatics can strike a pose at the resort’s free yoga classes, offered three times per week on the open-air Grand Lanai, or hit the gym at the resort’s refreshed fitness center, open 24/7. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and an upgraded business center are also available 24-hours daily for guests who want to stay connected.
All of Embassy Suites by Hilton-Waikiki Beach Walk’s renovated units feature plenty of room for relaxation inside spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, plus “the door” — a delightful barrier separating the private bedroom from the living room for quiet time when needed. With a sleeper sofa and mini-kitchen, guests have all of the comforts of home to enjoy a restful escape.