Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort reopens after $80 million renovation


After an $80 million renovation, the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort reopened on April 26 with a reopening that included a traditional Hawaiian blessing and dedication ceremony.

Renovations were done property-wide and included updates to the resort’s guest rooms and indoor and outdoor public spaces.

The resort’s renovated restaurant, Kani Ka Pila Grille, which means “let’s play music” in Hawaiian, will feature live music, storytelling sessions and more along with delicious Hawaiian dishes. The stage, dedicated to award-winning slack-key guitarist Cyril Pahinui, welcomed its first post-renovation performer during the opening ceremony.

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Ocean Tower Ocean View Room. (photo via Outrigger Hospitality Group)

The reopening celebration welcomed 500 VIP guests to the resort, including government officials, executives, partners, musicians and more. Kumu Blaine Kia led the station’s Hawaiian blessing. The event donated $5,000 to support local nonprofits through the Outrigger CARES Foundation.

“It is with great pride that we welcome friends old and new to celebrate our reimagined Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort,” said Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger.

“Through this extensive transformation, our goal was to ensure that it was a place where locals and visitors alike could come and enjoy Waikiki as it should be – where Hawaiian music lifts our spirits, where local foods nourish our body and local culture enriches our spirits.”

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The newly renovated lobby of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. (photo via Outrigger Hospitality Group)

Jeff Wagoner also announced that Outrigger will spend $300 million to renovate its other Hawaiian properties.

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