Ka La’i Waikiki Beach (LXR Hotel) Takes Over Trump Waikiki, Renovation Planned

Ka La'i Waikiki Beach (LXR Hotel) Takes Over Trump Waikiki


Ka La'i Waikiki Beach, part of Hilton's LXR Hotels & Resorts, has taken over the former Trump Waikiki Hotel effective February 7, 2024. The name, “Ka La'i” means “the limit.” Previously, it was planned to rename the hotel “Wākea,” based on the Hawaiian story of Wākea, the Sky Father. In Hawaiian mythology, Wākea and Papahānaumoku, the Earth Mother, jointly created the Hawaiian Islands. 

Ka La'i Waikiki Beach (LXR Hotel) Takes Over Trump Waikiki


For our family clients who take longer vacations in Waikiki, the Trump Waikiki has been a favorite property, thanks to its suite residences that include full kitchens, washer and dryer. Originally opened in 2009, it's one of the larger hotels, with 462 rooms and suites.

As part of becoming an LXR resort, the hotel will undergo a custom design renovation by the internationally acclaimed BOS Studio, whose work includes projects for The Connaught, Claridge's and The Berkeley Hotel in London. The renovation will start in early 2025 and is slated to take place over several months. Work will be phased to minimize disruption to daily operations and will encompass upgrades to guest rooms and suites, public areas, including lobbies, pool areas, spa, fitness center, residence corridors, landscaping, and restaurants. Since renovations can be disruptive, we recommend postponing a stay until most of the renovations are complete.

Ka La'i Waikiki Beach (LXR Hotel) Takes Over Trump Waikiki Ground Floor
In-Yo Cafe Restaurant, Ka La'i Waikiki Beach (LXR Hotel)


As an LXR hotel, TravelSort Clients are able to reserve with Hilton Impresario benefits, including:

  • Daily breakfast for two guests per room, served through in-room dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at check-in
  • Double Hilton HHonors points for the stay
  • $100 equivalent hotel credit once during the stay

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