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The Modern Honolulu

Hotel Contact:
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815-2655
United States
Main: (888) 806-3095
Email: Email Hotel Lisa DeCambra
Director of Sales & Marketing: Lisa DeCambra
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 5.0
Chain Independent
Opened 2010
Guest Rooms 353
Kings/Suites/Doubles 233 / 43 / 114
Room Rates High $295 - 995 Low $195 - 495
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
Ideal Group Size 200
Max Group Size 400


Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 9.25%
Sales Tax 4.712%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 9,190ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 16,555ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 18,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Honolulu International Airport
17 min 8 miles (13 km)


Business Center and Staff
Experienced team of service specialists
Smart Boards and Electronic Flip Charts
Complimentary wireless internet access


24-hour Fitness Center
Sunrise Pool
Private Sunset Beach (adults only pool)
24-hour Room Service


Ala Wai Yacht Harbor
Ala Moana Center
Ala Moana Beach Park
Waikiki Beach
Bishop Museum
Hawaii Maritime Center
Honolulu Zoo
Waikiki Aquarium
Pearl Harbor
Diamond Head
Hawaii Convention Center
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Bar at Sunrise Pool
Bar Menu
Bar at Sunset Pool
Bar Menu
Morimoto Waikiki
Japanese Cusine
Night Club
Bar Menu
The Study
Bar Menu

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $32 Cont. $32
Lunch Buffet $50 Plated $75
Dinner Buffet NA Plated $80
Coffee Break $20
2-Hour Open Bar $29
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Ballroom A 270 21.6 x 12.5 6 2,911 71 x 41 18 132 240 240 350 0 60 76 0
Ballroom B 343 21.6 x 15.8 6 3,692 71 x 52 18 216 360 300 450 0 64 84 0
Ballroom C 244 21.6 x 11.3 6 2,627 71 x 37 18 132 210 230 330 0 60 76 0
Studio #1 40 4.9 x 8.2 3 432 16 x 27 10 24 35 25 54 18 0 0 0
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Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Readers' Choice Award
Posted October 22, 2014
#3 Best in Hotels in Hawaii
The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, and Cruise Lines

HONOLULU, HI (Oct. 22, 2014) – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with THE MODERN HONOLULU recognized as #3 in Best Hotels in Hawaii, with a score of 86.570.

“We’re very pleased and honored to be recognized by the Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top hotels in Hawaii,” says Gerald Glennon, managing director at THE MODERN HONOLULU. “This award further acknowledges our team’s commitment to consistently providing an exceptional luxury experience to our guests.”

More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

THE MODERN HONOLULU fuses personalized service, premium amenities and contemporary stylish spaces -- blended with the essence of Aloha -- to create unique guest experiences and memories. Guest rooms and suites at the cosmopolitan chic hotel feature sophisticated décor and sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, marina and city skyline. THE MODERN HONOLULU, an oasis conveniently located on the cusp of bustling Waikiki, offers gourmet pleasures, including the award-winning Morimoto Waikiki, vibrant nightlife, intimate pool settings, exhilarating spa treatments and all that Oahu has to offer – luxury shopping, beaches and nature.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

This year, Condé Nast Traveler introduced two new categories: Hall of Famers, iconic properties that debuted in the first Readers’ Choice Awards; and The Newcomers and The Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 28, 2014. The full list is published exclusively online, at

THE MODERN HONOLULU® introduces cosmopolitan chic for leisure and business pursuits in Hawaii. Deftly combining style and sophistication, every element is original; authentic or custom-designed to enhance the experience. Sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline surround the hotel’s 353 guest rooms and suites. THE MODERN HONOLULU’s progressive luxury is as refined as it is relaxed. The Spa’s exhilarating treatments are developed around the purest and most exclusive products in the world – natural, organic, hand-crafted and sustainable. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto plates international fare at Morimoto Waikiki and Executive Chef Scott Toner delivers organic, local and house-made culinary pleasures for poolside and for in- room dining. Two stylish pools overlook the Pacific for daytime fun while a vibrant scene at Addiction nightclub and The Study lobby bar offer evening rendezvous. Flexible indoor and outdoor banquet and private event facilities include a 9,100-square-foot ballroom, Sun Suite with outdoor open-air terrace, four meeting studios and a pre-function gallery with state-of-the-art audio and visual services. For more information and reservations call 888-970-4161 or visit online.

Forbes Four-Star Announcement
Posted October 15, 2014
THE MODERN HONOLULU named Four-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide in 2015
THE MODERN HONOLULU named Four-Star Hotel; All Winners Showcased on

ATLANTA — (October 15, 2014) — Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its official 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating list, naming THE MODERN HONOLULU as a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. THE MODERN HONOLULU will be showcased with all of the 2015 Star Rating recipients on

THE MODERN HONOLULU is the latest installment to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.

“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as guideposts for consumers seeking exceptional travel experiences, and our primary mission is to serve the consumer,” said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

“This recognition, and becoming the first and only boutique hotel on Oahu to earn four-stars from the Forbes Travel Guide, is a testament to the tremendously dedicated team we have at THE MODERN HONOLULU. Our brand promise is to make the most of every moment our guests spend with us, and our motivated team consistently delivers exceptional experiences and follow through with this commitment,” says Gerald Glennon, managing director at THE MODERN HONOLULU.

THE MODERN HONOLULU fuses personalized service, premium amenities and contemporary stylish spaces -- blended with the essence of Aloha -- to create unique guest experiences and memories. Guest rooms and suites at the cosmopolitan chic hotel feature sophisticated décor and sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, marina and city skyline. THE MODERN HONOLULU, an oasis conveniently located on the cusp of bustling Waikiki, offers gourmet pleasures, including the award-winning Morimoto Waikiki, vibrant nightlife, intimate pool settings, exhilarating spa treatments and all that Oahu has to offer – luxury shopping, beaches and nature.

To celebrate this exciting recognition from Forbes, THE MODERN is offering a “Stay 3, 4th Night Free” package through December 25, 2014. Subject to availability. For more details or to book, visit
For more information on THE MODERN HONOLULU, call 888-970-4161, visit, and follow @modernhonolulu.

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Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. is the exclusive online destination for Forbes Travel Guide’s list of Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners.

The Modern Honolulu Offers Contemporary Meeting Venues For Modern Meetings In Waikiki Honolulu
Posted January 29, 2013
The Modern Honolulu, located at the gateway to Waikiki within walking distance to popular beaches, Ala Moana Shopping Center and fine luxury boutiques, offers a variety of meeting and executive services for corporate, meeting and incentive travelers heading to Hawaii. Fully equipped with conference rooms, an expansive hospitality suite, one of the largest ballrooms in Oahu, onsite business center, custom catering services and several additional premier amenities, The Modern Honolulu has the ability to execute any affair with precision whether a banquet for 800 guests, or an intimate board meeting for 12. In addition, The Modern Honolulu is known for its unique venue options that are beyond the typical four-wall rooms including outdoor spaces such as the Sunset Beach Pool and The Sun Suite and Terrace, as well as its innovative cuisine lead by Executive Chef Scott Toner offering only the freshest menus with all items made in-house. The following spaces are stylish platforms for meetings and grand events.
Studio Boardrooms
The Modern Honolulu offers meeting spaces that exceed the standards of comfort and sophistication for pleasant and productive Honolulu meetings, including but not limited to, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, smart boards, electronic flip charts, and video conferencing facilities that offer multiple options for presentations all in stylish Hawaiian meeting rooms. Conference rooms include four, private studios ranging from 324 -551 square feet.
· Capacity: 18-70 guests
· Sq. Ft.: 324-551

The Sun Suite and Terrace
This separate hospitality suite boasts 1,300 square feet of indoor space and a 1,500-square-foot outdoor terrace for private parties and functions. This private event room radiates with the feel of a luxury residence, showcasing breathtaking sunsets and exquisite design features. Customized Morimoto menus are also available for private parties upon request.
· Capacity: 344 guests
· Sq. Ft.: 1,300-1,500

The Ballroom
The 9,200-square-foot Ballroom is one of the largest and most luxurious event spaces on Oahu. With 19-foot ceilings, a pre-function gallery and decorated in a light color palate that can easily be adapted, The Ballroom is ideal for an array of functions. The Ballroom can be divided into three separate spaces and accommodate up to 800 guests for seated dinners.
· Capacity: 800 guests
· Sq. Ft.: 9,200

The Penthouse
The ultimate posh destination for parties and intimate functions, The Modern Honolulu’s 1,500-square-foot luxury Penthouse also features a beautifully landscaped and furnished 1,400-square-foot terrace provides an indoor/outdoor entertaining space with panoramic ocean views.
· Capacity: 75 guests
· Sq. Ft.: 2,900

Sunrise Pool and Bar
The Sunrise Pool reflects the changing deep hues of the Pacific Ocean and features shallow lounging areas with chaises that appear to be floating on the water. This 16,560-square-foot pool, landscaped areas and flourishing garden create a sense of privacy and escape from the outside world. This is the perfect transitional space for a cocktail hour or an intimate gathering.
· Capacity: 800 guests
· Sq. Ft.: 16,560

Sunset Beach Pool
The Sunset Beach Pool may be booked for exclusive events and private parties. Exotic and secluded, the space is shaded by palm trees, while a sandy area surrounds a shallow circular lagoon, creating an alluring platform for guests to gather and lounge.
· Capacity: 150 guests

ADDICTION, The Study, and Morimoto Waikiki
Three venues to meet, eat, drink and relax at Waikiki’s hippest nightspots. ADDICTION at The Modern has 2,500 square feet for dancing and enjoying signature cocktails. For quiet conversation, The Study features a unique bookcase wall that rotates to expose private gathering spaces and an intimate bar. The Morimoto Waikiki restaurant features the exclusive cuisine of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
· ADDICTION Capacity: 300 guests
· Morimoto Waikiki Capacity: 308 guests
· The Study Capacity: 150 guests

These executive meeting places are far from your conventional business spaces. The Modern Honolulu offers a variety of conference rooms that inspire a professional and unique atmosphere for any occasion. Another distinguishing feature of The Modern Honolulu’s meeting spaces are the outdoor areas, such as the Sunset and Sunrise Pools, that function as a casual meeting place for business ventures. The Modern Honolulu also offers its guests the opportunity to participate in group activities and team building projects such as surfing, stand-up paddle board, scavenger hunts, a cooking challenge and renting a private island for the day. These unique activities allow members to wind-down from long meetings and relax right on the beach.

About The Modern Honolulu
A lifestyle hotel where innovative design meets barefoot luxury, The Modern Honolulu debuted in September 2011 overlooking one of America’s finest beaches on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Modern Honolulu exudes care-free luxury and is brilliantly laid back. The 353-room urban resort is noted for its chic, but not overdone design, friendly service and unparalleled guest experiences in a world-class destination like Waikiki. These include a restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; the local hotspot Addiction nightclub and lobby bar; two unique pools: one with lushly landscaped gardens; and the other with its own lagoon and spectacular views of the Pacific.
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Smart Meetings Hawaii Blog
Posted March 19, 2012
Aloha from the Smart Meeting Hawaii

The Smart Meeting is creating some serious buzz on the Hawaiian islands, receiving amazing press from publications like Pacific Business News. Smart Meetings is honored to be partnering with the Hawaii VCB, our exclusive destination sponsor for all of our events who helped bring our three-day Smart Meeting to Hawaii on March 18.

Corporate planners flew in from across North America to attend this exclusive three-day networking experience to find properties for future meetings. They arrived at the Honolulu International Airport and were greeted by Roberts Hawaii with a warm “Aloha” and seashell leis. The company then escorted the attendees to the baggage claim area, where they received a traditional Hawaiian lei greeting of Tuberos flowers, before heading off to our host hotel, The Modern Honolulu.

The event started off with a welcome reception sponsored by Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in the hotel’s prefunction space. Former Miss Hawaii 2006 Pilialoha Gaison welcomed the attendees as they noshed on bites of canapés, mac-n-cheese fritters with truffle aioli and Dungeness crab cakes. A duo played acoustic music while Gaison hula danced to get everyone in the Hawaiian spirit. The hotel topped the afternoon off with its signature mint lemonade, which refreshed and re-energized the attendees for a fun night ahead.

Smart Meetings CEO and Founder Marin Bright welcomed and thanked The Modern Honolulu and Hawaii VCB for bringing Smart Meetings to the islands. “This is the first time we’ve taken our Smart Meeting business trade show off-shore, and the response from planners about coming to Hawaii has been outstanding,” said Bright. “We think their experience in the islands will have a very meaningful impact for Hawaii as a meetings destination.”

Mike Murray, CMM, CMP, CASE, vice president, sales and marketing for the corporate meetings & incentives sector of the Hawaii VCB, spoke about how excited the VCB was to have Smart Meetings visiting. “This trade-show concept has worked brilliantly in connecting planners with industry suppliers in major markets around the country, and we are very appreciative to Smart Meetings magazine for bringing it to Hawaii for our meeting professionals.”

Then, keynote speaker Dewitt Jones spoke about his exciting career with National Geographic. Jones lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that took him to new heights both in business and in life. He found that the creative tools he employed as a photographer had even deeper application when applied directly to his personal and professional growth. Jones’ photographs and stories encouraged the audience to open their minds and take a look at different possibilities and new opportunities to help them grow in a work environment.

After the inspirational opening session given by Jones, The Modern Honolulu “wowed” us with an amazing champagne toast in the Penthouse Suite. The views were spectacular and showed planners a creative meeting space for a private dinner or VIP party. Next up was the networking dinner at the Sunrise Pool, sponsored by Travel Alberta, and decorated with lounge furniture, linens, beautiful floral centerpieces and pillows that matched Smart Meetings’ purple, green and orange logo colors provided by MC&A, Inc., A Global Events Partner. Entertaining the crowd was the Iona Contemporary Dance Troupe and living fountain. The Iona dancers captured eyes of viewers with their slow movements, reminiscent of a floating lotus.

A special private performance by Taimane Gardner was stunning to watch, with her fast fingers playing the ukulele and her graceful dance moves. She had attendees entranced with her music from the moment she started playing. Gardner brought the first day of the Smart Meeting to a close with a captivating audience wanting more. Thank you to all of our sponsors.

—Michelle Potthoff