Stay Local and Save with Kama’aina Deals

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has battered our local economy. The travel industry has been particularly hard hit by, not only by travel restrictions but the global economic fallout as well. And even though Hawaii hotels began reopening in the latter half of 2020, they’re all still struggling. As a result, to give my travel itch a little scratch, to help support our local travel industry, and to take advantage of some awesome kama’aina deals, I’ve been doing staycations here and there. And if you want to take advantage of these deals too, here’s what you need to know.

Kama’aina Deals

As a Marriott Bonvoy elite member, I typically stay with them. But, here are all of the kama’aina rates I’m aware of:

Oahu

Stay Local and Save with Kama'aina Deals
The Laylow
  • Alohilani Resort: rates from $189 per night inclusive of self-parking, resort fee, early 11:00 am check-in, and 3 :00 pm late check-out. The resort will also award you 500 to 1,000 HawaiianMiles and will donate $10 per night stayed to a local charity. To book this offer, visit Alohilani’s kama’aina page.
  • Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki: rates from $72 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aqua Palms Waikiki: rates from $93 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aqua Skyline at Island Colony: rates from $99 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at the Executive Center: rates from $171 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at the Waikiki Banyan: rates from $144 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Waikiki Beach Tower: rates from $499 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Waikiki Circle: rates from $126 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Waikiki Sunset: rates from $162 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: kama’aina save 50% on Sunday – Thursday nights and 30% on Friday – Saturday nights. Discounts valid for stays from January 4 to March 11, 2021. Reservations must be booked by March 9 and stays must be completed by March 12. Not valid on 3-bedroom villas. Visit Aulani’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Courtyard Oahu North Shore: rates from $195 per night. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Courtyard Waikiki Beach: rates from $103 per night includes a 50% discount on valet parking. A refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk: rates from $238 per night includes daily hot breakfast, 4 pm late check out, waived resort fees, 50% off parking now $20/night, and free upgrades based on availability. Visit their dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Ewa Waikiki Hotel: rates from $81 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village: rates from $164 per night with complimentary parking and no resort fee. Visit their dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Hilton Waikiki Beach: rates from $99 per night with $35/night valet parking. A resort fee of $30 per night will be assessed. Visit their dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach: enjoy up to 20% off the prevailing standard rate, $20 per night parking, waived resort fees, 10% off at The Market and The Bar, and availability-based 11 am early check-in and 2:00 pm late check-out. Visit hyatt.com and use promo code KAMAA to book this offer.
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort: rates from $279 per night inclusive of valet parking, resort fee, and use of CHI Fitness Center. Visit their dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • The Laylow, Autograph Collection: from $189 per night including complimentary parking and waived resort fees. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Luana Waikiki Hotel: rates from $114 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club: rates from $269 per night. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa: rates from $239 per night inclusive of self-parking and availability-based 10 am early check-in and 4 pm late check-out. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Modern Honolulu: rates from $193 per night. Note: this rate requires a non-refundable 100% prepayment, so be absolutely sure of your stay before you book. Please visit their kama’aina page to book.
  • OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger: rates from $119 per night inclusive of a 50% parking discount and waived resort fee plus HawaiianMiles rewards. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort: rates from $159 per night inclusive of a 50% parking discount and waived resort fee plus HawaiianMiles rewards. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: rates from $179 per night inclusive of a 50% parking discount and waived resort fee plus HawaiianMiles rewards. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Prince Waikiki: rates from $159 per night with a waived resort fee. Offer must be booked by January 25 for stays through December 21, 2021, at Hawaii Prince’s kama’aina page.
  • Residence Inn Oahu Kapolei: rates from $254 per night inclusive of a 50% self-parking discount (now $12.50 per night). Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residence Waikiki Beach: rates from $409 per night inclusive of valet parking, 9 am early check-in and 3 pm late check-out. A two-night minimum applies, and the rate is only available on week nights. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort: rates from $279 per night per night inclusive of self-parking and availability-based 10 am early check-in and 4 pm late check-out. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: from $99 per night inclusive of self-parking and availability-based 10 am early check-in and 4 pm late check-out. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Sheraton Waikiki: from $199 per night inclusive of self-parking and availability-based 10 am early check-in and 4 pm late check-out. Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Surfjack Hotel: rates from $112 per night inclusive of off-site self-parking and amenity fee. This offer is subject to a minimum stay requirement of two nights as well as a one-night refundable deposit. Visit the Surfjack’s kama’aina page to book
  • Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger: rates from $129 per night inclusive of a 50% parking discount and waived resort fee plus HawaiianMiles rewards. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa: rates from $149 per night inclusive of self-parking with a discounted $25 per night resort fee (might be waived). Visit marriott.com and use promo code Z43 to book.
  • Waikiki Malia by Outrigger: rates from $89 per night inclusive of a 50% parking discount and waived resort fee plus HawaiianMiles rewards. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.

Maui

Wailea Beach Resort
  • Aston Mahana at Ka’anapali: rates from $234 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Ka’anapali Shores: rates from $170 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at the Maui Banyan: rates from $132 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Maui Hill: rates from $280 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at Papakea Resort: rates from $170 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Papaki Maui: rates from $132 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at the Whaler Ka’anapali Beach: rates from $238 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport: rates from $284 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Honu Kai Resort & Spa: save up to 20% on the prevailing standard rate. Visit Outrigger’s dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Ka‘anapali Ali’i (Hyatt): save up to 22% on the prevailing standard rate. Book via the hotel’s kama’aina page.
  • Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: rates from $222. Book via the hotel’s kama’aina page.
  • Marriott’s Ocean Club: rates starting at $347 or $359 depending on tower booked. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua: rates from $474 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa: rates from $149 per night inclusive of self-parking and space available early check-in and late check-out. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Wailea Beach Resort: rates from $594 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas: rates starting from $295 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: rates from $279 per night with 10% of the rate you pay going to support Maui High Schools. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Kaanapali: rates from $359 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.

Big Island

Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
  • Aston Kona by the Sea: rates from $243 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Shores at Waikoloa: rates from $216 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas: rates from $225 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel: rates from $159 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Fairmont Orchid Hawaii: rates from $199 inclusive of self-parking plus reduced resort fees of $15 versus $35 per night and 20% off all food & beverage spend. Book via fairmont.com.
  • Grand Naniloa Resort, a DoubleTree by Hilton: rates from $159 per night inclusive of self-parking and resort fees. Book via grandnaniloahilo.com.
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village: rates from $169 per night with complimentary parking and reduced resort fees of $15. Visit their dedicated kama’aina page to book.
  • Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club: rates from $257 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection: rates from $349 per night. A refundable prepayment is required for this reservation. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Mauna Lani, Auberge Resort Collection: from $329 per night. Book via aubergeresorts.com using promo code KAMA2020.
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keahou Bay: rates from $159 per night inclusive of self-parking and discounted resort fees of $20. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Waikoloa Beach Resort & Spa: rates from $199 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort: rates from $214 per night. A refundable prepayment is required for this reservation. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.

Kauai

  • Aston Islander on the Beach: rates from $171 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Aston at Poipu Kai: rates from $180 per night inclusive of amenity fee and space available one room category upgrade at check-in. Visit Aqua-Aston’s kama’aina page to book.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Wailua Bay: rates from $99 per night and are valid through January 31, 2021. Call 808.823.6000 to book this offer.
  • Kauai Marriott Resort: rates from $169 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection: rates from $189 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club: rates from $209 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u: rates from $353 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club: rates from $473 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach: rates from $229 per night inclusive of a complimentary upgrade to an ocean view room and 10% off food. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas: rates from $203 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.
  • The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas: rates from $245 per night. Book on marriott.com using promo code Z43.

COVID Considerations

It’s worth noting that the hotels are making a concerted effort to provide a safe, clean environment for their guests. That said, other guests often don’t abide by the rules. During my most recent stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, other guests often ignored the one family per elevator car rule. And in Waikiki as a whole, I’d say about half the people there weren’t wearing masks, though this greatly depended on what time of day you went out at. So, if you do go, make sure you take the proper precautions.

What’s more, with occupancy rates so low, many hotels have slashed amenities. For example, at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, the spa remains closed, while breakfast service has been limited. At the Waikiki Beach Marriott, with the exception of grab-n-go breakfasts, no on-site dining options are currently open. So, be sure to temper your expectations and plan accordingly.

A Word of Caution to World of Hyatt Members

If you’re a fan of Hyatt, your kama’aina options are a bit limited. The hotels under the Hyatt brand seldom offer kama’aina deals. And, when they do, they often make it difficult to find. That said, if you do snag a kama’aina deal at a Hyatt property, you’ll be giving up your World of Hyatt earnings. Hyatt classifies kama’aina rates as non-commissionable rates and, thus, such stays will not earn points and will not count towards elite status.

Andaz Maui

Not Sure Where to Stay?

If you want to go on a staycation but aren’t sure of where to stay, the best thing to do is to set a budget and let that guide you. With the way rates are these days, you’re bound to find something within your budget that you like. Especially if you stay with the bigger brands such as Marriott and Hilton. That said, you might want to act quickly. Marriott seems to think things will begin getting better around spring break, so their rates shoot straight back up to normal around that time.

Though I’ve stayed at only a small handful of the above hotels, my shortlist of properties I’d recommend, regardless of kama’aina rate availability, include:

  • Alohilani Resort – review
  • Aulani – review
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village – review
  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach – review
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • The Laylow – review
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach – review
  • Surfjack Hotel
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott – review
  • Andaz Maui – review
  • Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport – review
  • The Grand Wailea
  • Sheraton Maui Resort
  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel –review
  • Fairmont Orchid
  • The Grand Naniloa Resort
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Manua Kea Beach Hotel
  • Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts
  • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort – review
  • Koloa Landing Resort

The above hotels are ones that I’ve either stayed at myself and enjoyed or ones I’ve heard great things about. For those I’ve written reviews for, I’ve included a link to help you along with your decision-making process.

Final Thoughts

While a staycation doesn’t replace actual travel, it does break up the modernity of staying at home. I find them to be a nice change of pace and it feels good to give business to an industry that really needs the help.

At any rate, I hope you all find this post useful. Even if you don’t stay now, keep these tips and codes in mind for the future. Oh, and if Marriott’s Z43 code doesn’t return any results, you can try L6C too. Thanks for reading! I hope you all stay safe and healthy.

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