Jean-Pierre Cercillieux

February 7, 2013 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Executive Vice President and General Manager
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel


Waikiki is a fascinating place! I am captivated by the concentration of businesses and buildings that could be compared with a mainland city, but on an inviting white sandy beach. Waikiki is one of the most diverse places on earth, where you can surf, shop and dine all within a square block. It’s really hard to get bored with this city, with so many unique activities to choose from.

Previously living in Japan and now calling Honolulu my home, I feel truly blessed to work at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. Just a pleasant 15-minute stroll from Waikiki’s bustling marketplace stands a quiet, boutique beachfront property. Locals gravitate to Kaimana Beach where the sun-seekers and beachgoers play along “Diamond Head’s Gold Coast.” I recommend planning a day to take a walk down Kalakaua Avenue (east bound) and visit the Waikiki Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo. Another adventure is to hike up Diamond Head Crater, then head over to the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch. Diners sit alfresco beneath ancient hau trees, with their twisted trunks, leafy canopies and serene Sans Souci beach.

Kapi‘olani Park is the largest city park on the island of O‘ahu and is also located on this southeast end of Waikiki. Every weekend brings an exciting array of multicultural activities.

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is also home to Miyako, one of Honolulu’s best-kept dining secrets. Here you’ll enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine, including traditional kaiseki dinners made one order at a time from the freshest ingredients. Waikiki is known for having incredible nightlife, so come early to enjoy one of the best sunset dinners before heading back out. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful place and I extend a warm aloha to you, wishing you a memorable and magical stay.

Mahalo Nui Loa