Designed from the ground up by famed local architects Rob Iopa and Wayne Goo, Helumoa Playground features 2 fresh water swimming pools, a 15-foot high by 70-foot long water slide, a staging area for outdoor functions, two large whirlpools with sweeping views of Waikiki Beach, an interactive fountain area for kids, fun and creative food and beverages, 10 cabanas, chaise water sunning benches, and a pool hut where guests may borrow towels and purchase pool goods including sun products, inflatable floatation devices and toys. The playground is the perfect spot for family activities such as lei making, water slide races, hula lessons, story telling, and stargazing.
As the legend goes, Helumoa's name was derived from a giant rooster named Ka’auhelemoa, said to have scratched the ground at the feet of King Kakuhiewa in the 16th century. Kakuhiewa, taking this to be a sign from the gods, planted 10,000 coconut trees in honor of this occurrence. Many of these trees’ descendants still survive in modern day Waikiki. Today, breathtaking landscaping, which includes a striking native Hawaiian plant palette, features plumeria trees, dwarf lauae ferns, sea grape shrubs, Queen Emma spider lilies, coconut palms, shell ginger plants, native white hibiscus, and many other plants indigenous to the islands.