The 1960s was a period of rapid growth for the hospitality industry in Honolulu. With expanded air travel came more visitors and larger hotels, many of which were designed with tropical modernism in mind.
Although this list isn’t anywhere near being complete, these are some of our favorite larger hotels, architecturally speaking, anyway, with corresponding photos above. We’ll continue to add more when we can… click on addresses below for Google Map locations.
The Ilikai (1777 Ala Moana Blvd.) – circa 1963 by John Graham, Jr.
Queen Kapiolani (150 Kapahulu Ave.) – circa 1969 by Ernie Hara
Waikiki Circle (2464 Kalakaua Ave.) – circa 1962
Hilton Waikiki Beach (2500 Kuhio Ave.) – circa 1970
Marine Surf (364 Seaside Ave.) – circa 1970
Princess Kaiulani (120 Kaiulani Ave.) – circa 1955, by Gardner A. Dailey
Royal Grove (151 Uluniu Ave.) – circa 1955
Waikiki Beach Marriot (2552 Kalakaua Ave.) – circa 1970
Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Tower (2005 Kalia Rd.) – circa 1968
Check out Waikiki Residential Buildings and the Gold Coast Neighborhood for more mid-century towers in this area.
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