Mid-century modern buildings
The 1950s and 60s saw rapid growth in Honolulu and many of the residential buildings that went up in and around Waikiki at this time are considered to be of the tropical modernist variety.
If you wander the streets between the Ala Wai canal and Kalakaua Avenue you’ll come across several low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise mid-century modern marvels that boast breeze block and patterned walls, beautiful lava rock stonework and bold concrete design.
This list is far from exhaustive, but we’ve included a few of our favorites with corresponding photos above and will continue to add more when we can… click on addresses below for Google Map locations.
Waikiki Bellevue (2439 Ala Wai Blvd.) – circa 1963
Waikiki Skyliner (2415 Ala Wai Blvd.) – circa 1968
Boysay Apartments (2403 Ala Wai Blvd.) – circa 1970
Boulevard Tower (2281 Ala Wai Blvd.) – circa 1968
Pan Pacific (922 Kapahulu Ave.) – circa 1965
Makee Ailana (204 Kapahulu Ave.) – circa 1967
Pacific Polynesia (455 Lewers St.) – circa 1954
Waikiki Cove (2118 Kuhio Ave.) – circa 1959
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