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Royal Hawaiian Hotel Aerial View

Waikiki Hotels and Resorts Photos, Oahu, Hawaii

Royal Hawaiian Hotel
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels and Resorts of Hawaii

The Royal Hawaiian opened on February 1, 1927 and plays an important role in Hawaiian history. King Kamehameha I had used the area as a playground after he conquered O’ahu and Queen Ka’ahumanu had her summer place in the coconut grove where the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" was built. During the war, the hotel was leased to the Navy as a rest and recreation center for the Pacific Fleet and reopened to the public in February of 1947.

The Spanish-Moorish appearance of the building was quite unusual for this part of the world. But it was the 1920’s and the influence of Spanish style was "in" on the mainland, partly as a result of Rudoph Valentino movies. There were also overtones of the California mission style as seen in the cupolas or bell towers (now The Royal’s icons).

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