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Famous Waikiki Hotel closes
Tangaroa-Ru
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From: Surf's Up, Los Angeles!
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:34 am   Permalink

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2009448582_webhawaiihotel10.html

I think I'm posting this in the right area of T.C. Thought some of you might want to know this, in case this was a favorite hotel of yours on your island trips. It has/had some vintage history, that's for sure...

A friend of mine (who lives on the North Shore of Oahu) says Hawaii's economy is really hurting, and that the state of Hawaii's financial shape is as bad as California's.


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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:59 am   Permalink



At least the building will remain as condos and timeshares. Not that I'm pro turning iconic places into condos and timeshares or anything but I'm glad it will still be in the skyline.


 
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aku76
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2009-07-14 6:46 pm   Permalink

if i remember my vegas vic's tiki lounge podcasts, none other than Arthur Lyman played several months a year at this hotel at one time. sucks, another historic one goes, kinda like my town.

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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-07-14 11:55 pm   Permalink

No - the Ilikai Hotel is still open; there were negotiations between the new owner and the hotel workers. From Saturday's Honolulu Star Bulletin:

www.starbulletin.com/business/20090711_Ilikai_workers_reach_deal_to_keep_the_hotel_running.html



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Hibiscus
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2009-07-15 06:25 am   Permalink

It's one of the hotels that featured in the Hawaii Five-O series pretty frequently. I remember walking by it and thinking how very 60s the place looked, with it's aqua balconies and groovy signage font. Glad to hear it's staying open.




 
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-07-17 09:15 am   Permalink

You ae absolutely correct Hibiscus.The Ilikai was used quite often for the filming of
Hawaii-Five 0 including the begining of the show when the camera pans up and Jack Lord
is standing on the balcony of the Ilikai .This place is classic Hawaii at it's finest.
I need to get over there very very soon.


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2009-07-18 8:10 pm   Permalink

If it is any consolation, Waikiki's famed Pink Palace, the Royal Hawaiian, should have reopened!

Besides, even if that hotel goes condo, anyone will still be able to rent a room from the owners indirectly, just like the Ala Moana.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-19 09:59 am   Permalink

Though the Ilikai is a cool example of Honolulu modernism, it can also be seen as the beginning of the end of the "old Hawaii", purported in Polynesian pop on the mainland. It was one of the first high rise towers, which then began to multiply like mushrooms and change the face of Waikiki forever, eventually turning off tourists, as it began to look like many other American downtown skylines. This fact is made even more poignant by the fact that the Ilikai tower was built right next to, and literally overshadowed that wonderful icon of Tiki style, the Waikikian Hotel, its Tiki Gardens, and its Tahitian Lanai Bar, just built five years earlier.

The effect can be compared to the original Hawaiian Village Hotel, here in the 50's, (just on the other side of the Waikikian):



..and the same Hotel, just a few years later, in its newer 1960s version:



Still cool, but not the same.

For the same reason do I count the "Hawaiian Eye" TV series as Tiki, while I consider Hawaii 5-0 as post-Tiki.

The same goes for the original International Marketplace with Don The Beachcomber's, which was conceived by him as a one story palm frond roofed village, and then got built up to a two-story shopping mall. With the jet travel and Hawaiian statehood success of Hawaii, progress and development quickly outdid Polynesian romanticism in Waikiki.


 
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HinaHinawahine
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From: Pacific Islands
Posted: 2009-07-20 9:02 pm   Permalink

The Ili Kai was only closed for less than 24 hours and the union with the employees rehired 50% of the more senior employees the next day! Great for my ohana since my sistah and her husband have worked there many years.

 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2009-07-21 1:20 pm   Permalink

That's nice to hear.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-21 1:45 pm   Permalink

Congrats, that's good to hear. It must be tough these days there. Hawaii was on the up and up, until the recession hit.

 
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HinaHinawahine
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From: Pacific Islands
Posted: 2009-07-21 6:41 pm   Permalink

Mahalo! I was very happy for my ohana!! Not good at all over on any of the islands. Too quiet and very bad for our economy as you well know. Airports are very quiet on the other islands too. If you can walk into any restaurant and get seated immediately you know we are suffering. It is mainly the airlines that are being bad and not being any help. The hotels are offering awesome packages including car, meals and credit vouchers.

Aloha a hui hou!


 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2009-07-22 2:37 pm   Permalink

And now for a look back at 1965.


From the cover of an in-room information folder.

A postcard taken at twilight.

A great brochure.

A fine rendering of the hotel.

Room rendering.

Restaurant info card, matchbook and shoe shine cloth.

Photos of a couple of the rooms.

A 1965 copy of Guest.

Newspaper clipping.


We hope you enjoyed your stay.



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-23 10:14 am   Permalink

Mahalo, Trav, nice line up. A fond memory: When I was staying at the Waikikian next door in the mid-90s, they were still selling Margaret Keane paintings at the Ilikai shop -not as a hipster item, mind you.

 
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HinaHinawahine
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From: Pacific Islands
Posted: 2009-07-26 2:42 pm   Permalink

Those were the days on O'ahu!

 
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