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Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

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1990, Ellerbe Becket. 100 Holomoana St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

A five-story waterfall cascades down the facade of the Hawaii Prince Hotel—an elegant tropical gesture which sets the tone for this matched pair of thirty-three-story towers. The configuration of the towers provides magnificent vistas of the Ala Wai boat harbor and the Pacific Ocean to each of the 578 units with their floor-to-ceiling windows. The buildings' fluid lines are accentuated by the horizontal bands circumscribing the top five stories and the flowing interaction between the con vex porte-cochere and the concave glass and brass entrance. A meticulously detailed lobby continues the slickness of the exterior. The speckled, pink Italian marble used to accentuate the desks, escalator, and elevators contributes to the ostentation of the approximately twelve-thousand-square-foot lobby, as does the grandiose coffered ceiling. The convex, all-glass, mauka and makai walls amplify the lobby's spaciousness.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 156-156.

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