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Hyatt Regency Waikiki

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1976, Herb Lawton in association with Wimberly, Whisenand, Allison, Tong and Goo. 2424 Kalakaua Ave.

The grand atrium, the Hyatt chain's architectural signature for the past thirty-five years, rises only seven stories at this hotel, but is open to the sky. A tropical oasis vitalized by a three-story waterfall and smaller cascades, the atrium is the palm-filled climax of the 1,230-room hotel's open floor plan. Four tall, doorless entrances provide access to the block-long “interior” arcade, more a continuation of the sidewalk than the first story of a hotel; this arcade parallels Kalakaua Avenue and connects the two thirty-nine-story, octagonal towers. Coral-block walls lend a local accent to these lush entrances with their suspended bronze sculptures by Edward Brown-lee. Developed by Chris Hemmeter, the Hyatt was the most expensive building project undertaken in Hawaii at the time of its construction.

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Don J. Hibbard
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Don J. Hibbard, "Hyatt Regency Waikiki", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-OA144.

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 163-164.

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