Neighboring a marina, this wedding chapel is a playful Postmodern embodiment of Hawaii. Oval in shape, its outrigger-canoe-shaped roof is complemented by pipe-metal, rolling-wave pergolas and blue glass walls etched with pounding surf. Other oceanographic details include frog-, fish-, and whale-shaped door-stops and shell-bedecked candleholders at the ends of the pews. The building makes a dramatically original statement on Hawaii's enduring relationship to the ocean, and functions magnificently as a Japanese wedding chapel. Two pairs of glass double doors on both sides and the double-door entrance open the building to the outdoors. Filament-suspended mini-spotlighting illuminates the central aisle and altar area, and video cam eras frame the pulpit, while a more discretely placed camera films the wedding parties from above the entrance portal. The exterior, apse-like, blue-tiled pool and waterfall wrap around the chancel, and ground a striking view of the azure Pacific. A gazebo to the side of the chapel, circumscribed by a pergola-covered colonnade, provides a setting for wedding photographs.
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