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Opened in 1966
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
text, 202, 204
Postcard from the Hanalei Hotel in San Diego
date unknown, from the collection of Dustycajun
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The Hanalei Hotel is host to Islands Restaurant and Islands Sushi and Pupu Bar.
The hotel is currently part of the the Crowne Plaza chain, and thus is formally called the Crowne Plaza San Diego. Before becoming a Crowne Plaza hotel, it was a Red Lion hotel, and before that it was a Best Western. The sign for the Hanalei used to be a fantastic example of Googie signage, but tragically, it was replaced with an exceedingly bland sign when "updated" by Best Western. The "Hanalei" name was dropped when it became the Crowne Plaza in 2007.
The Crown Plaza has been able to retain a little bit of its Polynesian feel, including tikis salvaged from Steve Crane's Luau in Beverly Hills. It's a large hotel, and the remaining tiki touches are more scattered than immersive.
In late 2006, the Islands Restaurant was gutted, and the amount of tiki to be found here is sadly dwindling.