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Opened in 1956
Closed in 1996
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Aug 31, 2010
Jul 28, 2006
Artist's rendering of the Waikikian Hotel in Waikiki
date unknown, from the collection of Tim Haack
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The Waikikian Hotel, right on the beach & lagoon at Waikiki, was a long-time touristy institution on Oahu. The Waikikian housed the Tahitian Lanai restaurant and Papeete Bar; all three opened in 1956.
The hotel is instantly recognized by its unusual lobby, a dramatically stylized A-frame fashioned from a massive hyperbolic paraboloid, designed by architect Pete Wimberley. Much of the decorative carving and other touches were from Edward Brownlee. The grounds also included tiki-spotted gardens, and the lobby housed a gallery of black velvet Leeteg paintings.
The Waikikian closed in 1996; in 2006, development is underway to open a 38-story timeshare as part of the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village complex. The new tower will be called "Waikikian."