Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, established in 1927, holds a significant place in Waikiki's history as one of its earliest hotels. During the era when steam travel to Hawaii became more convenient, many affluent American families sought the island as a destination. Captain William Matson, from the Matson Navigation Company, recognized the need for a high-end accommodation option for these well-to-do travelers. As a solution, he decided to construct a hotel in Honolulu.

Initially, Matson acquired the Moana mansion and converted it into a hotel, which proved to be a successful venture. Buoyed by this success, he proceeded to create the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The architectural design of the hotel was crafted by Warren & Wetmore and blended elements of Spanish and Moorish styles. Its distinctive pink stucco facade led to its affectionate nickname, "The Pink Palace of the Pacific."

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel quickly became a sought-after destination since its inception in 1927. Its guest list boasted notable figures, including statesmen, Hollywood celebrities, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, and Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku.

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Sight Name: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA (See walking tours in Honolulu)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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