The Queen Kapiolani Hotel, built during the mid-century Waikiki visitor industry boom, was definitely showing the stress of its years. But it had one great advantage in its location along Kapahulu Avenue – it faced a lovely, open park with direct views of the Diamond Head landmark.
The Philpotts design team’s vision was to create a more engaging and active street level experience and connect the hotel to the park, long known for recreation and gatherings. An open air lobby was created with a café and extended lanai space connecting it to the sights and sounds of the park. The café design drew inspiration from Waikiki’s traditional fishing history with a hook-shaped bar and seafaring motifs. Open and light-filled, the lobby greets guests with a cool, casual atmosphere.
The hotel’s mid-century heyday is celebrated with artwork evoking the era such as old advertisements, surf images, Hawaiian prints and posters.