|Porte Cochere at the Moana Hotel|
|The view towards Diamond Head from my terrace|
|An early view of the Moana, before subsequent additions (from the historical materials currently displayed on the second floor of the hotel). I'm guessing that the small cottages on the right are where Jack London stayed during his time in Waikiki. London surfed here and loved it.|
|100+ year old banyan tree around which the hotel was built|
In the late 19th century, Waikiki became the center of Hawaiian tourism with its gentle waves and commanding view of Diamond Head. One of the earliest hotels was the Moana, built in 1901. A Beaux-Arts pile, the white building is bedecked with columns and porticos that vaguely recall plantation architecture. The architect was Oliver Traphagen, who had some success in Duluth, Minnesota, designing houses in the Richardson Romanesque/Queen Anne vein. This amuses me--if I were an architect in Duluth, I'd hightail it to Honolulu, too!
|Winter in Waikiki--Small surf, crowded with kooks. That crane thing is dredging up sand to bring back to the rapidly eroding beach. |
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