Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Royal Hawaiian

This is the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  It's one of the original luxury hotels on Oahu, and is famous for its distinctive pink color.

The hotel has an interesting history, as it started prior to air service made travel to Hawaii easy, and therefore, for the most part, travel to the islands was a luxury in and of itself.  It was taken over by the U.S. Navy during World War Two, and operated as a rest facility for submariners.  It resumed operation as a hotel post war, and remains a well known hotel today.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Missionary Houses, Lehaina Maui Hawaii

These are obviously beyond the scope of this forum, but still, this provides some interesting examples of houses for Europeans in the Hawai'ian island in the 19th Century.  The one constructed from volcanic rock is particularly notable.