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The Gold Coast of Honolulu

Information about the seventeen high rise hotels, condominium buildings, and apartment bulidings at the foot of Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu.

There are seventeen oceanfront residential and hotel buildings in the area on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki in Honolulu. Those buildings caused a conflict in the 1960's between some of Hawaii's local residents and developers who wanted to build a string of high rise buildings covering the entire coast from Diamond Head to Kahala. A "Save Diamond Head" movement was sucessful and now allnew buildings in that area are limited to a height of 3 storyies.


    -2863 Kalakaua:
    New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel


    -2877 Kalakaua
    San Souci Building
    This distinctive curved condominium building is located directly on San Souci Beach next to the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. The building is gated and units have large oceanfront lanais.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description - Alani Realty Photos of the Building


    -2885 Kalakaua
    W Honolulu Diamond Head Hotel


    -2893 Kalakaua
    Colony Beach
    This oceanfront unit has eight units and all of them have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is only one unit per floor and the elevator is keyed.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2895 Kalakaua
    Colony Surf
    This oceanfront condominium building shares a beach with the outrigger club next door and it is the largest building in the area. It has both oceanfront and Diamond Head facing units. Home of the "Michel's at the Colony Surf" French restaurant.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description
    - Alani Realty Photos of the Building
    - ColonySurf.net


    -2937 Kalakaua
    Castle Surf
    This 38 unit building is located across from Dilingham Fountain and it has one and two bedroom units.
    - Alani Realty Photos of the Building
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2943 Kalakaua
    Tropic Seas
    Studios, one, and two bedroom apartments in a pet friendly building.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2947 Kalakaua
    Diamond Head Beach Hotel


    -2957 Kalakaua
    Diamond Head Ambassador
    80 units in an oceanfront, Asian style building with ' blue balconies and blue curved bridges connecting three buildings. Has a swimming pool with an ocean view. Studio, one, and two bedroom apartments.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2969 Kalakaua
    Diamond Head Apartments
    Building has a swimming pool and fifty-six conveyed parking stalls
    - Alani Realty Photos of the Building
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2979 Kalakaua
    Coral Strand
    An ocaenfront building with a swimming pool
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2999 Kalakaua
    Tahitienne
    This building has four units per floor and all units have both ocean and Diamond Head views.
    - Alani Realty Photos of the Building
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -3003 Kalakaua
    Apartment Building
    Two apartments per floor
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -3019 Kalakaua
    Apartment Building
    This building has only one unit per floor and the elevator opens directly into each apartment. Pet fiendly.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -3015 Kalakaua
    Oceanside Manor
    All 18 units in this apartment building face the ocean and they all have 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2987 Kalakaua
    Apartment Building
    Forty one units in a building located on tan ocean seawall. Some units are oceanfront and some are identified as garden units.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -3056 Kalakaua
    Apartments Building
    This sixteen unit apartment building has only two units per floor. Located across the street from public beach access point.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -3065 Kalakau
    Seabreeze
    This apartment building is located on the beach and there isonly one two-bedroom unit per floor.
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description


    -2801 Coconut Avenue
    Kainalu
    Located on a secluded beach. Some of the units are oceanfront.
    - Alani Realty Photos of the Building
    - Gold Coast Hawaii Photo and Description
HISTORY OF THE SAVE DIAMOND ASSOCIATION


There are seventeen oceanfront residential and hotel buildings in the area on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki in Honolulu. Those buildings turned out to be politically very unpopular, and after they were built the city of HOnolulu banned any future high rise buildings in that area.

The Diamond Head Preservation Area was created at that time to preserve the area at the base of Diamond Head and protect it from future high rise construction. According to current regulations, if any of the current high rise buildings in this area are knocked down or damanged beyond repair they will not be rebuilt. New structures are limited to a height of 3 stories.

No changes in structure or use of the current 17 buildings can be made without a significant government approval process. For example, even though the Colony Surf was once a hotel, it cannot revert back to beging a hotel unless it receives special approval. Until recently Michel's restaurant was only allowed to serve dinner but they finally received approval to serve Sunday brunch. Residential buildings can only be rented as vacation homes for a minimum of 30 days.

Here is information about each of the 17 high rise buildings in the Diamond Head area, organized by location, with the building closest to the center of Waikiki listed first.

In 1960 Alice Woolaway and several other women founded the Save Diamond Head Committee to prevent building any more high rise hotels and apartments in the Diamond Head Crater area, Nancy Bannick, a long time Kapiolani Park Preservation Society member, was at the forefront of the successful 1960's "Save Diamond Head" movement to stop Developer Chin Ho's plan to build a solid line of high rise hotels linking the Kahala Hilton with the Diamond Head area. In the late 1960's the Diamond head area was caught in the midle between developers and environmentalists. The "Save Diamond Head Association" was formed in 1967 for the purpose of fighting against bulidling any more high rise buildings along the Diamond Head area shoreline. People were afraid one of hawaii's most famous landmarks, Diamond Head Crater, would Disappaer behind a sea of high rise concrete buildings; In December of 1967, after a four hour public hearing, five members of the nine member Honolulu City Council voted against further commercial development of the Diamond Head Area. the other four members abstained. In 1968 Diamond Head was designated as an official United States national landmark.

LOWRISE BUILDINGS IN THE AREA:
-2909 Kalakaua: Outrigger Canoe Club
-2933 Kalakaua: Elk's Lodge #616 See also:
- More About the Diamond Head Area
- Introduction to Waikiki
- About South Oahu



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