History of the Coconut Plaza Hotel
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Information, facts, and significant dates
in the history of the Coconut Plaza Hotel in Waikiki.
The Coconut Plaza Hotel was built in 1962 by commercial and residential
real estate developer F. George Gilman. I believe at the time
he was the owner of a company called Coconut Development, Inc.
(He also built another hotel in Hawaii, the Coconut Inn on Maui).
I'm pretty sure the orignal entrance to the Coconut Plaza Hotel
faced the Ala Wai Canal and and the hotel's original entrance
was at 2177 Ala Wai Boulevard.
This City and County of Honolulu Building permit
was issued on December 17, 1979 and the work was completed
September 1, 1979 at the "Waikiki Holiday Hotel" at 450 Lewers
In 1989 George Gilman sold his 88 room Coconut Plaza Hotel
to Ishimura Building Company, Ltd of Osaka, Japan for
In 1991 the Poemonte Corporation sold the Coconut Plaza
Hotel to Hawaii Niju-Ichi Corporation, Inc. and J.C.
West, Inc. (an affiliate of C. Itoh and Company) for
I have also read something about a
lawsuit related to the August 1, 1991 sale of
the Coconut Plaza Hotel by the Ishimura Building Company.
I'm not sure if the hotel was sold twice in 1991 or if
one of the parties in the aforementioned 1991 sale was actally the
Ishimura Building Company DBA a different company name.
What I was able to find out was that in May of 1991, Ishimura Building
Company contracted with a company called NTB to help them
sell the hotel. The hotel was sold and that sale closed on August 1, 1991.
The Coconut Plaza was extensively renovated in 1992 and I believe this
is when the hotel's entrance was moved to Lewers Street and the hotel's
address was changed from 2177 Ala Wai Boulevard to 450 Lewers Street.
In the spring of 2000, Aston Hotels and Resorts
took over management of the Coconut Plaza Hotel. The
official name of the hotel was changed to the
Aston Coconut Plaza Hotel.
On August 1, 2005 Aston Hotels and Resorts officially
joined 13 other North American lodging companies to
form ResortQuest International. At that time the
official name of the Coconut Plaza was changed from
the Aston Coconut Plaza hotel to the
ResortQuest Coconut Plaza Hotel.
On December 20, 2006 Aqua Hotels and Resorts took over
operating the Coconut Plaza Hotel when they were awarded
the management contract by hotel owner 3D Investments LLC of California.
The name of the hotel was changed from the ResortQuest Coconut Plaza Hotel
to the Aqua Coconut Plaza hotel, effective December 30, 2006.
Aqua Resorts Assumes Management of Coconut Plaza Hotel
In 2008 the Aqua Coconut Plaza Hotel was closed
in late February for extensive renovatins.
When the hotel re-opened (sometime between June and August
of 2008) it was renamed the Aqua Coconut Waikiki Hotel.
It only had that name for a short time because shortly
after that it became the Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel.
I am trying to find out if Aqua is still involved in
managing the hotel because it is still listed on the
Aqua Resorts Web site as of September 2008.
Honolulu City Property Tax Info (says 11 stories & built in 1964 ???)
1979 Dec 17: Honolulu Building Permit 132408
2008 Feb 13: Honolulu Building Permit 624448
Lawsuit re: 1991 Sale of the Coconut Plaza Hotel
Coconut Plaza Sold to Japanese Firms in 1989 and 1991
-when did F. George Giloman form Cocnut Properties, Inc.
-Is that company still active?
-When did 3D Investments buy the hotel and from whom?
Coconut Plaza Hotel Personnel Changes
-Alvida Surpia Became General Manager in 2007
-Charlotte Caster Became General Manager in 2005
-Audrey Amoy Became Sales Manager in 2007
-Vince Mauldin Became Guest Services Manager in 2008
-Shirley Saquiton Became Front Desk Clerk in 2003
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