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History of the Coconut Plaza Hotel
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Information, facts, and significant dates in the history of the Coconut Plaza Hotel in Waikiki.

1962
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.

1979
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 Street.

1989
In 1989 George Gilman sold his 88 room Coconut Plaza Hotel to Ishimura Building Company, Ltd of Osaka, Japan for $20,000,000 USD.

1991
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 $21,800,000 USD. 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.

1992
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.

2000
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.

2005
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.

2006
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

2008
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.

Related Documents:
- 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

Questions:
-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

See also:
- Coconut Plaza Hotel
-Aston Coconut Plaza Hotel
-ResortQuest Coconut Plaza Hotel
-Aqua Coconut Plaza Hotel
- Aqua Coconut Waikiki
-Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel
- Aqua Hotels June 2006 Announcement


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- Other Hotels on Oahu
- All Lodging on Oahu
- Dining on Oahu



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