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1954
Fritz B. Burns and Henry J. Kaiser purchase the Niumalu Hotel with eight oceanfront acres of the John Ena Estate.

1955
Construction begins on thatched-roof guest cottages with 70 guest rooms and suites. The Tapa Room, gardens and three swimming pools are also completed. 1957 Ocean Tower is completed (Ocean Tower is now Alii Tower). Geodesic dome showroom is built in just 20 hours for the premiere of "Around the World in 80 Days" and the Symphony Polynesia, starring the famed Alfred Apaka.

1958
Village Tower is built (Tapa Tower now stands in its place).

1960
The expansion of the Village continues with the addition of Diamond Head Tower.

1961
Conrad Hilton acquires a majority of the property. Hilton-Burns company is founded and the Hawaiian Village becomes Hilton Hawaiian Village.

1965
Hilton Lagoon Apartments are completed with 279 apartments.

1968
Rainbow Tower opens with the world’s largest ceramic-tile mosaic spanning 286 feet high by 26 feet wide on each end of the tower. More than 16,000 colorful tiles are used to complete the mosaic.

1969
Mid-Pacific Conference Center superstructure is completed, including the Coral Ballroom and a garage with a parking capacity of 1,800.

1970
Rainbow Bazaar opens with more than 40 ethnic shops and restaurants, a Thai temple, a replica of a Japanese pagoda, and an entire Japanese farmhouse – which was shipped from Japan.

1977
Fritz Burns sells 50 percent equity interest in Hilton Hawaiian Village to Prudential Insurance Company of America.

1979
Village Tower is torn down.

1982
Tapa Tower is opened on the site of the former Village Tower. The total number of hotel rooms becomes 2,614. Plans for a $100 million architectural renewal begin.

1987
Ocean Tower is renovated and "rebuilt" with two additional floors added. Renamed the Ali’i Tower, it becomes the Village’s exclusive "hotel within a hotel" for guests who desire higher levels of service, such as private concierge service and registration. The project was part of the overall Village master plan, and included the construction of the Main Lobby building.

1988
-Kaiser-Burns' master plan, calling for four "skyscraper hotels," is completed. Hilton Hawaiian Village, now offering 2,523 rooms, has a grand reopening.
-Hilton Hawaiian Village completes its milestone, $100 million architectural renewal, "Return to Paradise." As part of "Return to Paradise," the hotel unveils its new porte cochere and open-air lobby, which provide breathtaking views of the 10,000-square-foot Super Pool and Waikiki Beach.

1996
The Tapa Bar and main lobby are renovated.

1998
Hilton Hotels Corporation buys Prudential’s share of Village ownership, making the Village a true Hilton property.

1999
The Hilton Dome is torn down. Construction of Kalia TowerTM begins.

2001
-The 453-room, 25-story Kalia TowerTM opens culminating what was the first major resort development in Waikiki in more than a decade. The tower offers tropical gardens, spacious walkways, waterfalls and Hawaiian art, creating a new gateway to the Village. Lagoon Tower completes an extensive renovation, and Hilton Grand Vacations Club begins offering a new category of accommodations at the Village - studio, one, two and three bedroom condominium suites.
-Mandara Spa opens on the 4th floor of the Kalia Tower. Independently owned and operated, the spa provides hotel guests with a full-service spa and salon.

2005
Ground is broken on the site of the Ocean Crystal Chapel, a $6 million chapel that will become Waikiki’s first free-standing resort chapel.

2006
-The $6 million Ocean Crystal Chapel opens with a lavish grand opening ceremony culminating years of planning and nine months of construction. Set amidst lush landscaping and waterfalls, the chapel seats 85 people and offers stunning visuals.
-Ground is broken on the site of the Grand Waikikian Tower, a 39-story timeshare tower that will be the seventh tower on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Construction is expected to last through 2008.
-Restoration of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village begins. The project is expected to last until late 2007.

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- All Airports in Hawaii
- Inter-Island Airlines in Hawaii
- Overseas Airlines That Fly to Hawaii



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