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Fritz B. Burns and Henry J. Kaiser purchase the Niumalu Hotel with
eight oceanfront acres of the John Ena Estate.
Construction begins on thatched-roof guest cottages with 70 guest rooms
and suites. The Tapa Room, gardens and three swimming pools are also completed.
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.
Village Tower is built (Tapa Tower now stands in its place).
The expansion of the Village continues with the addition of
Diamond Head Tower.
Conrad Hilton acquires a majority of the property. Hilton-Burns
company is founded and the Hawaiian Village becomes Hilton
Hilton Lagoon Apartments are completed with 279 apartments.
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
Mid-Pacific Conference Center superstructure is completed,
including the Coral Ballroom and a garage with a parking
capacity of 1,800.
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
Fritz Burns sells 50 percent equity interest in Hilton Hawaiian
Village to Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Village Tower is torn down.
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.
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.
-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.
The Tapa Bar and main lobby are renovated.
Hilton Hotels Corporation buys Prudential’s share of Village ownership,
making the Village a true Hilton property.
The Hilton Dome is torn down. Construction of Kalia TowerTM begins.
-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.
Ground is broken on the site of the Ocean Crystal Chapel, a
$6 million chapel that will become Waikiki’s first free-standing
-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
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