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Royal Hawaiian Hotel

The historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" was built in 1927 to provide luxurious accommodations to Matson Cruise Line passengers.

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History of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Matson Built the Hotel In 1972
The luxurious Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened on February 1, 1927 and the first registered guest was Hawaiian Princess Kawananakoa. The six story, 400 room hotel cost $4 million to build and it was designedin the Spanish-Moorish style that was popular in the 1920's by New York architects Warren and Wetmore. The hotel was conceived by Ed Tenney, the head of Castle and Cooke and Matson Navigation and Matson manager William Roth. The Matson and Territorial Hotel Company, who owned the Manoa Hotel were joint owners of the Royal Hawaiian. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel was originally built for Matson Cruise Line passengers. The first Matson cruise ship passengers arrived on the "Malolo" in November of 1927.

Leased to the Navy In 1942
During World War II barbed wire was installed along Waikiki Beach and in January of 1942 the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was leased to the Navy as a rest and recreation center for military personnel serving in the Pacific Fleet. The hotel was returned to Matson in 1945 and it re-opened in 1947 after a $2 million renovation.

Sold to Sheraton In 1969
When ITT Sheraton purchased the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from Matson in 1969 they added the Royal Tower Wing which increased the number of rooms to 526.

Sold to Kyo-ya In 1975
In 1975 Sheraton sold the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to Kyo-ya Company Limited, but the hotel retained the Sheraton brand and Sheraton continued to operate it under a management contract.


Royal Hawaiian Hotel
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, 96815
Phone: 808-923-7311 or 866-716-8109
Fax: 808-931-7098
Official Web Site: Royal-Hawaiian.com

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