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Hawaiian Hotel Sampler: O’ahu Edition

Hawaiian Hotel Sampler: O’ahu Edition


Na ilha mais populosa do Havaí, O’ahu, há uma grande seleção de hotéis e resorts que atendem a uma ampla variedade de gostos. Além de ser um destino de lazer, a ilha também abriga a capital Honolulu e Pearl Harbor. Durante minha semana na ilha, experimentei três hotéis distintos, todos demonstrando o espírito de aloha do Havaí.

Para o amante de hotéis boutique

A uma quadra da praia de Waikiki fica o super legal Hotel Renew by Aston. O hotel boutique de 72 quartos, com seu design elegante, não se parece em nada com os grandes resorts de O’ahu. É grande o suficiente para dar uma sensação de privacidade, mas pequeno o suficiente para que a equipe se lembre do seu nome. A sensação é moderna com suas madeiras escuras, linhas limpas e texturas variadas. Pops coloridos de flores tropicais, obras de arte e lençóis chamam a atenção. Sugestões sutis de elementos água, terra e fogo são uma referência à natureza circundante da ilha. O Hotel Renew é o lugar perfeito para casais que amam a praia (não há piscina no local) e querem estar perto de toda a agitação de Waikiki, mas ainda desejam um pouco de reclusão.

Avenida Paoakalani 129

Honolulu, Havaí 96815

888-HTLRNEW

Pela família

O Aulani Resort & Spa não é apenas para os obcecados pela Disney, mas essas pessoas também não ficarão desapontadas. Um dos resorts mais adequados para famílias no mundo, Aulani também é uma propriedade excepcional para os gostos mais exigentes e adultos. Os visitantes não encontrarão um hotel com tema havaiano enganoso. Em vez disso, Aulani é um resort sofisticado e bonito que celebra a história do Havaí. Ao projetar Aulani, a Walt Disney Imagineers trabalhou em estreita colaboração com historiadores e artesãos locais para criar uma propriedade que também honra a cultura e as tradições havaianas. Isso fica mais evidente no mural do teto do saguão ao ar livre.

Localizado a cerca de trinta minutos da praia de Waikiki, no tranquilo Ko Olina Resort Community & Marina, Aulani está situado na praia e é cercado por montanhas. Os jardins exuberantes estão repletos de inúmeras piscinas e fontes de água, enquanto a praia é o lugar ideal para relaxar nas espreguiçadeiras, mergulhar com snorkel, caiaque ou construir esculturas de areia. Caça ao tesouro, histórias à beira da fogueira, Aunty’s Beach House, noites de cinema e café da manhã com personagens da Disney são apenas algumas das atividades disponíveis para as crianças. Porém, os adultos não são esquecidos em Aulani. Dois lounges de coquetéis são o local perfeito para relaxar com um mai tai. O Laniwai Spa é o mais impressionante e apresenta o único jardim de hidroterapia ao ar livre de O'ahu. As instalações e tratamentos são puramente indulgentes, proporcionando aos visitantes a melhor experiência de spa.

Com 359 quartos de hotel, dezesseis dos quais são suítes, e 481 Disney Vacation Club Villas, incluindo 21 Grand Villas, Aulani é uma grande propriedade com opções para atender às necessidades de cada hóspede. Os quartos lindamente decorados apresentam tons suaves e camadas de textura. Varandas são padrão em todos os quartos, e até o hóspede mais exigente apreciará os toques sutis da Disney.

Embora o Aulani seja voltado para famílias, também é uma opção sofisticada em O’ahu que destaca a criança em todos.

92-1185 Ali’Inui Drive

Kapolei, Havaí 96707

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Para o Socializador

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach está localizado no coração de Waikiki. Lojas de luxo, restaurantes e bares estão a curta distância, embora a deslumbrante localização à beira-mar do Outrigger faça com que os hóspedes não queiram sair. Milhões de dólares e atenção meticulosa aos detalhes trouxeram o requinte havaiano a este resort recém-reformado. Mesmo com os 497 quartos totalmente novos e trinta suítes, a característica mais bonita do resort pode ser apenas a vista deslumbrante da praia de Waikiki, do Oceano Pacífico e da cratera Diamond Head das varandas com borda de vidro.

As opções gastronômicas são abundantes, como o Hula Grill à beira-mar, o Chuck’s Steak House e o lendário Duke’s Canoe Club. Com música ao vivo às sextas, sábados e domingos, o Duke's tem um ambiente animado que oferece uma variedade de comidas e coquetéis na sala de jantar e no Barefoot Bar.

Dadas as várias comodidades do Outrigger, o resort é perfeito para todos os tipos de viajantes - famílias, solitários, casais e grupos de amigos. Seja para relaxar em uma espreguiçadeira na piscina à beira-mar, passear ao longo da imaculada Praia de Waikiki ou saborear um fluxo de lava no Duke's, Outrigger on the Beach oferece não apenas acomodações esplêndidas, mas também algumas das melhores vistas e observação de pessoas em Waikiki.

Avenida Kalakaua, 2335

Honolulu, Havaí 96815

{808} 923-0711
Fui convidado da O’ahu Tourism. De forma alguma fui convencido a escrever uma crítica positiva com base na vista majestosa de Diamond Head, os incontáveis ​​arco-íris ou o espírito Aloha. Como sempre, as opiniões são minhas.

O Post Hawaiian Hotel Sampler: O’ahu Edition apareceu pela primeira vez na Leah Travels.


A História do Turismo do Havaí

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. (foto cortesia de Scott Laird)

Embora o termo nunca seja acompanhado de um período específico, viajantes e residentes do Havaí costumam fazer poesia sobre o "Antigo Havaí". Para alguns, "Old Hawai'i" refere-se ao tempo antes do contato europeu, ou quando Hawai'i era um reino soberano. Outras referências ao "Antigo Havaí" podem ser o renascimento da indústria do turismo ou os anos de crescimento após a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Em muitas imaginações, os anos dourados do turismo no Havaí são considerados as décadas de 1920 e 1930, quando havia apenas dois hotéis em Waikiki e a maioria dos visitantes chegava por mar. A música e a cultura havaiana tinham, então, começado a capturar a imaginação do continente, e a música Aloha ‘Oe, escrita pela Rainha Lili'uokalani foi um sucesso em todo o mundo.

A partir de 1935, o popular programa de rádio Hawai'i Calls, gravado sob a figueira-da-índia no Moana Hotel, transmitia música havaiana diretamente para salas de estar nos Estados Unidos. Os ouvintes de rádio podiam passar as tardes de domingo ouvindo cantores locais famosos como Alfred Apaka e Haunani Kahalewai, enquanto o apresentador Webley Edwards exaltava o “surf e areia na praia de Waikiki”.

Depois de tanto entretenimento, não é difícil entender como os americanos com recursos decidiram fazer uma viagem. Uma coisa divertida de se fazer ao visitar Waikiki, principalmente o Royal Hawaiian ou o que hoje é o Moana Surfrider, é imaginar como deve ter sido ser um turista naqueles prédios nas primeiras décadas do século XX.

O turismo na época estava a mundos de distância do que os viajantes estão acostumados hoje. A aviação estava em sua infância. Um voo sem escalas entre o Havaí e a Costa Oeste não seria realizado até que o serviço de linha aérea regular de 1927 levasse quase mais uma década.

Naquela época, os passageiros chegavam por mar - muitos deles a bordo de um navio de passageiros da Matson Line, construído propositadamente para o crescente comércio de turismo no Havaí. As viagens ao Havaí também eram muito mais longas - a viagem só de ida levava quatro dias. Com esse tipo de investimento de tempo, as estadias em hotéis tendem a ser mais longas também.

No mínimo, as férias no Havaí durariam pelo menos duas semanas e, em média, quase um mês - uma parte significativa do tempo em uma época em que as férias remuneradas ainda não eram um benefício de emprego padrão. O dinheiro era outra consideração. Na década de 1920, Matson anunciava tours "a partir de $ 270", cerca de $ 3.700 em dólares de hoje.

Ainda assim, os visitantes empreenderam a viagem, e o comitê de boas-vindas começaria a se instalar no porto de Honolulu sob a famosa Torre Aloha assim que o navio fosse avistado contornando Le'ahi (Diamond Head).

Os colares de flores frescas seriam entregues ao navio no barco-piloto e distribuídos entre os passageiros, que estariam todos usando colares de lei quando o navio fosse transportado para o porto para as boas-vindas de músicos e dançarinos de hula. Em terra, havia mais lei para os hóspedes que chegavam e, claro, um cordial "Aloha!"

A logística em terra era mais fácil para os viajantes naquela época. Os hotéis de Waikiki providenciariam transporte de e para o cais para passageiros e bagagens, mas está longe de ser a confusão que se vive hoje. No início da década de 1920, o número de visitantes variou de 8.000 a 12.000 chegadas anualmente - compare isso com as chegadas de 18.000 passageiros diárias no Aeroporto Internacional de Honolulu em 2018.

O aluguel de carros não era comum até depois da guerra, mas o transporte público na ilha de O'ahu já estava bem estabelecido. Os bondes iam de Waikiki a Honolulu, e a rede de ferrovias que apoiavam os carregamentos de cana-de-açúcar e abacaxi para o porto também era usada para trens turísticos para o chalé em Hale'iwa.

Muitos visitantes, especialmente aqueles que planejam estadias mais longas, trouxeram seus automóveis com eles no forro da Matson, permitindo-lhes explorar os bairros então subdesenvolvidos de Aina Haina e Hawai'i Kai, bem como os subúrbios a barlavento de Kailua e Waimanalo.

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. Quando o edifício foi concluído em 1927, os banheiros privativos ainda não eram padrão, embora o hotel tivesse uma porcentagem maior de quartos com banheiros privativos do que muitos hotéis contemporâneos. O Royal Hawaiian tinha até um "elevador para banhistas" separado para os hóspedes que não queriam enfrentar as passagens regulares do hotel em seus trajes de praia.

Os 400 quartos do hotel foram decorados com tapetes importados e portas internas com venezianas para permitir que brisas cruzadas resfriassem os quartos de hóspedes naqueles tempos de pré-ar-condicionado. Ao contrário de hoje, os melhores quartos oferecem vista para o jardim, pois o surfe e as vistas do oceano eram a última coisa que os viajantes queriam após desembarcar de uma longa viagem oceânica.

Convidados famintos podiam tomar o chá da tarde no Moana ou no Royal Hawaiian (servido por mulheres vestidas de quimono no último, prática que terminou durante a noite em 7 de dezembro de 1941). Os menus do dia eram decididamente não havaianos, apresentando comidas e receitas importadas, como presunto e frango prensado em gelatina, borsch ucraniano, língua de boi cozida, cordeiro primavera ou fígado e cebolas.

Ainda assim, houve alguns acenos locais: além de frutas de clima decididamente temperado como maçãs, uvas, peras e morangos, havia abacaxi fresco e "papaia" (mamão) e sorvete feito com cocos do próprio pomar do hotel. Outros tesouros locais, como poi e geleia de goiaba, também apareceram nos primeiros menus.

O advento do transporte confiável a jato após a guerra mudou o turismo no Havaí para sempre. Waikiki experimentou um boom de construção depois que voos a jato acessíveis atraíram turistas de todo o mundo, mas tanto o Moana quanto o Royal Hawaiian permanecem em suas pegadas originais, embora ladeados por enormes torres de hotéis (ambas as propriedades também se expandiram e construíram torres contemporâneas próprias durante a década de 1960).

Hoje, o aluguel de carros é abundante e os menus estão repletos da culinária regional do Havaí. Os hóspedes voam para estadias muitas vezes curtas como fins de semana prolongados e tanto o chalé em Hale'iwa quanto a ferrovia para chegar lá foram demolidos há muito tempo.

Mas os hóspedes ainda podem tomar o chá da tarde no Moana e ainda descansar no elevador para banhistas do Royal Hawaiian, passando por saguões que se parecem muito com quando os hotéis foram abertos.

Com uma calmaria momentânea na multidão e um filtro vintage do Instagram, quase dá para sentir aquela época de ouro novamente.


A História do Turismo do Havaí

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. (foto cortesia de Scott Laird)

Embora o termo nunca seja acompanhado de um período específico, viajantes e residentes do Havaí costumam fazer poesia sobre o "Velho Havaí". Para alguns, "Old Hawai'i" refere-se ao tempo antes do contato europeu, ou quando Hawai'i era um reino soberano. Outras referências ao "Antigo Havaí" podem ser o renascimento da indústria do turismo ou os anos de crescimento após a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Em muitas imaginações, os anos dourados do turismo no Havaí são considerados as décadas de 1920 e 1930, quando havia apenas dois hotéis em Waikiki e a maioria dos visitantes chegava por mar. A música e a cultura havaiana tinham, então, começado a capturar a imaginação do continente, e a música Aloha ‘Oe, escrita pela Rainha Lili'uokalani foi um sucesso em todo o mundo.

A partir de 1935, o popular programa de rádio Hawai'i Calls, gravado sob a figueira-da-índia no Moana Hotel, transmitia música havaiana diretamente para salas de estar nos Estados Unidos. Os ouvintes de rádio podiam passar as tardes de domingo ouvindo cantores locais famosos como Alfred Apaka e Haunani Kahalewai, enquanto o apresentador Webley Edwards exaltava o “surf e areia na praia de Waikiki”.

Depois de tanto entretenimento, não é difícil entender como os americanos com recursos decidiram fazer uma viagem. Uma coisa divertida de se fazer ao visitar Waikiki, principalmente o Royal Hawaiian ou o que é hoje o Moana Surfrider, é imaginar como deve ter sido ser um turista naqueles prédios nas primeiras décadas do século XX.

O turismo na época estava a mundos de distância do que os viajantes estão acostumados hoje. A aviação estava em sua infância. Um voo sem escalas entre o Havaí e a Costa Oeste não seria realizado até que o serviço de linha aérea regular de 1927 levasse quase mais uma década.

Naquela época, os passageiros chegavam por mar - muitos deles a bordo de um navio de passageiros da Matson Line, construído propositadamente para o crescente comércio de turismo no Havaí. As viagens ao Havaí também eram muito mais longas - a viagem só de ida levava quatro dias. Com esse tipo de investimento de tempo, as estadias em hotéis tendem a ser mais longas também.

No mínimo, as férias no Havaí durariam pelo menos duas semanas e, em média, quase um mês - uma parte significativa do tempo em uma época em que férias remuneradas ainda não eram um benefício de emprego padrão. O dinheiro era outra consideração. Na década de 1920, Matson anunciava tours "a partir de $ 270", cerca de $ 3.700 em dólares de hoje.

Ainda assim, os visitantes empreenderam a viagem, e o comitê de boas-vindas começaria a se instalar no porto de Honolulu sob a Torre Aloha assim que o navio fosse avistado contornando Le'ahi (Diamond Head).

Os colares de flores frescas seriam entregues ao navio no barco-piloto e distribuídos entre os passageiros, que estariam todos usando colares de lei quando o navio fosse transportado para o porto para as boas-vindas de músicos e dançarinos de hula. Em terra, havia mais lei para os hóspedes que chegavam e, claro, um cordial "Aloha!"

A logística em terra era mais fácil para os viajantes naquela época. Os hotéis de Waikiki providenciariam transporte de e para o cais para passageiros e bagagens, mas está longe de ser a confusão que se vive hoje. No início da década de 1920, o número de visitantes variava de 8.000 a 12.000 chegadas por ano - compare isso com as chegadas de 18.000 passageiros diárias no Aeroporto Internacional de Honolulu em 2018.

O aluguel de carros não era comum até depois da guerra, mas o transporte público na ilha de O'ahu já estava bem estabelecido. Os bondes iam de Waikiki a Honolulu, e a rede de ferrovias que apoiavam os carregamentos de cana-de-açúcar e abacaxi para o porto também era usada para trens turísticos para o chalé em Hale'iwa.

Muitos visitantes, especialmente aqueles que planejam estadias mais longas, trouxeram seus automóveis com eles no forro da Matson, permitindo-lhes explorar os bairros então subdesenvolvidos de Aina Haina e Hawai'i Kai, bem como os subúrbios a barlavento de Kailua e Waimanalo.

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. Quando o edifício foi concluído em 1927, os banheiros privativos ainda não eram padrão, embora o hotel tivesse uma porcentagem maior de quartos com banheiros privativos do que muitos hotéis contemporâneos. O Royal Hawaiian tinha até um "elevador para banhistas" separado para os hóspedes que não queriam enfrentar as passagens regulares do hotel em seus trajes de praia.

Os 400 quartos do hotel foram decorados com tapetes importados e portas internas com venezianas para permitir que brisas cruzadas resfriassem os quartos de hóspedes naqueles tempos de pré-ar-condicionado. Ao contrário de hoje, os melhores quartos oferecem vista para o jardim, pois o surfe e as vistas do oceano eram a última coisa que os viajantes queriam após desembarcar de uma longa viagem oceânica.

Convidados famintos podiam tomar o chá da tarde no Moana ou no Royal Hawaiian (servido por mulheres vestidas de quimono no último, prática que terminou durante a noite em 7 de dezembro de 1941). Os cardápios do dia eram decididamente não havaianos, apresentando comidas e receitas importadas, como presunto e frango prensado em gelatina, borsch ucraniano, língua de boi cozida, cordeiro primavera ou fígado e cebolas.

Ainda assim, houve alguns acenos locais: além de frutas de clima decididamente temperado como maçãs, uvas, peras e morangos, havia abacaxi fresco e "papaia" (mamão) e sorvete feito com cocos do próprio pomar do hotel. Outros tesouros locais, como poi e geleia de goiaba, também apareceram nos primeiros menus.

O advento do transporte confiável a jato após a guerra mudou o turismo no Havaí para sempre. Waikiki experimentou um boom de construção depois que voos a jato acessíveis atraíram turistas de todo o mundo, mas tanto o Moana quanto o Royal Hawaiian permanecem em suas pegadas originais, embora ladeados por enormes torres de hotéis (ambas as propriedades também se expandiram e construíram torres contemporâneas próprias durante a década de 1960).

Hoje, o aluguel de carros é abundante e os menus estão repletos da culinária regional do Havaí. Os hóspedes voam para estadias muitas vezes curtas como fins de semana prolongados e tanto o chalé em Hale'iwa quanto a ferrovia para chegar lá foram demolidos há muito tempo.

Mas os hóspedes ainda podem tomar o chá da tarde no Moana e ainda descansar no elevador para banhistas do Royal Hawaiian, passando por saguões que se parecem muito com quando os hotéis foram abertos.

Com uma calmaria momentânea na multidão e um filtro vintage do Instagram, quase dá para sentir aquela época de ouro novamente.


A História do Turismo do Havaí

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. (foto cortesia de Scott Laird)

Embora o termo nunca seja acompanhado de um período específico, viajantes e residentes do Havaí costumam fazer poesia sobre o "Antigo Havaí". Para alguns, "Old Hawai'i" refere-se ao tempo antes do contato europeu, ou quando Hawai'i era um reino soberano. Outras referências ao "Antigo Havaí" podem ser o renascimento da indústria do turismo ou os anos de crescimento após a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Em muitas imaginações, os anos dourados do turismo no Havaí são considerados as décadas de 1920 e 1930, quando havia apenas dois hotéis em Waikiki e a maioria dos visitantes chegava por mar. A música e a cultura havaiana tinham, então, começado a capturar a imaginação do continente, e a música Aloha ‘Oe, escrita pela Rainha Lili'uokalani foi um sucesso em todo o mundo.

A partir de 1935, o popular programa de rádio Hawai'i Calls, gravado sob a figueira-da-índia no Moana Hotel, transmitia música havaiana diretamente para salas de estar nos Estados Unidos. Os ouvintes de rádio podiam passar as tardes de domingo ouvindo cantores locais famosos como Alfred Apaka e Haunani Kahalewai, enquanto o apresentador Webley Edwards exaltava o “surf e areia na praia de Waikiki”.

Depois de tanto entretenimento, não é difícil entender como os americanos com recursos decidiram fazer uma viagem. Uma coisa divertida de se fazer ao visitar Waikiki, principalmente o Royal Hawaiian ou o que é hoje o Moana Surfrider, é imaginar como deve ter sido ser um turista naqueles prédios nas primeiras décadas do século XX.

O turismo na época estava a mundos de distância do que os viajantes estão acostumados hoje. A aviação estava em sua infância. Um voo sem escalas entre o Havaí e a Costa Oeste não seria realizado até que o serviço de linha aérea regular de 1927 levasse quase mais uma década.

Naquela época, os passageiros chegavam por mar - muitos deles a bordo de um navio de passageiros da Matson Line, construído propositadamente para o crescente comércio de turismo no Havaí. As viagens ao Havaí também eram muito mais longas - a viagem só de ida levava quatro dias. Com esse tipo de investimento de tempo, as estadias em hotéis tendem a ser mais longas também.

No mínimo, as férias no Havaí durariam pelo menos duas semanas e, em média, quase um mês - uma parte significativa do tempo em uma época em que as férias remuneradas ainda não eram um benefício de emprego padrão. O dinheiro era outra consideração. Na década de 1920, Matson anunciava tours "a partir de $ 270", cerca de $ 3.700 em dólares de hoje.

Ainda assim, os visitantes empreenderam a viagem, e o comitê de boas-vindas começaria a se instalar no porto de Honolulu sob a famosa Torre Aloha assim que o navio fosse avistado contornando Le'ahi (Diamond Head).

Os colares de flores frescas seriam entregues ao navio no barco-piloto e distribuídos entre os passageiros, que estariam todos usando colares de lei quando o navio fosse transportado para o porto para as boas-vindas de músicos e dançarinos de hula. Em terra, havia mais lei para os hóspedes que chegavam e, claro, um cordial "Aloha!"

A logística em terra era mais fácil para os viajantes naquela época. Os hotéis de Waikiki providenciariam transporte de e para o cais para passageiros e bagagens, mas está longe de ser a confusão que se vive hoje. No início da década de 1920, o número de visitantes variava de 8.000 a 12.000 chegadas por ano - compare isso com as chegadas de 18.000 passageiros diárias no Aeroporto Internacional de Honolulu em 2018.

O aluguel de carros não era comum até depois da guerra, mas o transporte público na ilha de O'ahu já estava bem estabelecido. Os bondes iam de Waikiki a Honolulu, e a rede de ferrovias que apoiavam os carregamentos de cana-de-açúcar e abacaxi para o porto também era usada para trens turísticos para o chalé em Hale'iwa.

Muitos visitantes, especialmente aqueles que planejam estadias mais longas, trouxeram seus automóveis com eles no forro da Matson, permitindo-lhes explorar os bairros então subdesenvolvidos de Aina Haina e Hawai'i Kai, bem como os subúrbios a barlavento de Kailua e Waimanalo.

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. Quando o edifício foi concluído em 1927, os banheiros privativos ainda não eram padrão, embora o hotel tivesse uma porcentagem maior de quartos com banheiros privativos do que muitos hotéis contemporâneos. O Royal Hawaiian tinha até um "elevador para banhistas" separado para os hóspedes que não queriam enfrentar as passagens regulares do hotel em seus trajes de praia.

Os 400 quartos do hotel foram decorados com tapetes importados e portas internas com venezianas para permitir que brisas cruzadas resfriassem os quartos de hóspedes naqueles tempos de pré-ar-condicionado. Ao contrário de hoje, os melhores quartos oferecem vista para o jardim, pois o surfe e as vistas do oceano eram a última coisa que os viajantes queriam após desembarcar de uma longa viagem oceânica.

Convidados famintos podiam tomar o chá da tarde no Moana ou no Royal Hawaiian (servido por mulheres vestidas de quimono no último, prática que terminou durante a noite em 7 de dezembro de 1941). Os cardápios do dia eram decididamente não havaianos, apresentando comidas e receitas importadas, como presunto e frango prensado em gelatina, borsch ucraniano, língua de boi cozida, cordeiro primavera ou fígado e cebolas.

Ainda assim, houve alguns acenos locais: além de frutas de clima decididamente temperado como maçãs, uvas, peras e morangos, havia abacaxi fresco e "papaia" (mamão) e sorvete feito com cocos do próprio pomar do hotel. Outros tesouros locais, como poi e geleia de goiaba, também apareceram nos primeiros menus.

O advento do transporte confiável a jato após a guerra mudou o turismo no Havaí para sempre. Waikiki experimentou um boom de construção depois que voos a jato acessíveis atraíram turistas de todo o mundo, mas tanto o Moana quanto o Royal Hawaiian permanecem em suas pegadas originais, embora ladeados por enormes torres de hotéis (ambas as propriedades também se expandiram e construíram torres contemporâneas próprias durante a década de 1960).

Hoje, o aluguel de carros é abundante e os menus estão repletos da culinária regional do Havaí. Os hóspedes voam para estadias geralmente curtas como longos fins de semana e tanto o chalé em Hale'iwa quanto a ferrovia para chegar lá foram demolidos há muito tempo.

Mas os hóspedes ainda podem tomar o chá da tarde no Moana e ainda descansar no elevador para banhistas do Royal Hawaiian, passando por saguões que se parecem muito com quando os hotéis foram abertos.

Com uma calmaria momentânea na multidão e um filtro vintage do Instagram, quase dá para sentir aquela época de ouro novamente.


A História do Turismo do Havaí

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. (foto cortesia de Scott Laird)

Embora o termo nunca seja acompanhado de um período específico, viajantes e residentes do Havaí costumam fazer poesia sobre o "Velho Havaí". Para alguns, "Old Hawai'i" refere-se ao tempo antes do contato europeu, ou quando Hawai'i era um reino soberano. Outras referências ao "Antigo Havaí" podem ser o renascimento da indústria do turismo ou os anos de crescimento após a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Em muitas imaginações, os anos dourados do turismo no Havaí são considerados as décadas de 1920 e 1930, quando havia apenas dois hotéis em Waikiki e a maioria dos visitantes chegava por mar. A música e a cultura havaiana tinham, então, começado a capturar a imaginação do continente, e a música Aloha ‘Oe, escrita pela Rainha Lili'uokalani foi um sucesso em todo o mundo.

A partir de 1935, o popular programa de rádio Hawai'i Calls, gravado sob a figueira-da-índia no Moana Hotel, transmitia música havaiana diretamente para salas de estar nos Estados Unidos. Os ouvintes de rádio podiam passar as tardes de domingo ouvindo cantores locais famosos como Alfred Apaka e Haunani Kahalewai, enquanto o apresentador Webley Edwards exaltava o “surf e areia na praia de Waikiki”.

Depois de tanto entretenimento, não é difícil entender como os americanos com recursos decidiram fazer uma viagem. Uma coisa divertida de se fazer ao visitar Waikiki, principalmente o Royal Hawaiian ou o que é hoje o Moana Surfrider, é imaginar como deve ter sido ser um turista naqueles prédios nas primeiras décadas do século XX.

O turismo na época estava a mundos de distância do que os viajantes estão acostumados hoje. A aviação estava em sua infância. Um voo sem escalas entre o Havaí e a Costa Oeste não seria realizado até que o serviço de linha aérea regular de 1927 levasse quase mais uma década.

Naquela época, os passageiros chegavam por mar - muitos deles a bordo de um navio de passageiros da Matson Line, propositalmente construído para o crescente comércio de turismo no Havaí. As viagens ao Havaí também eram muito mais longas - a viagem só de ida levava quatro dias. Com esse tipo de investimento de tempo, as estadias em hotéis tendem a ser mais longas também.

No mínimo, as férias no Havaí durariam pelo menos duas semanas e, em média, quase um mês - uma parte significativa do tempo em uma época em que as férias remuneradas ainda não eram um benefício de emprego padrão. O dinheiro era outra consideração. Na década de 1920, Matson anunciava tours "a partir de $ 270", cerca de $ 3.700 em dólares de hoje.

Ainda assim, os visitantes empreenderam a viagem, e o comitê de boas-vindas começaria a se instalar no porto de Honolulu sob a famosa Torre Aloha assim que o navio fosse avistado contornando Le'ahi (Diamond Head).

Os colares de flores frescas seriam entregues ao navio no barco-piloto e distribuídos entre os passageiros, que estariam todos usando colares de lei quando o navio fosse transportado para o porto para as boas-vindas de músicos e dançarinos de hula. Em terra, havia mais lei para os hóspedes que chegavam e, claro, um cordial "Aloha!"

A logística em terra era mais fácil para os viajantes naquela época. Os hotéis de Waikiki providenciariam transporte de e para o cais para passageiros e bagagens, mas está longe de ser a confusão que se vive hoje. No início da década de 1920, o número de visitantes variava de 8.000 a 12.000 chegadas por ano - compare isso com as chegadas de 18.000 passageiros diárias no Aeroporto Internacional de Honolulu em 2018.

O aluguel de carros não era comum até depois da guerra, mas o transporte público na ilha de O'ahu já estava bem estabelecido. Os bondes iam de Waikiki a Honolulu, e a rede de ferrovias que apoiavam os carregamentos de cana-de-açúcar e abacaxi para o porto também era usada para trens turísticos para o chalé em Hale'iwa.

Muitos visitantes, especialmente aqueles que planejam estadias mais longas, trouxeram seus automóveis com eles no forro da Matson, permitindo-lhes explorar os bairros então subdesenvolvidos de Aina Haina e Hawai'i Kai, bem como os subúrbios a barlavento de Kailua e Waimanalo.

Hotéis como o Royal Hawaiian têm a mesma aparência de hoje no exterior, embora os interiores tenham mudado significativamente para acomodar os viajantes modernos. Quando o edifício foi concluído em 1927, os banheiros privativos ainda não eram padrão, embora o hotel tivesse uma porcentagem maior de quartos com banheiros privativos do que muitos hotéis contemporâneos. O Royal Hawaiian tinha até um "elevador para banhistas" separado para os hóspedes que não queriam enfrentar as passagens regulares do hotel em seus trajes de praia.

Os 400 quartos do hotel foram decorados com tapetes importados e portas internas com venezianas para permitir que a brisa cruzada resfriasse os quartos de hóspedes naqueles tempos de pré-ar-condicionado. Ao contrário de hoje, os melhores quartos oferecem vista para o jardim, pois o surfe e as vistas do oceano eram a última coisa que os viajantes queriam após desembarcar de uma longa viagem oceânica.

Convidados famintos podiam tomar o chá da tarde no Moana ou no Royal Hawaiian (servido por mulheres vestidas de quimono no último, prática que terminou durante a noite em 7 de dezembro de 1941). Os menus do dia eram decididamente não havaianos, apresentando comidas e receitas importadas, como presunto e frango prensado em gelatina, borsch ucraniano, língua de boi cozida, cordeiro primavera ou fígado e cebolas.

Ainda assim, houve alguns acenos locais: além de frutas de clima decididamente temperado como maçãs, uvas, peras e morangos, havia abacaxi fresco e "papaia" (mamão) e sorvete feito com cocos do próprio pomar do hotel. Outros tesouros locais, como poi e geleia de goiaba, também apareceram nos primeiros menus.

O advento do transporte confiável a jato após a guerra mudou o turismo no Havaí para sempre. Waikiki experimentou um boom de construção depois que voos a jato acessíveis atraíram turistas de todo o mundo, mas tanto o Moana quanto o Royal Hawaiian permanecem em suas pegadas originais, embora ladeados por enormes torres de hotéis (ambas as propriedades também se expandiram e construíram torres contemporâneas próprias durante a década de 1960).

Hoje, o aluguel de carros é abundante e os menus estão repletos de cozinha regional do Havaí. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.


The History of Hawaii Tourism

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. (photo courtesy of Scott Laird)

Although the term is never quite accompanied with a specific period, travelers and Hawai‘i residents alike often wax poetic about “Old Hawai‘i.” To some, “Old Hawai‘i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai‘i was a sovereign kingdom. Other “Old Hawai‘i” references might be the naissance of the tourism industry or the growth years following the Second World War.

In many imaginations, the golden years of Hawai‘i tourism are considered to be the 1920s and 1930s, when there were but two hotels in Waikiki and the majority of visitors arrived by sea. Hawaiian music and culture had, by then, begun to capture mainland imaginations, and the song Aloha ‘Oe, written by Queen Lili‘uokalani was a smash hit the world over.

From 1935, the popular radio show Hawai‘i Calls, recorded underneath the banyan tree at the Moana Hotel, beamed Hawaiian music directly into living rooms across the United States. Radio listeners could spend their Sunday afternoons listening to noted local singers like Alfred Apaka and Haunani Kahalewai while host Webley Edwards exalted about the “surf and sand at the beach at Waikiki”.

After such entertainment, it’s not difficult to understand how Americans with means decided to take a trip. A fun thing to do when visiting Waikiki, particularly the Royal Hawaiian or what is today the Moana Surfrider, is to imagine what it must have been like to be a tourist in those very buildings in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Tourism at the time was worlds away from what travelers are accustomed to today. Aviation was in its infancy. A nonstop flight between Hawai‘i and the West Coast wouldn’t be accomplished until 1927 scheduled airline service took nearly another decade.

In those days, passengers arrived by sea—many of them onboard a Matson Line passenger ship, purposely built for the growing Hawai‘i tourism trade. Journeys to Hawai‘i were also much longer—the one-way voyage alone took four days. With that kind of time investment, hotel stays tended to be longer, too.

At minimum, a vacation to Hawai‘i would be at least two weeks, and average closer to a month—a significant chunk of time in an era when paid vacations were not yet a standard employment benefit. Money was another consideration. In the 1920’s Matson advertised tours “from $270”, around $3700 in today’s dollars.

Still, visitors undertook the voyage, and the welcoming committee would start setting up at the Honolulu Harbor underneath the landmark Aloha Tower as soon as the ship was spotted rounding Le‘ahi (Diamond Head).

Fresh flower lei would be delivered to the ship on the pilot boat and distributed among the passengers, who would all be wearing lei as the ship was warped into the harbor to the welcome of musicians and hula dancers. Shoreside, there were more lei for arriving guests, and of course a hearty “Aloha!”

Shoreside logistics were easier for travelers in those days. Waikiki hotels would arrange transportation to and from the pier for passengers and luggage, but it’s far from the crush one experiences today. In the early 1920s visitor numbers ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 arrivals annually—compare that with the 18,000 daily passenger arrivals at Honolulu International Airport in 2018.

Car rentals weren’t commonplace until after the War, but public transport on the island of O‘ahu was already well established. Streetcars ran from Waikiki to Honolulu, and the network of railways supporting sugarcane and pineapple shipments to the port was also used for tourist trains to the lodge at Hale‘iwa.

Many visitors, particularly those planning longer stays, brought their automobiles with them on the Matson liner, allowing them to explore the then-undeveloped neighborhoods of Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai, as well as the windward suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo.

Hotels like the Royal Hawaiian look much as they do today on the exterior, although interiors have changed significantly to accommodate modern travelers. When the building was completed in 1927, en suite baths were not yet standard, although the hotel had a higher percentage of rooms with private baths than many contemporary hotels. The Royal Hawaiian even had a separate “bathers’ elevator” for guests who did not want to brave the regular hotel passageways in their beach attire.

The hotel’s 400 rooms were furnished with imported rugs and featured louvered interior doors to allow cross breezes to cool the guest rooms in those pre-air-conditioned times. Unlike today, the best rooms featured garden views, for crashing surf and ocean vistas were the last thing travelers wanted after disembarking from a long ocean voyage.

Hungry guests could partake in afternoon tea at either the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian (served by kimono-clad ladies at the latter, a practice that ended overnight on December 7, 1941). Menus of the day were decidedly un-Hawaiian, featuring imported foods and recipes such as ham and chicken pressed in aspic, Ukrainian Borsch, boiled ox tongue, spring lamb, or liver and onions.

Still, there were some local nods: in addition to decidedly temperate weather fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and strawberries, there was fresh pineapple and “papaia” (papaya) and ice cream made with coconuts from the hotel’s own grove. Other local treasures like poi and guava jelly also crept onto early menus.

The advent of reliable jet transportation after the war changed Hawai‘i tourism forever. Waikiki experienced a building boom after affordable jet flights drew tourists from around the globe, but both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian endure in their original footprints, albeit flanked by massive high rise hotel towers (both properties also expanded and built contemporary towers of their own during the 1960s).

Today, car rentals are abundant and menus are chock full of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Guests fly in for stays often as short as long weekends and both the lodge at Hale’iwa and the railway to get there have long since been torn down.

But guests can still have afternoon tea at the Moana, and still take respite in the bathers’ elevator at the Royal Hawaiian, passing through lobbies that look much as they did when the hotels opened.

With a momentary lull in the crowd and a vintage Instagram filter, it can almost feel like that golden age again.