AKA: Marriott Renaissance Hotels, Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Jacobsen, John T. , Architect (firm); John Graham Jr. (architect); John Theodore Jacobsen (architect); Lionel Henry Pries (architect)

Dates: constructed 1962-1964

26 stories

Honolulu, HI

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John Graham and Company designed the Y-shaped Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki's first high-rise hotel, for Chinn Ho (1904-1987), a pioneering Asian-American real estate developer, businessman and philanthropist, who owned it until 1974. Marriott International bought the property from Ho, and held it until 2000, calling it the "Ilikai Waikiki Hotel," part of its Marriott's Renaissance brand. Brian Anderson and the Anekona Development Group purchased the hotel part of the complex from Marriott. The hotel, a money loser, changed hands again in 2009, when the New York firm, iStar Financial, took it over. John T. Jacobsen (1903-1998) was the Supervising Architect for John Graham and Company for the Ilikai Hotel.. Jacobsen, a former Seattle, WA, architect, would later relocate to Hawaii and open his own office there, and was active for about two decades. Opened on 02/29/1964, the Ilikai Hotel was located on the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and portions of the complex were later converted to co-operative apartments. Lionel H. Pries (1897-1968), the noted architect and educator at the University of Washington, worked with John Graham and Company from 1959-1963, and worked on the Ilikai's project group. (See Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator, [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007], p. 378.) In 2013, this high-rise contained over 200 hotel rooms, 80 time-share apartments and 586 condominium units.

The Ilikai has undergone many alterations and additions since 1964.

PCAD id: 17582