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Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

The First Lady of Waikiki

 
 
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By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
1. The First Lady of Waikiki Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  The Moana Hotel opened on March 11, 1901 as Waikiki’s first hotel. Affectionately called “The First Lady of Waikiki,” this iconic resort embraces true Hawaiian hospitality. Walter Chamberlain Peacock, the original owner of the Moana Hotel, opened its elegant doors to the public offering 75 rooms at a costly $1.50 per night. The Lucas Brothers, known for their magnificent construction of Iolani Palace, were hired as contractors.

One of the many memories the Moana Surfrider shares is the word famous radio show Hawai’i Calls which aired from 1935 to 1975. The show broadcasted weekly from the resort’s Banyan Courtyard beneath the iconic banyan tree.

In 1932, the owner of the Royal Hawaiian, Matson Navigation Company bought the Moana Hotel for $1.6 million Matson continued to operate both premier resorts until 1959 when it sold them to the Sheraton Hotel chain, the same year Hawai’i entered statehood. 1959 was also the first year of jet airline service to the islands.

Today the Moana Surfrider continues to perpetuate Hawaiin hospitality and the island’s deep rooted heritage as a Westin Resort & Spa.
 
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The First Lady of Waikiki Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
2. The First Lady of Waikiki Marker
Westin Resort & Spa, Moana Hotel. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Location. 21° 16.596′ N, 157° 49.595′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Kalakaua Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stones Of Life (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (about 600 feet away); Victoria Kawekiu F Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapu Ka’iulani Cleghorn (about 800 feet away); Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mahiole (approx. 0.4 miles away); Helumoa (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kawehewehe (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waikiki (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
 
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The First Lady of Waikiki Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
3. The First Lady of Waikiki Marker
The First Lady of Waikiki Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
4. The First Lady of Waikiki Marker
The First Lady of Waikiki Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
5. The First Lady of Waikiki Marker
<i>Moana Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
6. Moana Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6. submitted on April 15, 2018. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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