Talk Story #15 – "Hawaii Calls" Us Still to Waikiki and a Life of Aloha
Now dwarfed and surrounded by tall buildings, it was 110 years ago this month the Moana Hotel (now Moana Surfrider) became Hawaii’s very first ‘high rise,’ a magnificent 5 stories tall! It was the biggest and most exciting building on Waikiki Beach. Adjacent to the hotel was a stream which emptied into the ocean, when the Ala Wai Canal was constructed about 10 years later, that stream was redirected and the beach area of Waikiki became a separate entity, for it now had a firm boundary from the rest of Honolulu.
The elegant ‘Pink Palace’ called the Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened in 1927. Waikiki was becoming quite famous, but even more so when in 1937, during those sad depression years and on into the difficult war years, millions across America were able to listen to a live broadcast called “Hawai’i Calls” from the Banyon Court at the Moana Hotel, and their image of that faraway tropical dream was evolving.
I was a fortunate I was here, and lived it. As a carefree little girl in the turning decade after the war ended, my mother would have her special treat and tea on the veranda, or by the large banyon tree, and enjoy the live entertainment while my brother and I played on the beach.
One year, around Christmas time, we got up really close to the mike where it was located to catch the “sounds of the waves at Waikiki” and together we yelled, “Hello Grandma, Merry Christmas!” and sure enough, back in Illinois, our grandparents were positive they had heard us on their radio!
Memories are easy to make, so why not start yours now? If Hawaii beckons you, and it is a perfect time to decide on having that vacation or primary residence, then let’s “talk story” about what you are really wanting and how I can assist you in obtaining it. There is a wide variety of available properties, just contact me, and I will be most happy to provide you a personal gallery to consider prior to our meeting. The beaches, sunsets, warmth, and rainbows are free!
I send you some music now of Kaimana Hila Leon, Malia Koa to relax and enjoy. Hoping to hear from you, until then, Aloha, Jeanne.
Note: In Hawaii, there is often a gathering of family and friends, and in a casual way, stories are told of that days happenings, or past events. We call it “Talk Story.” My continued series will be about different places around Oahu with a bit of their history, and the many opportunities for you today. I would love to hear about your personal Hawaii memories to share, perhaps during the territorial days, like I was, growing up out Koko Head way. Hawaii is a special place and so are the people. Follow me as we discover a lifestyle best suited for YOU. Whether it is a new military move, a casual beach house, a downsized retirement home, a golf course fronted resort home-away-from-home, a grand residence with superb view, or a high rise condominium, the choices and the Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers resources are many. Contact me, let us “talk story!”