Moana Hotel was originally constructed in 1901. The original four-story wood structure, designed by Oliver G. Traphagen, features an elaborately designed lobby which extends to open lanais and is open to the Banyan Court and the sea. A five-story concrete addition was added in 1918, changing the floor plan from a simple rectangle to the present H-shaped plan that encloses the Banyan Court on three sides. The structure is a combination of colonial clapboard and Victorian styling. The Moana Hotel is significant in the history of the architectural development of Waikiki. The original wooden center structure of the Moana Hotel is the oldest existing hotel in Waikiki. The Moana was one of the earliest “high-rise” buildings in Hawaii and was the costliest and most elaborate hotel in the islands.
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