When I first arrived in Hawaii in 1965 you could see the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from Kalakaua Ave. Kalakaua is the main street in Waikiki. You could walk behind the hotel at night sit on the sand as the ocean lapped the shore and listen to Hawaiian music coming from their lanai area.
Now when you walk along Kalakaua you would be hard pressed to see this beauty hidden amongst modern cement building, galleries, and street hawkers. As for the ocean, it’s there but it is hidden behind all building lined streets.
Amelia Earhart on board the Lurline
There was an exhibit of photographs of Amelia Earhart found by Matson Navigation. They showed Amelia on board the Lurline and at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Matson had built the Royal Hawaiian so that the people who cruised on their ships would also have a luxurious place to stay when the arrived in Hawaii.
Amelia with Duke Kahanamoku (who won a gold medal for the 100- yard freestyle in 1912 at Stockholm)This painting by Eugene Savage served as model for the Matson lines Menu covers
Though the tour through the hotel was not full of Christmas it did offer a lot of history, architecture and ambiance. There is much to look at and do if you want to listen to music, take in a Tea, or just enjoy the architecture.
If you would like to see some more of the Matson menu covers here is a site you might want to check out.