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Hawaii Theatre

The beautiful, restored Hawaii Theater, located on the edge of Chinatown in Honolulu, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2022.

“The Pride of the Pacific”, designed by architects Walter Emory and Marshall Webb, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Although beautiful on the inside, with a Lionel Walden mural above the stage, and a gold domed ceiling, for us, the main attraction can be seen easily from street, and is beautiful by day and stunning by night - we are, of course talking about the restored neon signage which was originally installed in the late 1930’s. (actually, to be honest, the original signage was beyond repair, and what you see today is an exact replica of the 1930’s signage, and also some newer display panels)

Wrapping around the building and enhanced by a canopy underlit by a myriad of light globes, this signage is the largest neon display in all of Hawaii.

Following the theaters two year multi-million-dollar restoration in the 1990’s, it received several awards, including the National Trusts “honor award” , and was named The Outstanding Historic Theater in America by The League of Historic American Theaters.

As the last surviving operating theater in Hawaii, the Hawaii Theater and all its neon glory are highly recommended.


Hawaii #7 -last visited May 2023

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