1954 · Honolulu
Set on ten acres of prime Waikiki beachfront, the site of The Royal Hawaiian boasts a majestic lineage. the area was used as a playground for King Kamehameha after he conquered the island of Oahu. Queen Kaahumanu's Summer Palace was previously located on what is now the hotel's Coconut Grove garden. The resort was the brainchild of Ed Tenney, who headed the firm of Castle and Cooke and Matson Navigation, and Matson manager William Roth. the Royal Hawaiian was conceived as a luxurious resort for Matson passengers.
John Kelly (1879-1962) was an American painter and printmaker. He was born in Oakland, California in 1879. He studied art at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (San Francisco), and at the Partington Art School (San Francisco). Kelly worked for fourteen years as an illustrator for the San Francisco Examiner before he and his wife, the sculptor Kate Kelly, went to Hawaii in 1923. Their plan was to stay a year and work for an advertising agency creating material to promote tourism. They fell in love with the islands,and it's people, and stayed permanently. (Inventory #: 4867)