THE ARTISTRY OF QK
The Queen Kapiolani Hotel has always been inspired by its past and present, and it shows throughout the hotel. In our reception and corridors, you’ll time travel to Waikiki’s Golden Age through classic posters, photographs and memorabilia. On the second floor, our Royal Art Gallery displays original portraits of Hawaiian royalty, including Queen Kapiolani herself. And in the lobby, check out a new generation of artwork from local artists Mike Field, Nick Kuchar and Katie Borden.
NEW GENERATIONKATIE BORDEN
Katie Borden has enjoyed drawing since childhood. She moved to Hawaii for a summer and ended up staying for 14 years. "Hopefully this mural will brighten your day!”
NEW GENERATIONMIKE FIELD
Mike Field grew up on the beach of Waikīkī and soon found himself sailing and paddling beyond the reefs of O‘ahu to aquatic adventures around the world. “I wanted my mural to tell a story that would be as welcoming and timeless as the hospitality of Waikīkī.
NEW GENERATIONNick Kuchar
Nick Kuchar is inspired by the early days of surfing & beach culture. “I set out to capture some of my favorite things going on day- to-day in Waikīkī … like happy hour overlooking Diamond Head, paddling out at Queen’s and listening to music at the Shell."
History Royal Legacy
Queen Kapiolani was Hawaii’s Queen from 1874 to 1891 and was married to King Kalakaua. She loved art, composed her own music, played polo, surfed, and relished a great party (even traveling to London to attend Queen Victoria’s Jubilee). She loved her people and honored them by establishing the Kapiolani Hospital for Women as one of her great gifts to Hawaii.
History THE GOLDEN AGE
Queen Kapiolani Hotel was a hot spot during the Golden Age of Waikiki – locals and guests gathered here for brunch, dinner, weddings and graduations; its location at the beach was perfect for kama’aina surfing; and its art collection and music programming rivaled that of any hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy up close posters, photographs and memorabilia from the period that inspired the QK lifestyle.
Visit these Golden Age treasures throughout the hotel.
The Legacy ofQueen Kapi'olani
QK Life is about the Hotel’s legacy and culture. The legacy starts with Queen Kapiolani herself. Married to King Kalakaua, she was Hawaii’s Queen from 1874 to 1891, loved art and composed her own music, played polo, surfed, and relished a great party, (even travelling to London to attend Queen Victoria’s Jubilee). She loved her people, and honored her people by establishing Kapiolani Hospital for Women as one of her great gifts to Hawaii.
In 1967, the Hotel was built on royal lands overlooking Kapiolani Park, the State’s greatest park which is named after the Queen herself; for decades the Hotel was the favored place where locals and guests gathered for brunch, dinner, weddings and graduations; its location at the beach was perfect for kama’aina surfing; and its art collection and music programming rivaled that of any hotel in Honolulu.
As the Hotel completes its restoration, it once again brings the beach, art and music into its hospitality culture.