Marriott completes $40-million renovation of The Waikiki Edition

HONOLULU, Hawaii —Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction has completed a major renovation of The Waikiki Edition, formerly the Ilikai Yacht Harbor Tower costing more than $40 million.

Operated by Marriott International as part of its newest brand, Edition, the 17-story hotel, originally built in 1967, is located at the intersection of Ala Moana Blvd. and Hobron Lane and is owned by M Waikiki LLC of San Diego.

At completion, R.D. Olson had renovated 353 guest rooms; a 9,200-square-foot ballroom and 4,000-square-foot pre-function area; 2,500-square-foot lobby and lobby bar; two pools totaling 23,000-square feet with associated pool bars, a 2,000 square-foot spa, fitness center, over 4,000 square-feet of meeting rooms/space; and a restaurant named after well-known “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto.


Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto, Canada was the interior designer for the renovations, giving it a decidedly new tropical style featuring louvers and wood finishes made of dark teak and Mozambique woods standing in contrast with the room’s white walls. Each suite has a lanai with sweeping ocean views and has been upgraded with flat screen TVs and Internet access.

The lobby and the lobby bar feature black oak floors, white oak and whitewashed walls lined with bookcases and organic free form furnishings. R.D. Olson also built an adjoining nightclub named Crazy Box, featuring a VIP area, bar and lounge with walls plastered in a foiled silver finish. A focal point is a hanging light best described as a cloud with more than sixteen thousand light bulbs offering a subtle glow.

The ballroom is one of three in operation within the Honolulu area featuring additional work by R.D. Olson with oak wood finishings, wall coverings and carpet as well as an array of Chinese lanterns hanging from the wooden beams. Olson also gave the lower pool a face-lift with new IPE decking, and built a new upper pool featuring pebble stone walkways, beach sand, and a walk-up bar.

Two San Diego County-based architectural firms are credited with the hotel’s new contemporary design. Solomon Ferguson developed plans for the guest rooms, and Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker has its signature on the public spaces including a lobby, lobby bar, nightclub, ballroom, Morimoto’s restaurant and two pools. Yabu Pushelberg was responsible for the entire interior design renovations, with the exception of the Morimoto restaurant, which was designed by the well-known Los Angeles firm, Thomas Schoos Design.

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