Saturday, June 16, 2012

Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk: Touches of Hawaii

A set of hula girls lamps on nightstands accent the bedroom.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
This is one of a series of posts covering aspects of the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk.

A hotel room in Hawaii is an unusual thing. How do you apply a feel of the island without it being a kitschy take of room that could be part of tropical theme hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The room designers of the suites at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk has accomplished that balance through color and placement of decorative furnishings. The Hawaii theme is obvious but still tasteful.

I tried to see how many different touches of the tropics is in the room and for fun decided to include them in one post through pictures. If one element that will be criticized it would the hula girl lamps in the bedroom. At least they don't wobble back and forth.

The curtain embroidered with palm trees. 

Pineapples are woven into the sofa bed fabric covering. 

The same fabric from the sofa bed, albeit just a strip, adorns the office chair. 

The frame of this living mirror is carved with hibiscus flowers and leaves. The lamp is a gourd similar to the "ipu" used by hula dancers.

Palm fronds decorate the legs of the living room coffee table. But I say they look more like banana leaves.

 The headboard cornice is adored with a decorative feature that resembles the fruit of a pineapple.

The bed scarf fabric design does not scream "loud aloha shirt".

The carpet includes renderings of palm trees.

Artwork #1: In the bedroom. This one is fun featuring flip flops, the official footwear of Hawaii. 

Artwork #2: In the living room. A trio of male hula dancers dressed in the manner associated with the kahiko (ancient hula).

Artwork #3: In the living room. Female hula dancers. See the ipu gourd that matches the based of one of the lambs in the living room. 

Artwork #4: In the living room. A kumu hula (person qualified to teach hula) performing a chant. Behind her are kahilis (feathered standards). 

The kleenex box in the bathroom is wrapped in a woven leave fabric. I'm not sure if the material is authentic lauhala (leaves from the hala tree also known as pandanus).

The wallpaper in the bathroom features a print of fronds common in tropical plants. 

Finally on the coffee table is a hard cover book about Hawaii featuring hula dancers on its cover.
(above photos: TheHopefulTraveler)


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