THE HISTORY OF THE NAME
"THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL"
The first Royal Hawaiian Hotel was not in Waikiki. It was in downtown Honolulu where the "One Capitol" building now stands.
In 1872, King Kamehameha V built the first "Royal Hawaiian Hotel" at the corner of Richards and Hotel Street. He added the "Royal" to the name to give it a regal feel.
By the 1900s, the Royal Hawaiian lost its guests to the newer Alexander Young hotel blocks away. The downtown Royal Hawaiian was converted to a YMCA building in 1917. The building was demolished in 1926, and a new YMCA in a similar style was built in its place.
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HISTORIC HAWAI‘I FOUNDATION
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The orginal Royal Hawaiian Hotel was located at Richards and Hotel Street in Downtown Honolulu. It was was demolished in 1926. Photos courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives.