Honolulu, Hawaii

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February 26, 2009

Today, if you tallied the world’s design capitals, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Honolulu. But when it came to modern architecture in the 1950s and ’60s, all eyes were on Hawaii’s capital city.

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  In the shadow of Waikiki’s high-rises, a twilight soccer game unfolds at the Ala Wai Neighborhood Park. The now-polluted Ala Wai Canal was created in the 1920s to drain the swampland that would become Waikiki.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    In the shadow of Waikiki’s high-rises, a twilight soccer game unfolds at the Ala Wai Neighborhood Park. The now-polluted Ala Wai Canal was created in the 1920s to drain the swampland that would become Waikiki.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A bowl of saimin and skewers of chicken satay at Palace Saimin are a tribute to Hawaii’s multiculturalism.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The senate chambers in the State Capitol Building were inspired by the volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian chain

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Surfers await the perfect wave off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest tourist destination since the 1960s.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A crane-dotted night sky over Waikiki’s condos and hotels attests to the city’s recent building boom, as developers rush to accommodate the area’s teeming 4.5 million visitors per year.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A crane-dotted night sky over Waikiki’s condos and hotels attests to the city’s recent building boom, as developers rush to accommodate the area’s teeming 4.5 million visitors per year.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Hidden in a courtyard at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Joanna Lau Sullivan Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat, with its lion-head fountain and fish pond.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Hidden in a courtyard at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Joanna Lau Sullivan Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat, with its lion-head fountain and fish pond.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  When Vladimir Ossipoff’s six-story Hawaiian Life Insurance Building was built in 1951, it was Hawaii’s tallest building. The aluminum fins, originally a pale blue-green but painted in rainbow shades in the ’60s, were designed to reduce sun glare.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    When Vladimir Ossipoff’s six-story Hawaiian Life Insurance Building was built in 1951, it was Hawaii’s tallest building. The aluminum fins, originally a pale blue-green but painted in rainbow shades in the ’60s, were designed to reduce sun glare.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Chinatown’s Hotel Street is the city’s new epicenter for nightlife.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Honolulu IBM BuildingVladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Honolulu IBM Building

    Vladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The meditation gardens at the Contemporary Museum in Makaha are laced with winding paths and unexpected views.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The humpbacked Diamond Head looms behind Waikiki Beach.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Built in 1969, the Hawaii State Capitol is rich in symbolism: The columns recall native coconut palms and refer to the eight major Hawaiian islands.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Built in 1969, the Hawaii State Capitol is rich in symbolism: The columns recall native coconut palms and refer to the eight major Hawaiian islands.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A woman strings kukui nuts and mock orange leaves at Jenny’s Lei Shop in Chinatown.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Men hang out on the street in Chinatown’s market area.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Widely considered Ossipoff’s best religious building, the intimate Thurston Memorial Chapel at the Puna-hou School has native koa wood pews and is built partially over a pond.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Widely considered Ossipoff’s best religious building, the intimate Thurston Memorial Chapel at the Puna-hou School has native koa wood pews and is built partially over a pond.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    At Moanalua Gardens, visitors gape at the giant monkeypod tree, famous in Japan for starring in Hitachi ads.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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