Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, June 4, 2001

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel inspired this miniature
version on King Street.

Pink palace
in miniature

Does this building on King Street look at all familiar?

It's the site of the Original Hawaiian Traders, and it's next door to a hula-supply studio. But your big clue is the structure on top.

Oh yeah, and the fact that the building is pink.

According to neighbors, owners Syl and Mike Kop were enchanted by a certain structure in Waikiki that has symbolized Hawaii for nearly a century. No, not the zoo. Not the park.

You guessed it -- the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. So they got a buddy to constuct this mock-up of the Royal's crown atop their storefront.

And then painted everything pink. Is there a Sherwin-Williams match for Royal Hawaiian Pink?

Burl Burlingame

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