Midcentury Hawaiian Hotel Interiors

Hotel King Kamehameha, from the collection of Sabu the Coconut Boy
Hotel King Kamehameha, from the collection of Sabu the Coconut Boy

In the 1950s and ’60s, it was common for a hotel to provide its guests with postcards, which would promote the hotel to the folks back home. These postcards provide an excellent look at what staying at these hotels might have been like, with many of the postcards offering views of the hotel room. While a basic hotel room may not sound very exotic, these are no basic hotel rooms — with the variety in the bed and lamp designs, room layouts, and photo staging — it’s quite an exercise in time travel. Tiki ephemera collectors Sabu the Coconut Boy and puamana each have impressive collections of these interior shots, and are sharing them tag-team style on a thread on Tiki Central.

2 thoughts on “Midcentury Hawaiian Hotel Interiors

  1. I agree! I’ll have to ask those guys why they’re removing the old images. Sabu has said he’s interested in letting me archive his collection for Critiki, but I have some code work to do behind the scenes before I’ll be able to handle that scale of photo handling. But it must happen!


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