OCC Member Profile: Members Alana Kobayashi Pakkala and Jonathan McManus have transformed an Outrigger neighbor.


The Kaimana Beach Hotel opened in 1963, one year before the Outrigger Canoe Club settled into its new home a few doors down.

Designed by Detroit-based architecture firm Laucomer Associates, which had an office in Honolulu, it has long been a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, set on an historic slice of land. Its venerable hau tree, with its branches creating a green canopy, famously shaded a lounging Robert Louis Stevenson (he completed his novel The Master of Ballantrae while in the islands), when he was a guest at the modest, ramshackle San Souci Hotel that operated there from 1893 to 1895.

After a recent change in ownership, the hotel reopened as the Kaimana Beach Hotel on Dec. 22, heralding a new era for the Club's iconic neighbor--with an all-local team, including two Club members, behind it's rebirth.

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Story by Lesa Griffith, Photos by Matt Heirakuji, AMA March/April 2021

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