The 2019 Docomomo US National Symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Hawaii.


The Hawaii Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners and sponsors.

Mauna Kea Sponsor

Fung Associates, Inc.

Fung Associates, Inc. (FAI) is an award winning design firm with projects encompassing architecture, master planning, interiors, sustainable design, and historic preservation. FAI is also a leader in the preservation, study, and treatment of Hawaii's wide range of architecture, particularly the mid-century Modern Movement.

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Mauna Loa Sponsor

The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club

A swell little spot in Waikiki.

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Haleakala Sponsors

RM Towill Corporation, Inc.

The R. M. TOWILL CORPORATION (RMTC) is one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest locally-owned engineering consultancies.  Founded in 1930, today the firm is 120 employees strong and offers full-service capabilities in civil engineering, wastewater engineering, land surveying and photogrammetric mapping, environmental planning and permitting, construction management and program management.  RMTC’s main office is located in Honolulu, Oahu and since 1979 we have maintained a branch office in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii.  Since its inception, RMTC has completed over 20,000 projects in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Basin. This includes the infrastructure planning and design for most of the major residential developments on Oahu within the past 25 years, over 300 miles of roadway in Hawaii and the Pacific, $350 million in harbor infrastructure, and the upgrade and expansion of the largest wastewater treatment facility in the State.  RMTC services clients from all levels of government as well as a wide range of developers, land owners, and other private firms.  RMTC's experience extends well beyond the State of Hawaii into other areas of the Pacific such as Diego Garcia, the Philippines, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Mexico, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Kwajalein, Palau, American Samoa, Johnston Atoll, Palmyra, Yap, and the Seychelles.

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Middle Management

Kawaikini Kama'aina Sponsors

Hida, Okamoto & Associates, Inc. (HOA)

Hida, Okamoto & Associates, Inc. (HOA) was established in 1987 to provide Civil Engineering Consulting Services. Current staff consists of 4 licensed Civil Engineers, 3 CAD operators and an Administrative Assistant.  Services include conducting feasibility studies, civil engineering design, preparation of  specifications and cost estimates and providing consultation during construction.


Project experience ranges from subdivision, retail, offices, apartments, warehouses, schools, churches, water, sewer and drainage systems, roadways and parking lots. Clients include Private Developers, City and County of Honolulu, Department of Education, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Accounting and General Services, NAVFAC Pacific, NAVFAC Hawaii, Corp of Engineers, and other Architects and Engineering Firms.


AHL is a multi-disciplinary architectural firm with international experience in architecture, planning, and interior design. We see design as a process that identifies essential values, functions and goals. We are passionate about design, and committed to achieving design excellence. We embrace change and have the knowledge to deliver award-winning projects on time and within budget.

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KAI Hawaii, Inc.

KAI Hawaii, Inc. is a full-service structural engineering firm established in 1995, providing

project management, structural engineering, forensic engineering, and special inspection services. We deliver cost-effective, reliable, and innovative solutions by working closely with our clients to produce professional, high quality work products that consistently meet or exceed project schedules, project budgets and expectations. This is accomplished by a highly trained and experienced staff of licensed professional engineers supported by skilled professionals utilizing the latest in computer-assisted design and modeling tools. Our firm is an Employee-Owned Small Business with a total of forty employees.

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Ronald NS Ho & Associates, Inc.

Established in 1978, Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc. is one of Hawaii’s largest electrical engineering consulting firms. We provide electrical engineering services for federal, state and city government agencies and private clients. Our market sectors include public and private building structures, site infrastructure systems, lighting systems, electrical distribution systems, and water and wastewater systems.

As an employee-owned company, we are a service-oriented firm that delivers high-quality, cost-effective and timely projects for our clients. Quality assurance and adhering to schedules are important objectives for our staff.


MASON is an award-winning Hawaii firm, combining architecture, historic consulting, and sustainability. First founded in 1978, the firm is now a thriving multi-disciplined practice. The firm's long history and the large volume of preservation work is indicated by its cumulative experience of over 250 years in this field. Our members are knowledgeable specialists in historic preservation, adaptive use, and sustainability.


We are deeply invested in understanding and perpetuating the cultural and historical resonance of the places we influence. For decades, G70’s mission has been to create exceptional value for our clients and communities. This is achieved by aligning with our client’s dreams, projecting them with farsighted vision for a project’s purpose now and for the future.

The key to G70’s approach is our methodology and work plan. A high quality end product can only be achieved if we work together to focus on obtaining a clear definition of the product which you, the Client, are looking for. It is essential for the success of the project that the method of undertaking it and the organization of the team be clearly established at the initial stage.

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For over 50 years, HONBLUE has been a recognizable and trusted brand in Hawai‘i. HONBLUE consistently thinks beyond the paradigms of a standard printing company, utilizing the best technologies and systems to better serve our clients in diverse industries. Our family of companies includes HONBLUE, Electric Pencil, JET Graphics, Zoombis, and Brue Bar, and encompasses a range of printing and information management products and services for businesses and consumers. We are a family business, locally owned and operated, and an active participant in our community.


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The Laylow

THE LAYLOW WAIKIKI is a secluded oasis within the bustle of Waikiki, where mid-century modern inspiration meets present-day Hawaiian charm – and they get along famously. Here, the carefully crafted aesthetics and handpicked details tell a captivating story about Hawai‘i's melting pot of cultures, the jet-set heyday of 1960s Honolulu, and the ongoing renaissance of Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki.


It’s where venerable service teams up with thoughtful amenities to help comfort and style win the day, every day. For travelers who value things like character and soul, we welcome you to our pacific oasis perched above the bustle of Waikīkī, where the little things add up to an experience that’s exceptional in every way.

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With over 70 years of design expertise, WATG and Wimberly Interiors has become the world's leading design consultants in the hospitality industry. Strategically located in six countries across the globe, we offer integrated design solutions comprising strategy, planning, architecture, landscape and interiors for urban, tourism and resort destinations.

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Franzen Photography

In New York David worked for Ezra Stoller/ ESTO, a renowned architectural photographer. He started Franzen Photography after that apprenticeship, and continued to work out of New York. After establishing himself doing projects around the country and having numerous images published in the architectural trade magazines, he relocated to Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii he’s had the opportunity to diversify extensively into editorial and corporate assignments, though the foundation of David’s business remains architectural/interior work.

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WCIT Architecture

WCIT ARCHITECTURE is an award-winning design firm of internationally trained architects and interior designers. Founded in 2000, WCIT ARCHITECTURE has become Hawai‘i’s leading design consultant specializing in hotel & resort, luxury residential, commercial, educational, vacation-ownership and community-based design & development. The senior partners of WCIT ARCHITECTURE offer the experience gained through the successful completion of design projects throughout the World. From the U.S. Mainland to the South Pacific, from Southeast Asia to the Middle East, it’s partners have created master planned Resorts and acclaimed Architecture consistent with each location’s unique culture, habitat and built vernacular.

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Kamakou Sponsors

Mills + Schnoering Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC is a full service architectural firm dedicated to design that contributes meaningfully to the built environment, and to the preservation of significant historic structures that reflect their time, place, and cultural associations. Our work is focused on cultural buildings of all types, including theatres and museums; public buildings; campus planning and design; and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, with a particular focus on the restoration and adaptive use of mid-century Modern structures. We look for projects that inspire and challenge us, and clients who share our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

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First Hawaiian Bank

First Hawaiian Bank was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Co. and today we are Hawaii’s largest bank offering a comprehensive suite of banking services including online, mobile, residential and commercial loans, wealth management, retirement, and credit cards throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. Known as the bank that says ‘Yes’, we empower our customers with financial solutions to help them achieve personal and business possibilities now and into the future. From purchasing a home or funding college, to starting or growing a business, our bankers and wealth advisors connect people and communities in ways that can truly make a difference. Come see why we believe, It All Starts with Yes.

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EnviroQuest, Inc.

EnviroQuest, Inc. (EQI) is a privately held Hawaii corporation providing a comprehensive range of industrial hygiene, health and safety services to public and private sector clients. With offices in Hawaii and Japan, EQI services projects primarily in Hawaii, Japan, Singapore, and the Southern and Western Pacific.

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MacDonald & Mack Architects

MacDonald & Mack has been a leader and innovator in the historic preservation movement since our founding in 1976. In our forty-plus years of practice, we've worked on iconic structures across the USA, including more than a dozen National Historic Landmarks and over 500 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

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Nagamine Okawa Engineers, Inc.

Nagamine Okawa Engineers is one of the largest pure structural engineering firms in the State of Hawaii providing structural services for over 2,000 projects in the State of Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Diane Ito

Growing up on a farm in Kamuela on the Big Island taught me many things: how to drive a tractor, the importance of cooperation and teamwork – essential when growing up with four brothers, and the value of a job well done.  After graduating from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, I entered the garment industry where I worked for 25 years in both Hawai’i and California. Throughout all of my professional and personal experiences I have found one motto particularly important to live by: PEOPLE FIRST. Earning my Realtor and CRS designations provided me with valuable knowledge and has proven essential in today’s real estate market. I joined Coldwell Banker in 2003.  At Coldwell Banker, I was invited into the International President’s Circle and was among the top 4% of all Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. During that time, I had also achieved the distinction of being named to NRT’s Top 1,000 Sales Associates during many quarters. This meant that I ranked among the top 2% in the company nationally. Currently as a Global Luxury agent with Coldwell Banker, I use my 15+ years of real estate expertise to continue to market to and attract qualified luxury buyers. I specialize in the Manoa area on Oahu and enjoy “Helping Hawaii families come home.” I take pride in marketing and present a home to show its true character; I particularly enjoy mid-century modern style homes and homes with architectural flair. In my free time I am active in several groups, particularly Docomomo, Friends of HiSAM, and my church. I am dedicated to providing real estate expertise with professionalism and integrity.  I view real estate as a team effort and partnership and look forward to working with you in the buying and selling process in the future. I am also a 5-time award winner of the Top 100 Agents in Hawaii by Hawaii Business Magazine.

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InSynergy Engineering, Inc.

lnSynergy Engineering, Inc. has provided Hawai'i and the Pacific Basin with interdisciplinary consulting services for Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Commissioning, and Telecommunications Engineering since 1976. By having licensed Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Protection engineers under one roof, we are able to provide our clients with integrated, well-coordinated, best-value designs. We are the largest locally staffed MEP firm in the State of Hawai'i and we are proud of our local roots, culture, and understanding of design strategies to address Hawai'i's unique tropical climate and limited resources. With our staffing size, we have the capacity to accomplish fast track projects and the flexibility to accomplish projects of any size.

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MCE International, Inc.

MCE International has over 47 years of experience in Hawaii and strive to provide quality mechanical engineering, consulting and design services to meet the client’s needs in a timely manner.  Our quality services and varied experience have provided opportunities to work extensively throughout the State of Hawaii as well as overseas in the Pacific region for the US Military.  MCE continues to offer a wide range of design service for our diverse clientele with an emphasis on energy conservation as well as environmental and cost efficient options.  We are also proud to have completed LEED certified projects with platinum and gold certifications.

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Don Hibbard

J. Uno & Associates, Inc.

J. Uno & Associates, Inc. (UNO) is a Hawaii-based cost engineering and estimating firm founded in 1989. Our mission is to give peace of mind to our clients through cost awareness and management. We support our clientele through a highly collaborative approach and constant communication. Committed to quality, we strategically hone our skills to develop higher standards of excellence. UNO zooms in on the smallest details but always keeps the big picture in focus.

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Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology builds on a legacy of disciplined experimentation in materials and technologies to educate and inspire the next generation of architects and landscape architects. From its landmark campus and home at S. R. Crown Hall, IIT Architecture champions an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is simultaneously local and global in its impact.IIT Architecture students are educated to address complex, contemporary challenges of designing and constructing across all scales. Both faculty and students enjoy a longstanding relationship with professional practice in Chicago, a city with a vibrant history of innovation in architecture, design, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping clients solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world.

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Architectural Resources Group

We are architects, planners, and conservators who believe in the value that history adds to modern life.

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Leahi Sponsors

Brad Inovejas

Coldwell Bankers

Ms. Lisa Van den Heuvel brings to her clients a passion for accomplishing their real estate goals by using her previous business experience in sales, marketing and advertising. Having bought and sold real estate on her own, she also understands her clients' concerns in the ever-changing Hawaii market environment.  As her client, you can expect exceptional service, dedication and a commitment to making your real estate dreams come true!  She demonstrates the same level of service and enthusiasm to all of her clients whether they are first time homebuyers or high end sophisticated real estate purchasers.

She hails from Trinidad, the beautiful sunny island in the Caribbean known for its friendly and helpful people.  She earned a bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.  After graduating, she returned to her tropical island roots in the hot and exciting city of South Beach, Miami, Florida. It was there that she began her hospitality industry career as a group sales manager with Hotel Intercontinental Miami. She is also a Midcentury Modern enthusiast.

Continuing her quest for tropical climates, she relocated to Honolulu eight years ago.  Here she had the pleasure of working as a group sales manager for such well-known companies as Castle Resorts and Hotels; and the prestigious Halekulani.

As a concerned Hawaii resident, she is involved in a wide variety of community activities including the  National Board of  Realtors; AREAA Board of Directors, HIREC Board of Directors, FIABCI Board of Directors, Affiliate Member of the American Institute of Architects, Vice Chair for the East Oahu Regional Meeting, the Honolulu Club; the Academy of Arts; Hawaii Real Estate Investors Club;  Business Network International and Kilauea Monday Night Tennis League.  Lisa is also one of the founding members and President of the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce.

Her love for people -- combined with her extensive hospitality industry experience, passion for Hawaii and real estate -- are just some of the reasons you should choose this competent real estate professional as your Realtor Associate.

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Patcraft is an industry leader in high performance flooring solutions for the commercial market.  At Patcraft, we know that flooring plays an integral role in the built environment which is why we think big and with keen attention to the trends and innovations happening in design every day. The end result is a variety of soft and hard surface flooring that elevate the way we learn, work, heal and interact. 

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Valley of the Temples

Founded in 1963, the spectacular Valley of the Temples Memorial Park boasts 240-acres that attracts thousands of visitors each year with its Zen garden, wild peacocks, meditation pavilion, and Shinji-ike reflection pond teaming with Japanese koi carp. 

Valley of the Temples is home to the new Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. The 10,036 sq. ft. facility is a masterpiece of historic preservation and modern state-of-the-art engineering. It incorporates communications, comfort and convenience technology you won't find anywhere else. Now family and friends can gather for cremation, funeral, burial and reception in one of the most spectacular memorial parks in the world. Valley of the Temples is also home to the magnificent Byodo-In Temple, a cultural landmark that symbolizes Hawaii's rich heritage and historical connection with Japan.

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Rumi Murakami

Created for those who love modern design, recognize quality workmanship and appreciate small-batch availability. At an early age, Rumi spent hours poring over her mother’s Bazaar magazines and recreating designs using makeshift patterns and an old Singer. Influenced deeply by her Japanese heritage and a childhood immersed in the creative counter-culture of Northern California’s Bay Area in the late 1970’s, Rumi’s design philosophy follows a tradition of handcrafting as opposed to high volume production. All patterns and samples are made by Rumi in her Kaka`ako studio. We believe in sustainable and ethical business practices. We believe in supporting other local artists, designers and makers. We believe in nurturing collaborative relationships with highly-skilled individuals and suppliers which allows our small business to continue crafting in Hawai`i.

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Kō Hana Rum

Kō Hana Agricole Rum is meticulously crafted from farm to bottle. We grow single varietals that are hand harvested, pressed to juice and then distilled to perfection — resulting in one of the world’s finest pure cane rums.

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Johnson Brothers

Johnson Brothers is a leading wine, spirits, and beer distributor, providing world class service to customers across the U.S. We’ve been in business for more than 66 years, representing industry-leading suppliers as well as the best local brands.

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Philpotts Interiors

Interior design is more than the making of a space. It is the result of an intimate collaboration between designer and client, working together to enhance environments through an imaginative blend of aesthetic and function. Rooted in Hawaii with a reach across U.S. mainland, and the Pacific, we are artisans of our craft. Inspired by our firm’s legacy and our clients’ unique needs, we synthesize art, craft, and culture to create extraordinary spaces for living and working. Our vision reaches far beyond the walls we’re working within. We design interiors with a deep respect for a property’s unique place in the world. Integrating the indoors and outdoors we create environments that satisfy our innate human desires.

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Midcentury Attic

The newest vintage furniture, home furnishing and carefully curated products all here in Honolulu. Search Local. Shop Local. Live Local.

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Island Distillers

Dave Flinstone of Island distillers is a blender at heart and has approached HAPA vodkas that way as well. A former scuba instructor for seven years in the Caribbean, Dave spent most of his time on the Island of Espanola where he learned the skillful art of blending upon discovering sugarcane spirits that included lots of rums. After a few years of going between the island’s countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, he began taking internships at distilleries and production facilities learning how to make sugarcane spirited of rum and vodka. HAPA means part Hawaiian. Drink better, drink HAPA.

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Andrea Brizzi

Andrea Brizzi was born in Florence, Italy, where he studied Architecture. He did not learn much. Based in both Honolulu and New York, Andrea specializes in the photography of Architecture and Interiors.

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Symposium Partners

Historic Hawaii Foundation

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has a passion for telling stories about people, history and culture through the celebration of historic buildings and communities. HHF explores, preserves and nurtures diverse cultural and historic places and perspectives of Hawai‘i by working to ensure that the heritage of every historical era remains as part of the communities’ civic treasuries as a living, useful part of the present.

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University of Hawaii Manoa School of Architecture

The UHM School of Architecture provides the opportunity for a student to earn an accredited degree in the field of architecture or a professional degree in landscape architecture. The only U.S. school of architecture in the middle of the Pacific region, it has been actively and directly engaged in the life and mission of the Mānoa campus through design/research/outreach efforts on campus and in the community.

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Liljestrand Foundation

The Liljestrand Foundation was created by the Liljestrand family in 2007 to preserve and steward Liljestrand House, a National and Hawaiian landmark on Mount Tantalus overlooking Honolulu. The Liljestrand Foundation builds global awareness of its architectural significance and cultural legacy though publications, guided tours and public programs.

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HiSAM x Mori Art + Flea

The organization believes in providing opportunities for our creative community. Every month, ART + FLEA presents a unique monthly shopping experience for Hawaii’s talented creatives to showcase their goods and talents. Over 60 independent artists, vintage collectors, DIYers, food trucks, handmade aficionados, and fashion designers are featured at each event, drawing an eclectic crowd of shoppers, music and art lovers alike alongside up-and-coming bands, your favorite local DJs.

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Culinary Institute of the Pacific - Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai'i

Rooted in Hawai‘i’s culinary past and present, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head (CIP Diamond Head) is a world-class culinary college dedicated to providing the best culinary education in the Pacific by preparing students to be at the forefront of the burgeoning culinary industry. Different from any other culinary school in the world, CIP Diamond Head provides students with an opportunity to learn and be inspired by a modern Hawai‘i cuisine that is always evolving— a representation of the diversity of our people and the many cooking styles, traditions and ingredients that have been brought to the islands.

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In late 2007, fishcake opened its doors in kakaʻako becoming an active part of the honolulu design scene. a concept store and designer showroom that morphs with the times, fishcake has seen clothing and vintage pop-ups, events, classes, exhibits and even a co-working space and a coffee kiosk. Our tag line is furniture, accessories and art for the home. our first love is contemporary design and artwork by designers, artists and makers of hawaiʻi. as our economy shifts, we look forward to a period of activity where we can help inspire beauty, simplicity, and yes, fun in our living environments.

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Fonts in Paradise

During a Hawaiian vacation in 2011, I began photographing 1960s apartment building signs in Waikiki. Many of these mid-century buildings had once been motels, with idyllic names and leisurely fonts designed to entice vacationing tourists.

Oceanside Manor. The Tradewinds. Tropic Surf.

These swanky typefaces were also used around Honolulu for restaurants, businesses, and local attractions. Some were torn down, some were painted over, but many of these signs still endure and beckon beneath palm trees and tropical sky.

Today, more than 50 years later, they recall for us the breezy optimism of post-war Hawaii. Their weathered letters linger on as loyal, noble monuments to the idea of paradise.

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