Callison masterfully repositioned the Royal Hawaiian Center from an old, dark, outdated center dominated by heavy concrete into an upscale lifestyle center bathed in light and featuring locally inspired design elements. The center's pedestrian traffic now flows outdoors and more intimately connects with palm trees and tiki torches. Several lanai decks feature vistas of the surrounding area. The use of extended beams and trellises provide a natural filter to the bright Hawaiian sun. One judge called it an “impressive transformation from a brutalist box to a textured, animated retail experience.” Another called it a “perfect example” of how to turn an outdated and inward- focused center into something much better.
Royal Hawaiian Center
310,000 square feet
The Festival Cos., Kamehameha Schools
WATG, Architects Hawaii
Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
Wilson Okamoto & Associates
Mechanical, Engineering, Plumbing
Schnackel Engineers Inc.
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design Inc.
Walters, Kimura, Motoda Inc.