The Ilikai Apartment Building

The Ilikai is a landmark oceanfront high rise hotel and condominium at the western end of Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawai’i. When it opened in 1964, the Ilikai was the first luxury high rise hotel in Hawai’i.

The Ilikai is also well known, outside of Honolulu travelers and residents, for appearing prominently in the opening credits of the long running TV series Hawaii Five-O.

The Ilikai was the idea of Chinn Ho, a self made millionaire. The building was designed by John Graham, Jr., who also designed the Seattle Space Needle. The original building features three wings radiating from a central point in a “Y” shape. Another unique architectural feature is the external glass elevator, which runs express to the top floor. A shorter single wing building was added later, across the open air lobby and pool.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan (1968) are some of the many celebrities who have stayed in the Ilikai Hotel.