HONOLULU—Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort completed a $7-million renovation of its Tapa Conference Center, which includes the Tapa Ballroom, Palace Lounge, Honolulu Suites and Iolani Suites. The new 16,536-sq.-ft. ballroom, which was completed on April 10, features a redesign inspired by patterns of Hawaiian tapa or kapa cloth expressed through color, images, textures, patterns and artwork by local artists.
Tracy Walker, general manager, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, stated, “Our goal was for groups to still feel a strong Hawaii sense of place that is inspiring for a productive meeting or celebration.”
The interior design was handled by Honolulu-based Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc., and reflects a balance between Hawaiian cultural art forms and a modernized environment, according to the hotel. The design team conducted extensive research at Bishop Museum, a natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, and worked with local experts on traditional tapa to accurately represent the traditional patterns and colors.
A large tapa-inspired three-dimensional relief sculpture, commissioned by local artists Georg James and John Dinsmore, is the new focal point of the space. Supporting artwork includes a collection of tapa cloth in koa frames featured throughout the ballroom.
Tapa patterns are also the inspiration for new carpeting, incorporating natural tones reminiscent of the dye colors used by Native Hawaiians, including warm browns, greys, and accents of burnt sienna. Other design elements include new lighting, including dramatic ballroom chandeliers. Organic grillwork patterns surround light fixtures and natural, earthy colors carry throughout the elevator lobby and Palace Lounge. Accents including natural-edge wood tables, coconut vases, organic woven textures, natural metals and wood finishes are meant to evoke the surroundings of ancient Hawaii. Bench seating throughout has recreated tapa carvings reminiscent of the tapa beating sticks used for printing on the bark cloth.