Gold Key – Guestroom Focused Service
The Highlights: Here’s the scene: Originally built in 1957, designed by a local architect named Edwin Bauer, three modest walk-up buildings surround a coffin-shaped pool framed by tall kukui and coconut trees. The 93 guestrooms were designed with small kitchens, and the pool courtyard became the social living space for all its guests. Fast forward to present day, and surprises ensue when renovating old buildings subject to the previous owners’ undocumented repairs. The Vanguard Theory team managed to aggregate the buildings into 32 different guestroom layouts. The shoji screens, one of Bauer’s signature design elements, were beyond repair. To respect his vision, the team designed statement-making headboards inspired by Byobu, or Japanese folding screens.
Design Firm: The Vanguard Theory, Honolulu | Architecture Firm: Workshop-HI, Honolulu | Client: White Sands Owner LLC, Honolulu | Purchasing Firm: Summa International, Honolulu | Operator: Springboard Hospitality | General Contractor: DTC Hawaii | Art & Accessories: Minted; Society 6 | Audio/Visual & Electronics: Conway Electric | Bath & Spa: Kohler | Fabrics: Robert Allen; Valley Forge | Floorcoverings: Shaw Carpet Tiles | Furniture: Amtrend Corporation; Fong Brothers; Limetree Hospitality | Lighting: Remington Lighting | Other: Mirror Image (Mirrors) | Photo: Mark Kushimi