We represent a group of over 220 owners became concerned about a decisions by the LG board of directors regarding our beloved property. We united and recalled our board of directors with fine help of Parliamentarian Steve Glanstein. We now use our email list to keep our group of concerned owners together. COLGW raised over $4,ooo in donations of appreciation for four employees who have worked over twenty years. We are grateful to our staff and appreciate there heart felt contribution to our community.
The elegant structural design of its twin towers combined with a park-like setting make Liliuokalani Gardens a stand-out among Waikiki condominium residences. Completed in 1984 on a 2.75-acre site fronting Ala Wai Boulevard, the award-winning project was developed by Hasegawa Komuten for the landowner, Liliuokalani Trust.
The Waikiki home of Queen Liliuokalani and her husband John Dominis was situated on the site from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, then surrounded by duck ponds and taro patches with fisheries along the sandy beachfront. Historical records and artifacts found on the grounds indicate that the couple entertained there.
The property today is lushly landscaped and includes numerous varieties of flowering plants and trees. This includes a 100-year-old banyan, meandering streams and small koi pond. Seventy percent of the property, which includes the 25 story King and Queen Towers and a six story parking structure, has been left in open space. Located in the interior park and courtyard are picnic and lounge areas, a pavilion with kitchen facilities that residents can reserve for private functions, a 30 by 60 foot swimming pool, and spa. Two tennis courts with wind barriers are located on top of the parking structure.
Architects Hawaii incorporated both historical elements and motifs from the surrounding natural environment into the overall design and structural detailing. The black metal fencing around the perimeter of the property, reminiscent of the wrought iron fencing at Iolani Palace, contrasts with the distinctive white arches over the walkways.
The gardens won the complex a beautification award from The Outdoor Circle in 1998. He noted that Architects Hawaii has been recognized with an award from the Waikiki Improvement Association.
In the tower lobbies, which showcase the work of prominent artists and craftsmen, koa trim and planters contrast with polished stainless steel ceilings. The porcelain tile floors are mosaics representing flowing water and sandy shoreline designed by Emiko Mizutani, who also created the swimming pool’s tile mosaic and a water feature in the King Tower lobby. Decorating the walls are murals and paintings by artist Bill Braden, who designed a unique water fountain that replicates a Koolau waterfall. The seating areas in the lobbies overlook the gardens and circular drive…also a special design with its cobblestone-like paving.
The architects have pointed out that the unique design of the two towers, which expand outward at the 18th floor, had a dual purpose – to contribute to the open space and create two bedroom units at a more marketable building level. Together the towers comprise 204 one bedroom/one bath units, 40 two bedroom/two bath units, 138 studios, and 16 penthouses.