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Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Great Houses and Tropical Gardens of HAWAII
February 11- 17, 2012
Arranged by Classical Excursions
Join us on the Institute's premiere tour of the Hawaiian Islands, where you
will be introduced to the diverse and very unique Hawaiian style, from the very
first and simple Hawaiian thatched huts called Hale, which were built on the
islands some 1500 years ago, to the Missionary Period of the 19th century, when
the first prefabricated house arrived from New England, and to the Golden Age of
Hawaiian Architecture of the Roaring 1920s, known as the Territorial Period. It
was the time when such prominent architects as David Adler, Warren & Wetmore,
Julia Morgan, Hart Wood, C.W. Dickey and Bertram Goodhue were designing houses
and public buildings on Oahu. The architecture of Hawaii is as diverse and
multicultural as the people who populate the islands. This unique tour includes
visits to private houses, public buildings of note, museums, as well as our
nation's only Royal Palace.
Hawaii's population explosion, as well as increased wealth and tourism, which
occurred just after the turn of the 20th century, brought forth the Golden Age
of Hawaiian Architecture. Not unlike the mainland, architects and commissioners
alike initially looked to Europe for inspiration, creating a flux of buildings
in the Beaux Arts, Gothic and Mediterranean styles.
Through the collective efforts of such prolific architects as Dickey, Hart
Wood and Goodhue, a design approach that was appropriate for both the tropical
climate and the distinctively Hawaiian environment was developed. Such features
as the 'Hickey' double pitched hipped roof, lanias or porches, deep roof
overhangs and large open spaces take advantage of the trade winds and remove the
barriers that exist elsewhere between indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a
vernacular style suitable for the islands. This unique six day-exploration of
Classical Hawaii will take the traveler to two of the islands, Oahu and the big
island of Hawaii. The tour is led by DeSoto Brown, Collections Manager of the
Bishop Museum and whose family has lived in Hawaii for generations.
A six-night stay at the luxurious and historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel,
located on the ocean front at Waikiki Beach. The hotel, designed by Warren &
Wetmore and built in the 1920s, still retains much of its original salmon-pink
appearance and elegant features, though updated with all the modern amenities.
A private tour of Doris Duke's famed and exotic Shangri La.
Built on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this was Duke's most private
retreat and was designed and decorated in the Islamic style.
A day on the 'Big Island' with an exclusive visit of
Keawaiki, a private estate comprising of ten acres of black sand
beaches and an artesian spring fed swimming pool carved out of the natural rock.
The houses and outbuildings on the compound are constructed of lava rock and
date from the 1920s.
A tour of the Iolani Palace, built in 1882 and America's only
Royal Palace. It is built in the late Victorian vernacular style with such
neo-classical details as cast iron Corinthian columns. Also included is a visit
to Queen Emma's Summer Palace
Visits to three privately owned houses designed by Bertram Goodhue. One of
these houses has the original Hart Wood pool house intact and an authentic
imported Chinese pagoda.
A reception at the home of one of Hawaii's top interior designers, designed
by Hart Wood.
A private tour and dinner at the Liljestrand House designed
by Vladimir Ossepauf in 1952 and remaining unchanged since then. The house is
considered one of the purest examples of Ossepauf's work with the original
furniture designed by the architect still in place
The Kawaiaha Church, from 1837, is considered Hawaii's most
significant architectural contribution from the Missionary Period. Built of
14,000 coral blocks cut from reefs located some 10-20 feet below surface, the
church took five years to build. It is known as Hawaii's Westminster Abbey.
Honolulu Hale (City Hall), from 1929 and designed by
C.W.Dickey and Hart Wood, is in the California Mission Style.
A private visit to La Pietra, designed in 1922 by David Adler
as the residence of Walter Dillingham. The house was modeled after La Pietra in
Italy where the Dillinghams were married. Presidents and royalty were
entertained at La Pietra, which is now the Hawaii School for Girls.
A tour of the Honolulu Academy of Art designed in 1927 by
Bertram Goodhue and Hardie Philips. Such features as the massive tiled Hawaiian
roof, entrance arcade, open interior courtyards and use of such local materials
as lava rock make this distinctively Hawaiian.
A visit to Julia Morgan's wonderful Beaux Arts style YWCA
from 1927. This is one of the finest examples of European design adapted for
local use in the Islands.
A curatorial tour of the Bishop Museum. The Bishop Museum
was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess
Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The
Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts
and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions
of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island
An evening Luau on the beach, with Hawaiian food, dance and music.
Tour price: $3850.00 based on double occupancy ($700 single supplement). A
$500 tax deductible donation to ICA included in the tour price.
To register for this exciting winter excursion please contact Lani Please
contact Classical Excursions to reserve a space 413-528-3359 or