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Designing Paradise

The Allure of the Hawaiian Resort

Don Hibbard

     10 × 8 in (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
Hardcover
216 pages
170 color illustrations, 84 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568985749


We all have images that pop into our minds when we think of Hawaii: palm trees, grass skirts, pineapples, ocean breezes--Hawaii is the definitive tropical paradise. It seduces and lures with its beauty, charm, hospitality, and comfort to create an almost mythical world of leisure. Nothing illustrates this better than the resorts that dot the Hawaiian landscape. Like portals to paradise on the islands' shores, Hawaiian resorts have left their footprints in the sand and an unforgettable impression upon the world.

In Designing Paradise: The Allure of the Hawaiian Resort author Don Hibbard brings us the complete story of the Hawaiian resort, from its origins as humble thatched taverns housing transient whalers to the elaborately cultivated luxury resort hotels of today. Hibbard examines the motivations that shaped their development, including the critical roles that advances in airplane technology, statehood, and 200 years of advertising and travel writing have played in the evolution of their design.


Don Hibbard served as an architectural historian and director for Hawaii's state historic preservation office for twenty-four years. He is the author of The Role of Rock, a study of popular music as a reflection of youth culture, and The View from Diamond Head, which traced the development of Waikiki from ancient Hawaiian times to the present. Now a freelance researcher, writer, and heritage consultant, he continues to nurture his broad ranging interests in Hawaii's architecture and material culture. He lives with his wife and two children in Kaneohe.


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