Grand Columns

Grand Columns, Moana Surfrider - Honolulu, Hawaii

Grand Columns, Moana Surfrider – Honolulu, Hawaii

Continuing with the story from two days ago, I have one more picture of the Moana Surfrider. These columns at the front of the hotel are one of the most defining elements. They form a generous porte-cochere carved with Ionic details.

When seen in isolation, these columns conjure up the romantic, slow-paced world at the turn of the 20th century. Only the super affluent traveled back then, and I could imagine a peaceful, bucolic life in the country. Modern-day Waikiki is dramatically different. If I were to include the street level, it would be choked with taxis and Uber drivers. The illusion of the old world would be overshadowed by the cacophony of modern life.

The power of photography is to selectively frame. What you include within that frame dramatically changes the story. Yes, the grandness of this 1901 hotel is still there. You just have to get past the distractions to see the past.

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