Modest Waikiki #3

Modest Waikiki - Honolulu, Hawaii

Modest Waikiki – Honolulu, Hawaii

For the third and last post in this mini-series, I feature Tropic Surf, a 4-story apartment completed in 1960. Located on the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kalaimoku Street, it’s next door to the building I talked about yesterday.

Given the shabby condition of the adjoining lot, you might be surprised that it’s across the street from one of Waikiki’s swankiest developments — the Ritz-Carlton Residences. I’ve talked about the Ritz before and have posted a few photos.

I wonder if the well-heeled who stay at the Ritz even notice this neighborhood. The amenity deck faces the other way, towards the ocean. Driving up to entry and talking the elevators up can shield you from the realities around you. Only if you walk the neighborhood. You might notice these things.

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