Sheraton took over in 1959, but sold (also including the Waikiki Sheraton, Princess Kaiulani and Royal hawaiian Hotel) in 1969 to Kenji Osano (Kyo-Ya), although Sheraton continued to manage, till today. Eiko Osano, widow of Kenji, still lives here. There was a $50 million upgrade in 1989, restoring the front to the 1901 appearance:
From only 75 rooms, the complex now includes 793. This is where President Barack Obama's
staff stays for the Winter White House at Christmas time.
That banyan tree that is symbolic of the Moana was planted in 1904 when 7-years old and 7 feet tall The banyan today is 75 feet high, with a diameter of 150 feet. Here is a view of this magnificent tree from my table at the Moana Club.
That's Diamond Head in the background. I'm having a chardonnay at Westin's executive club, which has outdoor tables, where I am, and an extravagant lounge:
Here is the view from my room towards the Waikiki Sheraton, where I'll be staying tomorrow:
I had a Caesar's salad and bottle of Asahi Black with this 35-day dry aged 10 ounce ribeye:
Kenji, you'll love Asahi Black (Kuronama):
The beer was quite dark, and had a more subtle licorice taste than Beck's or Guinness. I thought the steak was a tad tough, but it tasted great. Not quite as fabulous as the Japanese Wagyu Beef from the Chiang Mai Four Seasons, but, for the price, excellent. I paid $100, exactly.