Interior Design by Lowell Tom, Marion Philpotts-Miller & Lynn Arriola


“The warmth of the iconic exterior is brought inside using rich standards classic forms; newly designed, lavishly colored rugs, decorative grillwork and signature lighting set a rich tone,” says Philpotts-Miller. “Updated classic elements pay tribute to the hotel’s majestic heritage with artwork by Eugene Savage, vintage koa furniture, and exotic furnishings reminiscent of the days when steamships regularly brought well-heeled travelers to Hawaii.”


Through historical accuracy and nostalgic images, the arrival felt by visitors of old is recreated by using, “bold greens, pinks and browns mixed with floral carpets, textured wall coverings and vintage photographs.” Guests settle into fresh, elegant rooms reminding themselves that, “the journey is as important as reaching the destination.” The new Royal Hawaiian presents a fresh renovation and a “new style for five-star resorts around the world.” In completion, the old Pink Palace stands revitalized and its facelift makes it a “Modern Day Classic.”


As a “trailblazing designer” in the 1960’s, Mary Philpotts McGrath, her mother and founder, focused on hospitality, resort, high-end residential and commercial projects throughout the U.S., Asia and the Pacific. In its production of immersive interiors, Philpotts has established itself as a translator of local culture attune with modern sensibilities on design and technology that create a true sense of place.


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