August 3rd, 2017 by Darcy

The beach where the monk seal birth occurred is called Kaimana beach, this is the prime beach of the Gold Coast of Honolulu. Located across from Kapiolani park this neighborhood is beach or oceanfront.

There are seventeen oceanfront residential and hotel buildings in the area on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki in Honolulu. Those buildings turned out to be politically very unpopular, and after they were built in the 1960’s the city of HOnolulu banned any future high rise buildings in that area.

The Diamond Head Preservation Area was created at that time to preserve the area at the base of Diamond Head and protect it from future high rise construction. According to current regulations, if any of the current high rise buildings in this area are knocked down or damanged beyond repair they will not be rebuilt. New structures are limited to a height of 3 stories.

No changes in structure or use of the current 17 buildings can be made without a significant government approval process. For example, even though the Colony Surf was once a hotel, it cannot revert back to beging a hotel unless it receives special approval. Until recently Michel’s restaurant was only allowed to serve dinner but they finally received approval to serve Sunday brunch. Residential buildings can only be rented as vacation homes for a minimum of 30 days.

The New Otani Kaiman Hotel, San Souci, Colony Surf, Colony Beach are located on a sandy beach. The remained of buildings are oceanfront. Some buildings do have a small beach at low tide.
Each building has it’s our nuances and personality.
More information about the unique buildings in another post.

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