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Swinerton Builders: June 25, 2014

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki Unveils Renovated Rainbow Mural

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has unveiled its renovated tile murals that adorn the sides of the Rainbow Tower, a $4.25 million project.

Hilton contracted with United Kingdom-based Johnson Tiles to recreate the original murals design by Millard Sheets. 

The original murals were completed in 1968. The murals appeared on two sides of the Rainbow Tower facing mauka and makai, and consisted of 16,000 hand-painted tiles. Each mural is 286 feet high and 26 feet wide.

For the restoration, Johnson Tiles photographed and color matched each tile for the recreation. The new mural features 31,000 tiles.

Tony Sheets, Millard’s son, consulted on the restoration.

“You look at Waikiki and you see all these beautiful buildings but they’re all pretty bland, except for this one,” he said.

The project started in September 2013. In addition, the mural will be visible at night and be illuminated by 8,040 LED lights, which are controlled by a timer to stay on from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Marko Hajdinovic, president of YYZ Lighting, the lighting contractor, says the lights use the power equivalent of three hair dryers.

Swinerton Builders was the general contractor on the project. Other contractors involved in the project included Atlas Sales Company, Concrete Coring of Hawaii, Electricians, Inc., Global Stone, Inc., Rider Levett Bucknall and Professional Consultants International.

The project is just the latest development to freshen Hilton’s Waikiki property. Under construction on the property is the timeshare tower the Grand Islander for Hilton Grand Vacations.

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