Ala Wai Promenade
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
2000 Hawaii A.S.L.A. Merit Award
The Ala Wai Canal Area Enhancements (aka Ala Wai Promenade) project was a continuation of restoration efforts to improve the promenade along the west side of the Ala Wai Canal. Conceived during the development of the Hawaii Convention Center, the promenade restoration includes the area makai of the Convention Center down to the Ala Moana Boulevard Bridge and mauka to McCully Street. Situated between Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalakaua Avenue and McCully Street, the promenade serves as a vital link between these major roads leading into Waikiki.
The 60-foot wide promenade consists of an upper and lower terrace comprised of different paving materials. The upper terrace, a 16-foot wide walkway, is constructed of interlocking pavers, while the lower terrace is constructed of concrete with an exposed aggregate finish. Interlocking pavers along the upper terrace were selected to allow air infiltration and water percolation to the roots of the existing banyan trees. These pavers were laid in patterns reminiscent of Hawaiian kapa to further reinforce the theme of the Hawaiian “sense of place.”