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A local architect walks through her historically sensitive renovation

  • (Video: Cindy Ellen Russell)

    While almost everybody knows the majestic, beachfront Moana Hotel, Waikiki's "first lady," few may be aware of its uptown cousin, a sail-white, multiwindowed mansion, the Hobron-Lai Residence, that stands atop a grassy hill near the summit of Pacific Heights Drive, commanding a wide view of Punchbowl Crater, Honolulu and the sea.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Architect Tonia Moy in the driveway of the historic 1916 Hobron-Lai Residence on Pacific Heights Drive. She was in charge of restoring the Colonial Revival-style home, which wasinspired by the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The restored 1916 mansion has a pool and pool house, added in the1980s. It has expansive views of Honolulu and was built by the family of Coit Hobron, for whom Hobron Lane in Waikiki was named.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Estate manager David Moyer opens the curtains to the master bedroom of the Hobron-Lai Residence.

While almost everybody knows the majestic, beachfront Moana Hotel, Waikiki’s “first lady,” few may be aware of its uptown cousin, a sail-white, multiwindowed mansion that stands atop a grassy hill near the summit of Pacific Heights Drive, commanding a wide view of Punchbowl Crater, Honolulu and the sea. Read more

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