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Rearview: Rotating La Ronde restaurant offered spectacular 360-degree view of the city

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1961
                                The spaceship design made La Ronde unique, but its custom-made parts and high maintenance costs were also its downfall.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 1961

    The spaceship design made La Ronde unique, but its custom-made parts and high maintenance costs were also its downfall.

  • COURTESY JOHN HENRY FELIX
                                Diners would have a 360-degree view of Honolulu in the course of an hour.

    COURTESY JOHN HENRY FELIX

    Diners would have a 360-degree view of Honolulu in the course of an hour.

  • COURTESY JOHN HENRY FELIX
                                Al Batz, left, and John Henry Felix opened La Ronde in 1961. It was the first revolving restaurant in the U.S.

    COURTESY JOHN HENRY FELIX

    Al Batz, left, and John Henry Felix opened La Ronde in 1961. It was the first revolving restaurant in the U.S.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1961
                                La Ronde. It was the first revolving restaurant in the U.S.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 1961

    La Ronde. It was the first revolving restaurant in the U.S.

Sixty years ago this November, aliens landed a spaceship on the 23rd floor of the Ala Moana Building and opened a restaurant. Well, that’s what it looked like to me. Read more

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