Waikiki Shell
Kapiolani Park, Waikiki


Waikiki Shell
Kapiolani Park, Waikiki


Post Card Images of the Waikiki Shell, now named The Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell.

Designed by the Honolulu firm of Law and Wilson, and opened in 1956.

This open air amphitheater is composed of a parabolic arch 75-feet above its 90 foot wide stage, whose backdrop is a concentric ringed shell of aluminum sheets faced with plaster, in a design reminiscent of Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. With arena seating for 2,400 and a lawn area which can accommodate an additional 6,000 spectators.


Spencer Tolley

Architect or Designer

Year of Construction


Spencer, “Waikiki Shell
Kapiolani Park, Waikiki,” Hawai'i Modernism Library, accessed August 16, 2022, http://docomomo-hi.org/items/show/1157.

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