The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort unveiled a $4.5 million renovation to its rainbow mural in a June 23 ceremony.
“The rainbow mural on Oahu is the iconic equivalent to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Statue of Liberty in New York,” Jerry Gibson, area vice president of Hilton Hawaii, said in a statement. “It is synonymous with Waikiki and is actually a celebrity in its own right. It has been the backdrop in many movies, TV shows and thousands of vacation photos taken on Waikiki Beach.”
Named the world’s tallest mosaic after its completion in 1968, the two-sided mural is located on the north and south facing walls of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s 31-story Rainbow Tower and consisted of 16,000 hand-painted ceramic tiles when first completed by artist Millard Sheets.
The restoration project, completed by a U.K. firm, along with consulting provided by Millard’s son Tony, began in September and involved removing each of the original tiles and re-creating new ones using an intensive photo analysis and color review.
The new 286-foot murals now contain a total of 31,000 individual tiles.
“This was one of my dad’s major pieces,” Sheets said in a statement. “And I appreciate Hilton’s dedication to preserving this important part of my dad’s legacy in Hawaii.”