A graduate of McKinley High School in Honolulu, Takaki began his career as a draftsman and received his Architectural Drafting Certification in 1956 from Honolulu Technical School. Stan’s 40+ year career afforded him a long-standing reputation of architectural excellence for his experience and expertise in many project types. He was best known for his resort hospitality projects, but he also worked on hospital, residential projects including low- and high-rise condominiums, and government and military projects.
Stan joined Watanabe Chun Iopa Architecture as a principal and the firm was renamed Watanabe Chun Iopa Takaki (now known as WCIT Architecture). A few of his outstanding WCIT projects include Mauna Kea Uplands on the Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island; 503 Portlock Residence on O‘ahu; Kūki‘o Lot 97 on the Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i; Starwood Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas North on Maui; and Intrawest Honua Kai on Maui.
Stan’s work on projects within Hawai‘i and throughout the world has been continually praised with design awards and professional recognition. He had intimate knowledge and specific familiarity with the technical requirements to develop projects of varying size, scale and complexity.
Although Stan has passed, we are still inspired by the way he lived.
A 1968 graduate of Castle High School, he attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and the School of Architecture at University of Hawai‘i. Chun married Susan Yamashiro and, together, they had a son Ryan. He joined Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG), then known as Wimberly Whisen Allison Tong & Goo (WWAT&G), in 1977. While at WATG, Kevin Chun was recognized as being among the most powerful creative resources. Pete Wimberly once commented, “We are very lucky to have Kevin Chun with us.” Chun left WATG in 2000 and joined forces with Eugene Watanabe to found Watanabe and Chun Architects and Design Consultants, LLC. Watanabe and Chun were soon joined by Rob Iopa and Stan Takaki to form Watanabe Chun Iopa Takaki, Inc. (WCIT Architecture).
With WCITArchitecture, Chun continued to create award-winning designs, including Sheraton Moorea Resort and Spa, French Polynesia; Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa in Kona on Hawai‘i Island; The Uplands at Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i Island; as well as a luxurious residence at the Old Kaiser Estate on Portlock Road. Chun held a position of eminence among Hawai‘i design professionals. His leisure industry projects evoked an appropriately Hawaiian grace and charm. Chun created notable residential designs, as well as spas and convention facilities. Many of his works are monumental in size and palatial by client mandate, but function as tropical architecture and are informally comfortable. Chun approached design with sensitivity, thoughtfulness and quiet confidence. He drew from European, Oriental, and Pacific themes, often expressing them in a compatible blend eschewing the trendy in favor of timelessness.
Proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards a college scholarship fund in memory of the late Stan Takaki and Kevin Chun. This fund is for college-bound Hawai‘i high school students with a desire to major in architecture or the allied arts.
Mahalo for supporting The WCIT Foundation. Without you, we would not be able to honor Stan and Kevin’s legacy of helping and educating the young men and women of Hawai‘i in the field of arts and architecture.