The very first Charlie Chan mystery published by Earl Derr Biggers in 1925, "The House Without a Key," is centered around a beautiful mansion fronting on Kalia Road in Waikiki Beach. While the events of the story are, of course, fictional, the House Without a Key itself was not. It actually existed, that lovingly-described and very beautiful mansion of an old sea captain, perched on Waikiki Beach.
And it is not forgotten.
There is a luxury hotel now, the Halekulana, on that same spot, along Kalia Road. And, in tribute to Charlie Chan and to his author, there is a restaurant/bar opening out onto the beach, which calls itself "The House Without a Key." Visitors sit on the terrace every night, between about 5:30 and 8:30, under a century-old kiawe tree, sipping very potent drinks and enjoying live Hawaiian music, accompanied by a marvelous Hula Dancer.
The Halekulana has a short handout used on its menu which explains the significance of the place and its name. I must admit I had no idea it existed until I stumbled over it online. My wife and I spent a delightful evening there last week. (warning: it is VERY expensive - $22 cheeseburgers? $12 rum drinks?), but you are paying for the atmosphere, the music, the dance, the beach, the kiawe tree. Not to mention the doubtless forlorn expectation that Charlie Chan himself or a descendant might still put in an appearance.