"The Palladium" as the City and County of Honolulu's Ala Wai Recreation Center is affectionately called by the enthusiastic ballroom dancers who use it, is an open 11,000 square foot eucalyptus dance floor which was built in 1990. It is home to several State of Hawaii and National Ballroom Dance Competitions each year as well as to several other dance clubs. Much of the credit for the vision leading to construcition of The Palladium for the people of Hawaii goes to the former Harriet Ichinose, and her husband Eugene (the Founder of HBDA). They were the principal driving force that spearheaded the idea for The Palladium through the myriad of governmental approvals required. A bronze plaque honoring their efforts is mounted to the left of the main entrance to the upper floor of The Palladium.