Over the past few years, I’ve noticed an exciting amount of new creative voices happening in Hawaii, specifically on Oahu. The latest example is the recently opened SurfJack Hotel and Swim Club. Located just a few blocks away from the famous Waikiki Beach, it inhabits a classic mid-century hotel that has been given new life, yet retaining a lot of it’s original charm.
When you first enter the hotel, you’ll immediately notice all the cool art installations throughout. The hotel hopes to be a showcase for local talent and artisans. I love the bright pops of color and quirky vintage finds that are displayed throughout. The super cute hand lettered “Wish you were here” tiled pool floor was by Hawaii local artist, Matthew Tapia.
Another notable part of the hotel the coffee bar/boutique, Olive and Oliver. How gorgeous are the coffee cups?! and the wallpaper was actually done by the owner as well.
The rooms were designed by Studio Collective, and feature lots of authentic Hawaiian touches, like koa wood carvings, vintage postcards, as well as a gorgeous custom upholstered headboard featuring fabric from renown Hawaiian designer, Tori Richard.
The overall vibe is relaxing, warm and cozy, but totally updated with all the modern comforts.
Finally, back to Mahina and Sons, the hotel’s restaurant. All I can say is YUM. From their signature drinks to the farm fresh food, everything I tried was delicious. The “Shaka” wallpaper that lines the walls inside was designed by Andrew Mau.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what fun things The Surfjack has in-store for both tourists and locals alike in the coming years. It has definitely brought a new freshness to the wacky Waikiki hotel scene!
Major Mahalo to the Surfjack for their hospitality and aloha.
Photos by Jonathan Lo/ Happy Mundane