Hip, new Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club open in Waikiki

A one-bedroom suite in the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki.
A one-bedroom suite in the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki.

The new, 112-room Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, a four-star Waikiki boutique property housed in a 1960s-era building, welcomed its first guests earlier this spring and officially opened its Mahina & Sun’s restaurant on May 2.

“The Surfjack is a design-led, art-driven hotel that many locals had a hand in creating,” Casea Collins-Wright, the Surfjack’s director of experience, said in a statement. “Our vision is to encapsulate the laid-back spirit of midcentury Aloha.” 

Located several blocks from the beach in Waikiki, the retro interior design of the 10-story property’s guestrooms was inspired by the surf bungalows on Oahu’s north shore, and they feature private lanais along with a range of handmade furnishings and local artwork. Meanwhile, much of the property’s concrete interior was refreshed with reclaimed wood and accented with even more locally created art, all aimed at combining a beach-culture and ’60s spirit with modern aloha, according to hotel officials. 

The lobby at Waikiki's Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club.
The lobby at Waikiki's Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club.

The property is also home to a pool area hotel designers have dubbed the Swim Club, which offers cocktails, a lunch menu, private cabanas, a schedule of music events and even movie nights.

Highly regarded Oahu-born chef Ed Kenney, who’s Town restaurant in Kaimuki remains a major favorite among locals, launched Mahina & Sun’s earlier this month, promising diners a menu that is “local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always.” 

“It’s like blue jeans and a T-shirt,” Kenney said in a statement, “simple, yet elevated home cooking with a focus on local, organic produce and sustainable seafood.”

A member of Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s new Instinct Collection of independently branded hotels, standard room rates at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim club start around $200 a night, but the property also features one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. 

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