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Hawaii: '60s beach vibe inside and out at Honolulu's Surfjack Hotel

Hawaii: '60s beach vibe inside and out at Honolulu's Surfjack Hotel
The "wish you were here" message at the bottom of the pool is reminiscent of vintage postcards. The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club will welcome guests starting April 7. (Aqua-Aston Hospitality)

Honolulu's newest renovated hotel may be nearly a mile from Waikiki Beach, but it draws its inspiration from the beach culture of the 1960s.

The message painted at the bottom of the pool at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club says it all: "Wish you were here." Formerly known as Hokele Suites, the hotel will reopen April 7 after a major renovation.

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The bedrooms at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club are small compared to those of beachfront resorts, but each has a lanai beside a central courtyard.
The bedrooms at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club are small compared to those of beachfront resorts, but each has a lanai beside a central courtyard. (Aqua-Aston Hospitality)

The site at 412 Lewers St. is a healthy walk from the resorts studding the beach. Aside from the location, the hotel hopes its design elements will set it apart from other lodgings.

Surfjack's retro look includes vintage headboard upholstery by Tori Richard, a company known for its Hawaiian clothing; wallpaper handcrafted by Andrew Mau; and a fern gallery created by Paiko, a Honolulu botanical boutique.

Bathrooms at the new Surfjack hotel feature custom-tiled floors and walk-in showers.
Bathrooms at the new Surfjack hotel feature custom-tiled floors and walk-in showers. (Aqua-Aston Hospitality)

Fixtures in the 112 rooms will recall the legendary surf culture of Oahu's North Shore. Reed ceilings, batten walls and custom-tiled bathrooms round out the feel of the place.

Local chef Ed Kenney will oversee Mahina and Sun's, the hotel's on-site restaurant. Guests also can order up cocktails poolside.

The hotel's introductory Sneak Peek offer is good April 7 to May 26. Rooms start at $169 a night for a 285-square-foot bungalow, and the property adds a $25 nightly resort fee.

Info: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, (808) 564-7608.

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