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

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

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.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

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.

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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.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

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. 

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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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