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A place to jot our thoughts, our favorite tunes and recount new adventures over good food with great people. Get a feel for what we're about and then come stay with us as we continue to carve out this swell little spot in Waikiki.

BEHIND THE BOOTH: DJ JEM

Get to know DJ Jem—the gal behind the booth during our Friday Shuffle.

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THE RECAP: SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB VOL. 3

It’s been a long hot summer and thanks to our Surfjack ohana it’s been an epic one, too. A recap of the third and final #SummerAtTheSwimClub.

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ROOFTOP TALKS WITH DIRECTOR & PRODUCER TAYLOR STEELE

Perched high above the Waikiki skyline inside the Surfjack’s penthouse, we chatted with Steele about his inspiration, his latest film “Proximity The Movie”, and the future of surfing.

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SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB: VOL. 3

Gear up for the third and final poolside #SummerAtTheSwimClub and get to know guest DJ Kyle Woods of Saint Heron.

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THE RECAP: SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB VOL. 2

Another successful #SummerAtTheSwimClub in the books—captured by Sky Bruno and Sunny Shades.

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SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB: VOLUME 2

All the details on #SummerAtTheSwimClub Vol. 2, a Q&A with Smooth Sailing, and a Soundcloud mix you don’t want to miss

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THE RECAP: SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB VOL. 1

We officially kicked off #SummerAtTheSwimClub this July. Here, Volume 1 on 35 mm film—captured by Desmond Centro.

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THE SWIM CLUB—NOW ACCEPTING MEMBERS

Residents and visitors alike can reap some big benefits like free valet parking, free food and handcrafted cocktails, goodies, and even a free overnight stay on your birthday.

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TALKING LIFE & ART WITH LEGENDARY BODYSURFER MARK CUNNINGHAM

We talk story with the legendary bodysurfer, retired lifeguard-turned artist about his inspiration, intention and his perfect day on Oahu.

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SUMMER AT THE SWIM CLUB: VOLUME 1

As the temperature rises, things are also heating up at the Surfjack. We’re celebrating summer by collaborating with the community on three pool parties—each one guaranteed to bring you the best beats, brands and, of course, bikinis.

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BE WELL IN WAIKIKI

Feel well, move well, eat well, look well. Our top tips to maintain wellness in and around Waikiki.

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NOELANI LOVE’S GUIDE TO OAHU’S FABLED NORTH SHORE

Noelani Love gives us the inside scoop on her jewelry brand and shares some of her favorite spots on the North Shore of Oahu.

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BEHIND THE BOOTH: SUPER CW

Chatting with Christa Wittmier—one of the Honolulu music mavens that’s regularly poolside, stirring up the sounds and kicking off the weekend with hotel guests and residents alike.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH THE OWNERS OF CHINATOWN’S HOUND & QUAIL

Where to eat, drink and shop in Honolulu’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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VIDEO: EXPERIENCE THE SURFJACK

Three days. Two filmmakers. Eight locations. One island. One hotel. One mini film.

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CINCO DE MAI TAI

Forget margaritas—we’ve rounded up five of the best Mai Tai’s in Waikiki.

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BARRIO VINTAGE x MOJOBEEBEE BIKINIS

When Mahina Alexander and Kea Snow hang at the Surfjack the result is a radical retro feast for the eyes.

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THE CHANGEMAKERS EXCHANGE

Our newly launched Changemakers Exchange featuring Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, an alumni of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, poet and spoken-word artist hailing from the Marshall Islands.

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HONOLULU HOT SPOTS ACCORDING TO ARVO’S DIXIE ROSE

Mama of two Dixie Rose gives us the inside scoop of some on her favorite Honolulu hot spots.

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GIVEAWAY! BECAUSE WE WISH YOU WERE HERE

A few weeks ago we hosted a bunch of badass business women and one (equally badass) guy to talk story about the ins and outs of their creative worlds. They explored the island in hopes to spark creativity—and that they did. Now, back in the office, the group is still daydreaming of their stay at the Surfjack,

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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY AT THE SURFJACK

Just recently, we sat down with a group of Los Angeles-based lady bosses and one badass guy to talk business.

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FIVE OF THE BEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN HONOLULU

Because when you can’t decide on breakfast or lunch, there’s brunch. Here, a list of our favorite brunch spots in the Honolulu area.

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Like a Local: The Public Pet’s Guide to Kaimuki

We asked co-owner of The Public Pet Jordan Lee to give us the inside scoop on where to eat, drink and shop in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaimuki.

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THE OCEAN-FRIENDLY MISSION AT MAHINA & SUN’S

Talking Hawaii’s bounty and Chef Ed Kenney’s commitment to sustainable seafood.

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THE BEST BARS FOR CRAFT BEER IN HONOLULU

The Surfjack’s list of popular Honolulu pubs where we suggest you belly up to the bar for an ice cold craft beer.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE SURFJACK

Just a few snaps of the last moments of 2016 and first of 2017 at the Surfjack. Cheers to a new year.

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SHOP LOCAL: THE BEST BOUTIQUES IN AND AROUND WAIKIKI

Waikiki is internationally known as a mecca for shopping, and with one stroll down Kalakaua Avenue you’ll understand why. Check out these locally owned boutiques that are brimming with unique finds and one-of-a-kind gifts.

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HEREWITH’S 002 ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY

A recap of Herewith’s 002 issue release party, and a chat with the lifestyle magazine’s Editor in Chief

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LIKE A LOCAL: ROBERTA OAKS’ GUIDE TO WAIKIKI

Designer and boutique owner Roberta Oaks’ inside scoop on where to go, what to do and what to see in Waikiki. Plus, what makes this historic Honolulu neighborhood that special.

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PIKAI SWIM’S POOLSIDE POP-UP

Big Island-based Pikai Swimwear popped up poolside at the Surfjack to showcase its wide range of eco-conscious bikinis, one-pieces, rash guards and swim leggings made with the best Brazilian-sourced fabrics.

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ROOFTOP TALKS WITH COWSPIRACY’S KEEGAN KUHN

Perched high above the Waikiki skyline inside the Surfjack’s penthouse, we chatted with filmmaker Keegan Kuhn about Cowspiracy, his upcoming film What The Health, and the major benefits of a plant-based diet.

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KELIA MONIZ CAPTURES WAIKIKI

A glimpse into the lives of three professional surfers on vacation in Waikiki, as lensed by Kelia Moniz.

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BEHIND THE BRANDING WITH WALL TO WALL STUDIOS

Alongside other Honolulu-based artistic institutions like Lana Lane Studios, POW! WOW! Hawaii and The Vanguard Theory, Wall to Wall Studios has brought back a welcomed artistic flair to the community.

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CELEBRATING HONOLULU PRIDE WITH LEI MAGAZINE

We teamed up with Lei Magazine to kick off Honolulu Pride poolside at the Swim Club.

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TOP PLACES TO PRACTICE YOGA IN HONOLULU

Our picks of the top places to practice yoga while on vacation in Honolulu.

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH WOODEN WAVE

Go behind the scenes of the making of Wooden Wave’s treehouse mural.

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ROOFTOP TALKS WITH FILM PRODUCER NATE MOORE

Known for his roles as Co-Producer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Executive Producer of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s Nate Moore has set out on his own superhuman-like journey.

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LIKE A LOCAL: THE 96815’S GUIDE TO WAIKIKI

The Oahu-based lifestyle site The96815.com celebrates the Waikiki of your dreams. Below, Nova Rizzo, the gal behind the blog, gives us the inside scoop on where to go, what to do and what to see in Waikiki.

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SURFJACK + SOLÉ BICYCLES

Recently, Surfjack teamed up with Solé Bicycles to provide six custom bicycles so hotel guests could leisurely wander through Waikiki on wheels.

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POOLSIDE WITH LOLLI SWIM

A sneak peek of Lolli’s 2017 lookbook photographed by Emily Faulstich right here at the Surfjack.

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THE HYPE & HISTORY OF POKE BOWLS

Aside from the miles of white-sand beaches and world-renowned surf breaks, one of the biggest draws of Waikiki is the food scene–a unique and exciting mix of east meets west.

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WISH YOU WERE HERE: A Q&A WITH THE ARTIST MATT TAPIA

Tapia was able to turn the Surfjack’s pool into an oversize postcard, creating a picture-perfect view for guests looking down from their balcony.

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Bikini Bird + Brooklyn Hawaii

Bikini Bird photo shoot with Brooklyn Hawaii

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Poolside in the Pacific

Our inaugural pool party was all about new friends, good vibes, and great drinks.

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Psychedelic Swell

We teamed up with dynamic duo Roberta Oaks Hawaii and Barrio Vintage for a fashion showcase and evening of kaleidoscopic tropical bliss.

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Throwback Fashion & Hawai’i’s Surf Culture

Surfing, an ancient form of art in Hawaiian culture, evolved into the modern sport it is today with the help of a small group of ocean-loving adventurers.

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Mahina & Sun’s: Ed Kenney’s Return to Waikiki

Ed Kenney has been here before. Decades ago. Where Surfjack is now, there used to be Soda Pops, a punk rock, new wave club, where, as a “rebellious skate punk teen,” Kenney used to hang out into the early morning hours.

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A Vision of Modern Aloha

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club began as a vision to create a place where you can experience local ‘soul’ – that modern aloha – the music, art, and diversity of Honolulu’s creative community.

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