Destinations / TRAVEL BUZZ
New places on Oahu to rest your weary self after a day of play.
With more than 38,000 lodging options on Oahu, here’s a quick breakdown of what’s new in 2017. More upscale lodging is on the way — for instance, Atlantis Resort, on a 26-acre parcel of land in Koolina, rumored to be one of the most
expensive resorts to build in the world, and the new Ali’i tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with its own private
lobby and special privileges offered throughout the property. MIMI TOWLE
DON’T MISS For those looking for vetted value — with a healthy dose of kitsch — check out the Surfjack Hotel
and Swim Club (pictured). Recently called “Waikiki’s hip new place to stay” by the New York Times, the property offers wellness activities and curated bike tours. Located on Lewers Street, this two-story escape is part
of the Aqua-Aston group known for affordable lodging options. Enjoy a yoga or Pilates class on site, swim in the
pool or dine at Mahina and Suns, which features, according to Ha waii Magazine, Oahu’s most visually stunning
dishes. The eatery is the fourth by Honolulu-born celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who is also behind Town, Kaimuki
Superette and Mud Hen Water.
ALSO NEW The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach at the former Waikiki Trade Center features 230 guest rooms and suites
with floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas, a bar and restaurant, and a fitness
facility. Also be sure to check out Maile Sky Court, with an expanded lobby area, a new restaurant and 596 rooms
across 44 floors, or explore the midcentury vibe at The ‘Okina, Autograph Collection, a Marriott property right next
to the redeveloped International Market Place.
Hawaiian music legend
comes to the Bay Area.
Hearing that Grammy Award–winning
musician Henry Kapono will be visiting the
Bay Area this month on a “Songs of C&K”
tour, we figured it would be a good time to
get to know a bit more about this legend
from the 50th state. As half of the very
popular Cecilio & Kapono, Henry Kapono
has been a household name in Hawaii for
decades. Now living on Oahu with his family, he can be found most Sunday evenings
playing at Duke’s Waikiki; he is also a regular at Duke’s on Maui and Lava Lava Beach
Club on both the Big Island and Kauai. Find
him on Facebook for tour dates. M. T.
What are your musical influences? My
favorites were Jimi Hendrix, CSNY, James
Taylor, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grand
Funk Railroad, Santana, the Who, Led
Zeppelin, Young Rascals, James Brown and
Sly and the Family Stone.
What are your local musical influences?
When I was growing up, the Waikiki music
scene was like Bourbon Street in New
Orleans. There was great music every-where. This is where I learned my craft. It
was extremely inspiring. There was Don
Ho, the Surfers, Kui Lee, Iva Kinimaka, SOS
and so many more. I was surrounded by
great music and great artists.
How would you describe Sundays at
Duke’s? The party is “happy!” People having a good time. I would say 10 percent are
regulars, 25 percent locals and a good 65
percent from all over the world. People plan
their vacation around Duke’s on Sunday.