The Moana Surfrider, one of the original hotels built on Waikiki Beach, holds a special place in the story of this bustling resort area. Since 1901, the hotel has greeted everyone from the rich and famous with their steamer trunks and extended stays, to boisterous tour groups visiting the islands for the first time.
Our design team looked to the hotel’s rich heritage for inspiration. The guest rooms and suites were inspired by Honolulu’s “Boat Days” in the 1920s, 30s and 40s when travelers came by Matson steamships and settled in for a month at a time.
We looked for furnishings that referenced, in a subtle way, a maritime theme. We used rope-like textures and weaves in window coverings and furniture. There was a lashing design on an accent lamp, for example. In the suites, coffee tables referenced steamship trunks. For the colors, we looked no further than the sand and sea right outside the window. On the walls we mounted black and white maritime images that had been hand-tinted, giving them a nostalgic appearance. The custom-designed carpets in the halls were inspired by the spines of coconut fronds and the ocean crashing on sandy beaches.