Hawaiian Values Meet Savvy Style at The Modern Honolulu
Looking out onto the peaceful Ala Wai Boat Harbor, The Modern Honolulu has much to offer anyone wishing to stay at the gateway to Waikiki’s shopping district, whilst also wishing to enjoy ocean-side luxury. The clean, fresh vibe that runs throughout the architectural style is reflected in its interior and in the attitude of its staff – arriving here really is like finding an oasis of calm in an urban desert.
The Modern Honolulu’s facilities are generous considering that the island paradise draws most guests away from the hotel during their stay. For those that do explore, the split level pool decks each with an elegant bar, the well-equipped fitness center and spa, as well as the nightclub and live music venue “The Study,” have been subtly and successfully styled to carry the pervading themes of modernism and crispness, as well as, displaying an abundance of artwork that draws attention to the region’s creative pulse.
Aside from the homey rooms with top notch showers, mattresses and linens, the key theme throughout the hotel is sophistication. White and beige tones are used as the color palette throughout the building,and the artistic touches in the communal spaces pull classical and contemporary style choices together seamlessly.
Attention to detail is another of the establishment’s trademarks. From the ample sarongs for guests in each room to the pineapple cookies from local baking companies, the simple but soulful additions to the rooms are much appreciated.
Heartfelt service from a community centered staff
The Aloha spirit is evident in bounties at The Modern Honolulu. Where it was the reception staff or the housekeeping, there were open smiles and kind helpfulness when it came to asking about local sights or other practical activities.
It is impressive to see how much time and resources the hotel invests into Hawaiian culture – the special art installations throughout the property not only demonstrate the fine taste of the curators, but also the hotel’s interest in supporting regional artists. There is even a 20 percent discount for all island residents who book a stay here.
But the biggest highlight of the hotel experience is the incredible Ravish Restaurant. The Hawaiian-born executive chef, Keith Pajinag, has remained true to his heritage by bringing the nuances of Hawaii’s naturally fused cuisine range into a refreshing menu served on the front terrace of the hotel. Brushing alongside the moored marina boats, the open style kitchen lets patrons see the team as they deliver the restaurant’s delicious concept of soulful, Pacific-inspired cuisine.
After sampling a taster menu that covered everything from Poke salad with a twist, to unique cocktails that boggled the sensory brain, we strongly recommend that anyone staying in Honolulu experience this delicious insight into the region’s culture.
To learn more about or book your stay, visit The Modern Honolulu.
Julia Hulme is originally from England, but has resided in Berlin, Germany since 2009. She runs a series of underground events featuring Berlin's most loved deep house & techno DJs. Julia is the producer of a new open air festival coming to Hawaii called Isle 9, which fuses Pacific vibes with the Berlin Open Air culture.