In a sea of new construction, luxury high-rise hotels, and world famous designer shops, is the hidden gem, The Breakers Hotel. One of the last two-story, low-rise accomodations in Waikiki, it remains unchanged and well-preserved in time since the early 1950's. Shy on frills and fluff, the rooms, spacious and clean, offer kitchenettes and a cozy lanai to take in the tropical ocean air over a morning cup of coffee. Step back in time and relax, unwind, unplug. I forgot all about life in 2015 with its modern day nuances and distractions during our time at the charming seaside bungalows. The mood here just didn't allow for it. You'll find guests leisurely reading by the courtyard pool and the hotel staff to be both kind and accommodating. The lovely General Manager, Mrs. Ethel Nada, became one of the hotels first employees when she made the voyage from Japan to Hawaii as a young teen. Now, some 60 years later, she looks over the property as if it's her own.
Hopelessly smitten by the idea of a glamorous mid century Waikiki - the architecture, fashion, people, and atmosphere - inspired our summer style shoot at the Breakers. Flowing kimonos, high wasted bikini sets and a pop of color piece comprise my 1960's Hawaiian vacation wardrobe. Style for me is a personal choice. It might not always be on trend or in the latest fashion magazines, but it is an expression of how I am feeling. So, while I am excited for the progression of the 96815, with the boom of new businesses, hotels, restaurants and shops, a bit of me wants to hold on to what this place used to be during my favorite era. Thankfully, Tim, one of the managers at The Breakers, said there are no plans to change or remodel. The Breakers will remain as is; just a happily old, now one-of-a-kind, hotel in Waikiki's ever changing landscape.
Charm & Character - The Breakers Waikiki.
The Breakers Waikiki, ph. 808-923-3181, 250 Beach Walk, the 96815.
Photography by Jessica Tronoski