Newt

 
Newt at the Royal Hawaiian
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Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt
Newt at the Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Newt at The Royal Hawaiian
Royal Hawaiian

Tucked away in the Coconut Grove of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is the prestigious international hatter, Newt.  Inside this famous, hidden gem you will find the most gorgeous Panama Hats this side of the Pacific and perhaps the entire world. Handmade in Ecuador near the town of Montecristi, artisans spend months tightly weaving together the shredded dried toquilla plant stems to produce the silky, linen like finished sombrero. I know what you are thinking: a Panama hat made in Ecuador? Turns out, the famed hat was incorrectly named in a headline describing a photograph of President Teddy Roosevelt: "President Wears Panama Hat at Panama Canal Opening." And so, The owners of Newt, Jim and Lee, make the trip a few times per year to Ecuador, not Panama, to hand select a limited collection of fine headwear. From South America they are shipped off to Chicago, where they are formed by a master blocker into a variety of styles available at the shop in Waikiki.

On our trip to Newt, Ron, the friendly hat connoisseur, perfectly fitted me with each style. I fell in love with the playful French Press and the classic Fedora. I am still not settled on if I prefer to wear my Fedora European or American style. European is placed lower on the brow, rising slightly up towards the back. For American, the brim sits a touch higher, slightly titled to the side. Either way, I have never worn something that not only instantly upgraded my outfit, but completely changed my world and perspective. Life under this hat was divine and glamorous. It is no wonder that the polariods adorning the walls of Newt include famous clientele like Pierce Brosnan and Patty Labelle. While we were visiting the 29 year old shop, a customer from a quarter century ago stopped in to try on the latest styles. She found there weren't any. Seems her hat, still in perfect, wearable condition, stood the fashion test of time. Newt - a true classic.
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Newt

The 96815 Favorite - If I had to pick just one, my favorite is the Fedora with feather hat band. The peacock feathers are sewn by hand on the friendly island of Molokai by an expert, local craftswoman. Newt hat prices range from $200 to $15,000 depending on style and weave.

Newt, 9am to 9pm Daily, ph. 808-922-0062, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave, the 96815.

Photography by Ijfke Ridgley

 

The Royal Hawaiian

 
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Royal Hawaiian Hotel Waikiki
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Best hotel in Hawaii
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
The Royal Hawaiian
Royal Hawaiian Hotel Room
The Royal Hawaiian
Royal Hawaiian Beach in Waikiki

Gracefully perched on the golden sand of Waikiki Beach in the heart of the 96815, is the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Rooted in royalty, the hotel was built in the late 1920's on the former site of Hawaiian Queen Emma's summer palace and King Kamehameha's personal playground. Surviving numerous inhabitants, changes, restorations and renovations over the years, Her style and grace has remained timeless. The Pink Palace of the Pacific is still the premier luxury destination for paradise-seeking world travelers and me - who happens to live just a few miles away. I know you are thinking a staycation in the same zip code as home seems a bit frivolous, but upon check-in I was instantly transported to another world a million miles away from my normal life. For a couple of days, I felt like royalty enjoying a mai tai under a pink umbrella on Waikiki Beach whilst gazing at that gorgeous Diamond Head. Here, the day easily drifts by and with the setting sun I am ready for another lovely Waikiki night. A drink or two at Mai Tai, the hotel's beachside bar, a walk in the sand listening to the waves softly lap against the shore and I am feeling romanced by this place. They say, "The Royal Hawaiian is where the world fell in love with Hawaii". After this stay, I know it to be true.

A Royal Hawaiian Staycation - only a few short days, but forever in my heart.

XOX,

The 96815

The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, The 96815, Ph: 808.923.7311, Reservations: 1.866.716.8110

Photography by Jessica Tronoski

 

Hot Waikiki Nights

 

It's a hot, humid summer night in Waikiki with plenty of things to do. Restaurants, bars, shows, shopping - the options are endless in this urban paradise. Some nights in Waikiki are best spent walking about taking in the tropical cityscape and feeling the salty sea air on your skin. You never know where the night may take you. If you're lucky, you might be watching the sunrise from Waikiki beach with someone you've met along the way. We suggest sealing the evening with a kiss as the first rays of sunlight peek from behind Diamond Head. The perfect ending to a Hot Waikiki Night.  XOX