Honolulu-based studio The Vanguard Theory has breathed new life into a Brutalist building, transforming it into the vibrant Wayfinder Waikiki that pays homage to Hawaii’s multicultural fabric. The hotel’s décor is a blend of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino, and European influences, creating a distinct Kama’aina style throughout the 228 guest rooms and public spaces. Blending concrete surfaces, leather furniture, plants, and floral prints, the lobby is the place to fuel up on beans from Maui roaster Social Hour Coffee. Guests spend languid days by the 70-foot saltwater “lagoon” pool, then head to the all-day restaurant Redfish for authentic Hawaiian poke. Don’t miss Lost + Found, the poolside tropical speakeasy turning out elevated takes on classic tiki drinks like the Sparkling Mai Tai and Tomkha Milk Punch.
Waikiki Welcomes a Slick Getaway With Kama’aina Style
The Vanguard Theory breathes new life into a Brutalist building with the Wayfinder Waikiki, a sunny retreat that pays homage to Hawaii’s multicultural fabric.BY NATE STOREY August 08, 2023