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Spotlight on The Modern Honolulu


Dreaming of a Hawaiian escape this summer? Whether you’re channeling a peaceful vacation, honeymoon, fashion-forward shopping, or fantastic cuisine, The Modern Honolulu offers an innovative urban resort that reflects sophistication with a laid back twist. Designed by architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg and landscape designer Deborah Nevins, the Waikiki resort caters to travelers seeking award-winning food, beverage, and entertainment options.


As the name implies, the look of The Modern Honolulu is sleek and contemporary. Details include a Herbie Fletcher surfboard installation and an oversized bookcase displaying an eclectic collection of surf books and memorabilia that rotates to double as a lounge scene in the evenings. Outside, the infinity-edge Sunset Pool offers an exclusive “beach” experience just steps from the hotel rooms. 


For foodies, The Modern Honolulu is home to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first restaurant in Hawaii, Morimoto Waikiki. Here, Morimoto’s ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations features the best seafood the Hawaiian waters have to offer, as well as locally grown produce from island farmers. Signature dishes include Toro Tartare with osetra caviar, crème fraiche, wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf, and dashi-soy; Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli, and jalapeno; and Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and hamachi served with five different sauces.


The property boasts 353 luxurious rooms and suites, many with furnished terraces and oversized windows featuring views of the city, pools, yacht harbor, and ocean.


Both beachy and chic, Waikiki is synonymous with open-air shopping. At Ala Moana, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, walkways lead to 300 retailers, 70 restaurants, and koi ponds amid native landscapes. Retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Chanel, Balenciaga, Burberry, Tory Burch, Miu Miu, Dior, Hawaiian specialty stores, and the list goes on. From The Modern Honolulu, take the Waikiki Trolley’s Pink Line”Shopping Shuttle.”

Book any room at The Modern Honolulu for travel dates through June 30, and your fourth night is free. (808.943.5800, www.themodernhonolulu.com)


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