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    Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger | Beachcomber Originals Back to all stories

    Watch: Beachcomber Originals Talk Inspiration, Art, and the Singular Beauty of the Islands

    A Grammy Award-winning musician. An underwater photographer. A (true) tastemaker. What these artists have in common: They're all Beachcomber Originals.

    The team that helped create the aesthetic and vibe of Hawaii's first (and only) craft hotel, Waikiki Beachcomber, the Beachcomber Originals are a collection of local artisans that continue to be culture movers-and-shakers both at the resort and around the world.

    From Makana's slack-guitar soundtrack that plays as guests arrive, to world-famous surf photographer Zak Noyle's backdrop photos in each guest room, to the acai stylings of Hawaiian Aroma Caffe founder Jonathan Rotmensch, to the award-winning beers of brewmaster Garrett Marrero, this group of artists and influencers curated every aspect of Waikiki Beachcomber.

    "Being a Beachcomber Original, to me, is all about living the lifestyle ... living that aloha spirit, and being a good partner to your community," says lifestyle photographer Matt Bauer. "And honestly, chasing your dreams—doing what you love the most."

    Our latest project features the artists themselves sharing how they're inspired by the unique sights, sounds (and tastes) of Hawaii.

    A few of our favorite right-now highlights:

    Margo Ray

    Artist | from Waimea, Hawaii Island

    See the Art: A 64-foot, wide-scale mural in Maui Brewing Co.'s lobby

    Highlight: Margo's mural features a mix of her signature collage and mixed-media printmaking with a focal photograph of famous hula dancer "Aunty" Bev Noa.


    Jonathan Rotmensch

    CEO & Founder, Hawaiian Aroma Caffe | based in Waikiki, Oahu

    Taste the Art: In the unique flavors and oh-so-cool Hawaiian vibe of the Hawaiian Aroma Caffe

    Highlight: The cafe breaks the mold of traditional coffeeshops by mixing in bar cocktails and events—making it a place for gathering in (uniquely Hawaiian) style.


    Erin Ibarra

    Muralist | based in Waikiki, Oahu

    See the Art: In the Waikiki Beachcomber elevator lobbies (and see her newest mural at sister Outrigger resort Waikiki Malia)

    Highlight: Hand-drawn artwork next to the elevators of each floor features local flora and fauna placed in the order of elevation in which they grow in Hawaii.


    Vince Lim

    Portrait & Aerial Photographer | based in Honolulu, Oahu

    Highlight: The essence of Vince's drone-driven work: capturing beautiful moments from cool vantage points.


    Matt Bauer

    Lifestyle Photographer | frequent traveler to Waikiki, Oahu

    See the Art: The vibes and vision throughout the hotel

    Highlight: Matt's work is all about documenting his own experience, from within the resort to being one with the waves.



    Hawaiian Musician | born and raised on Oahu

    Hear the Art: Playing in the common areas throughout the hotel

    Highlight: Makana's music marries the storied history of Waikiki with fresh, modern sounds.


    Zak Noyle

    Underwater Photographer | from Honolulu, Oahu

    See the Art: A 75-foot image in the tunnel leading to the elevators and on the wall behind the beds in every guestroom.

    Highlight: Zak's work brings a sense of being at peace—and transports you "under the sea."


    Garrett Marrero

    Founder, Maui Brewing Co. | based on Lahaina, Maui

    See the Art: In perfectly crafted craft beer

    Highlight: Maui Brewing Co. not only makes really great beer, but has a fiercely local commitment to local brewing that captures a sense of place and community.



    As Beachcomber Zak says, "It is so important to have that understanding and respect for our culture around us, and that is what you'll find at the Waikiki Beachcomber."

    Check out the art and chill vibes at Waikiki Beachcomber for a three-day weekend (or weeklong!) stay soon.

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    When you stay at OUTRIGGER, you're not just booking a vacation, but embarking on a cultural journey that resonates with the music and spirit of our local traditions. 

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