Hip Vibe At Historic Waikiki Hotel

White Sands Hotel, a classic Waikiki Beach property, has been renovated for modern travellers and is aiming to tap into the Bamboo Bar lounge culture of the early 70s.

Originally opened in 1959, it’s the area’s only remaining walk-up hotel building; the three-story hotel has no elevator.

There are also no ocean views available from this central Waikiki location, so instead guests look inward, to a lush and lively courtyard, with an emphasis on being green.

Solar panels have been installed on the roofs of the hotel’s three buildings, making it the only property in Waikiki that has the ability to be energy independent, says hotel management.

The hotel’s public spaces have been revamped, and include an outpost of Fête, a popular restaurant in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

Room rates are about US$150 per night.