The Big Sleep - Sunset Magazine

Modern Hawaiiana is the name of the game at Oahu’s most eye-catching new lodging. Your phone may die before you can capture every gorgeous detail. The refreshed Shoreline Hotel Waikiki—the first Aloha State project of Dan Mazzarini’s BHDM Design—deftly straddles tropical exuberance and tongue-in-cheek interiors. Island flora painted by DJ Neff adorn a stairwell leading to the rooftop pool; faux ‘i‘iwi and other native birds descend on rattan-cage light fixtures in the open-air lobby above custom furnishings. “We said, ‘What if our space was kind of an eternal sunset?’” notes Mazzarini, whose hand is evident throughout. He even captioned a 3-D map of Hawaii affixed to a wall in each of the 135 guest rooms. “It’s like my signature on the place—a fun wink,” he says. This design demands a double take. From $219; —Alison Van Houten