Waikiki: Sunsets, Surfing, and Tiny Bubbles

When thinking of Waikiki, we think about sticking our toes into white sand while sipping Mai Tais and watching the sunset. There is an old world romance that exudes from Waikiki, despite the modern landscape the area has today. It’s a feeling of fun, of relaxation, of happiness.

I want you to have the same feeling when you wear our Tiny Bubbles collection.

Inspired by Waikiki and Don Ho’s song of the same name, this collection was designed with this feeling in mind.

Why Waikiki? Because it’s special place filled with natural beauty and a culture rich in history.

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Love of Hawaii

The love of Hawaii may well have started when mainland readers were introduced to fictional character Charlie Chan in the 1925 novel House Without a Key. Written by Earl Derr Biggers during his visit to the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach, the novel was named after one of the restaurants at the hotel. It was eye opening in its time for its honesty about cultural differences while giving readers a feel for the island experience.

Up until this time, Waikiki was largely a destination reserved for the richest around the globe, accessible only by ship until the 1950’s and 1960’s when surf culture and traveling by plane placed it firmly on the map as a must-experience destination.

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1950’s & 1960’s

While the Halekulani Hotel may have influenced the writing of a classic novel, it wasn’t Hawaii’s first resort destination. That spot is reserved for the The Royal Hawaiian that opened its doors in Waikiki on February 1, 1927. They served as many as 1,200 guests at a time including presidents, actors, and wealthy businessmen.

While it continues to be a popular resort to this day, it’s no longer just for the rich and famous.

The rise of passenger flights in the 1950’s and 1960’s brought everyday folks like me and you through doors of The Royal Hawaiian to enjoy history, food, culture, and much-needed relaxation but hotels aren’t the only Hawaiian attraction.


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Music & Culture

The Beach Boys’ music, Elvis Presley’s movies like Blue Hawaii, and a television show called Hawaii 5-0 made surf culture mainstream in the 1950’s and 1960’s, bringing many to Waikiki beach in search of the perfect wave.


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It was surf culture — boardshorts, surf boards, bikinis, and a laidback beach lifestyle — that attracted tourists and new residents to Waikiki, placing Hawaii firmly on the map as a place for vacations, living a life of relaxed, and natural goodness.

Grab a piece of Waikiki today with our Tiny Bubbles collection at Lane Tanner Designs.

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2 thoughts on “Waikiki: Sunsets, Surfing, and Tiny Bubbles

  1. Mahalo for this look back at our beautiful state. We are at home in Ewa Beach watching the Eddie surf match on the North Shore. My heart aches for what Eddie did and the legacy he gave us. God bless his family, friends and fans .

    1. I wish I could have seen the Eddie this year! Went up the saturday after and sat at Sunset Beach. The waves were slowing down… but they were still so powerful! Thank you for commenting. So glad you enjoyed reading 🙂

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