Earlier this year we learned about a new hotel opening up in town, The Surfjack. It promised to be everything Waikiki's been missing: an open, forward thinking, artist friendly hotel that connected with the creative community driving ideas and innovation in Hawaii. That's a big goal to fulfill for one small hotel, but so far they've been doing a good job. They've linked up with Contrast Magazine, restauranteur Ed Kenney, creative firm The Vanguard Theory, designer Andrew Mau, and several more cultural contributors of Honolulu. We were lucky enough to spin at a pre-opening event in collaboration with Olukai.
Roger Bong and Oliver Seguin at The Surfjack in April 2016.So when the opportunity arose to work together, we realized we could bring Soul Time to the one place on Oahu that's been needing it for some time. That's why we're launching Soul Time In Waikiki. You see, there's hasn't been much going on in Waikiki for those looking for something a little different than the usual tourist-friendly fare. But throughout the 1970s, Waikiki was an integral part of Hawaii’s music scene — home to bands like Aura, Phase 7, Greenwood, even out-of-town residents like the Burgundy Express and Los Blues. Today, it remains lackluster in providing locals and tourists with a place to hang out and hear good music. Live music abounds in the area, with venues like the Kani Ka Pila Grille offering live Hawaiian music every night, or the recently opened Blue Note Hawaii (which Hawaii is super lucky to have!) that brings artists who wouldn't normally get the chance to perform in the islands—Kamasi Washington, Chaka Khan, and Chick Corea come to mind. But what's happening in places like Chinatown and Kaka‘ako hasn't been happening Waikiki. Introducing Soul Time In Waikiki, the newest addition to the global family of Soul Time parties and taking place every second Saturday of the month at The Surfjack. Please join us for the launch of Soul Time In Waikiki on May 14th, 2016, at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club on 412 Lewers Street. Free entry, all vinyl. RSVP here. To celebrate, we're offering 20% off everything in the shop, including pre-orders. Discount code: soultime (expires May 31, 2016)