For the quintessential Waikiki experience, grab your pup and head to The Surfjack, one of Waikiki’s pup-friendliest hotels. This swell little spot is one of only a handful of Honolulu hotels to welcome dogs of all sizes. There are no restrictions on how many dogs per room, and best of all, dogs stay free!

Start your day with a flat white from the excellent lobby café and greet the dogs that stop by. While you wait for your coffee, peruse the tightly edited, modern souvenirs in the Banks Journal boutique and consider soaking up some of that Hawaiian sunshine poolside. The custom “Wish You Were Here!” pool is an Instagram shot waiting to happen.


Keep your eye out for Jack, The Surfjack’s canine concierge and hotel namesake. Jack—who even has his own Instagram account, @jackthehoteldog—is available for play dates on the beach and can offer suggestions for pet-friendly spots around Waikiki. The hotel’s pet-friendly amenities include complimentary dog-walking, a doggy daycare service that picks dogs up directly from the hotel lobby, and a curated list of recommended dog brands, companies, and activities so you and your dog can enjoy all Waikiki has to offer.


Evenings you’ll want to hit up the hotel’s award-winning Mahina & Sun’s for food, drinks, and island-vibe entertainment poolside. Then retire to your mid-century styled room for a good night’s sleep. After all, you’ll need it if you want to take part in the hotel’s most unique offering—surf and paddle boarding lessons with your dog. Available through Surfjack’s exclusive partner, SUPDog Hawaii, this is one vacation activity that you’ll remember forever—especially as guests can also book a photo shoot with local Oahu dog photographer Keri Nakahashi to capture the memories. Surfs up!


This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!