A Tiki Tattoo
2229 KUHIO AVE
HONOLULU, HI 96815-2825
Artists: Robert Hackney, Josh Flinn, Matt Cox, Paulo Manabe, Richard Schwartz, Dave Coronada
When owner Robert Hackney opened A Tiki Tattoo, it effortlessly blended right in with colorful Waikiki. Unlike many of the tattoo parlors on the island, A Tiki embraces island lifestyle with its laid-back, open atmosphere and friendly staff. The shop feels like a tropical oasis complete with bamboo light decor and paneling. With more than 30 years experience, Hackney plans on making A Tiki Tattoo a household name.
Each of the five full-time tattooists (three born and raised in Hawaii) brings in his own clientele, whether locals, tourists, or celebs such as Reverend Horton Heat, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, and members of Alice in Chains. With diverse backgrounds, their focus is versatile, ranging from realism to old school Polynesian. “It’s a good place for people visiting Hawaii—they can bring a souvenir home,” says Hackney. “Who needs a shell necklace? Get a tattoo.”
DO: Hans Hedemann Surf School, hhsurf.com. Spread throughout Waikiki, these popular surf schools get you out in the water and riding the waves with rented gear. Impressively, pro Kainoa McGee is a teacher.
DRINK: Kelley O’ Neil’s, 311 Lewers St., 808-926-1777. An Irish pub in Hawaii? It happens, and this cozy (yet often rowdy) pub reels in locals, tourists, and military members looking for a pint.
GO: Island Seaplane Services, 85 Lagoon Dr., 808-836-6273. The best view from any vantage point on the island is from the sky. Chartered flights start at $125 and routes soar over the movie sites for Jurassic Park, famous surf spots like the Banzai Pipeline, and the Diamond Head volcanic crater.