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Member Stories

Here is the word on what it's like to be a member at

Surfbreak HNL.

"This is day 3 for me, and I am absolutely loving Surfbreak HNL. The community here is absolutely incredible—everyone is so welcoming, warm, authentic, and selfless…not to mention the beautiful living space! Everything feels so intentional and considerate. I am beyond impressed and am very excited for my next 6+ months of living here in paradise. Maybe next week I’ll learn to surf. Come join us!!"

- Meritt Thomas @merittthomas

After months of renting soulless craigslist condos and overpriced airbnb apartments around town, I finally found home in Honolulu at Surfbreak. As a WFH television producer I needed a serious place to cultivate my career while receiving the blessings of the island, and hopefully growing deep local roots. Everything I needed to live and work well at Surfbreak exceeded my hopes: The Internet is lightning fast, the rooms soundproofed, the AC arctic cold, the (complimentary) room cleanings thorough. Basic amenities tend to be hit and miss in the other condos in which I resided around town (four other buildings) which were also much more expensive. The views are stunning at Surbreak; world class surf breaks in walking distance as well as a great gym, top notch restaurants etc. I maintained by NYC style of living thanks to the central location. The views are spectacular, the experience smooth and luxurious, but the real joy of Surbreak is the community or Ohana (Hawaiian for family.) While I was living at Surfbreak in the penthouse of the Century Tower I made several lifelong friends from among the mix of beautiful and ambitious residents and finally found myself at home.

I'll say less: 10/10

- Josiah Ryan @josiah_ryan

Where to begin? Surfbreak isn’t just a place you stay and work for a few months. It’s a place where like-minded adventurous people come together and experience the islands in a way that isn’t possible elsewhere. The Surfbreak team put something truly special together. They make you feel at home, and you will likely find them and your fellow roomies to be your Ohana (family). This doesn’t feel like an isolated hotel, but it does have all the perks of one. You have an efficient and clean setup to be productive when you’re doing your work, with a breathtaking views no-matter what direction your room faces. Beyond being productive, you need to relax and the space makes it easy to do that. From sharing a meal, taking in the views, doing some yoga before you surf, you’ll find it meets your needs. By the way, you can even just grab one of the surfboards and hit the waves!You truly won’t be disappointed and let’s face it, going anywhere alone isn’t as fun as when you make friends and have a community to enjoy it with. Book it, don’t give it second thoughts. I have so many great memories and friends as a result and you will too. You are in fantastic hands with RJ, Kelsey, and crew.

🤙  Mahalo

- Thomas Trudzinski @2nspired 

I only stayed as a guest at SurfBreak HNL and it was absolutely one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. The environment and community are like nothing else. I was welcomed with warm and open arms and left with friendship that will last a lifetime. If you’re considering applying to SurfBreak, I highly recommend you doing so. It’ll be one of the best decisions of your life. Mahalo!

- Danielle Gerkens @danielle.gerkens
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