Find our bikinis at our newest location: Heaven on Earth
1050 Alakea Street Honolulu, HI 96813
This little gem of a day spa is located in Ward Warehouse across from Cinnamon Girl & Sunglasses Hut.
We hope you find some time to treat yourself to something special in this magical little shop.
All the love,
We will have a new look soon! Nalu Swim will be rebranding to Wandar West.
We will have the same great quality bikinis and swimwear that you love to surf, swim, dive, paddle and enjoy the water in. The only change is the label on the inside of the bikini, and let’s be honest, we hope you wear the bikini so much that it wears off anyway!
We appreciate your continued support through the next step of this journey. It is YOU the customer, the surfer, the diver, the swimmer, that made us who we are today. You give us your feedback and we love to hear it. We take it into consideration every time we create a new design. We hear you, we love you & we thank you for your support.
All the Love, Wandar West
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past weekend, and for the first time, Wandar West excitedly joined the already large and constantly growing Honolulu Night Market family.
When we arrived to set up, the sun was still out. The scene seemed mildly chaotic; people moved from left to right, arms wrapped around boxes full of clothes, knick-knacks, and all sorts of intricate trinkets. In the warm afternoon haze shoppers drifted in and out of the warehouse.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, there was a quick change in atmosphere. More and more people arrived. Performers on unicycles and stilts weaved through the crowd. Musicians took the stage. Shoppers became spectators. And the air felt electric.
Being at the night market was an incredible and unique experience for us. The crowd ranged all-ages and had people from all walks of life. It was a place where fashionistas connected with sea lovers, yogis with foodies, and all other sorts of mixes. For one night, one square block represented the most passionate, eccentric personalities of Oahu.
We of Wandar West, felt lucky to be a part of it. There was definitely an overwhelming sense of support. To our delight, our functional and fashion forward surf bikinis received raving approval.
If you haven’t already, we highly recommend visiting the next Night Market. It is held every third Saturday of the month in Kaka‘ako. We hope to see you there!
With all our love, Wandar West.
Contributing author: Antonina Javier
Over the last few months there have been a lot of changes here at Wandar West. One thing that remains the same is our desire to contribute to the surfing community and stay connected with one of our favorite organizations - Mauli Ola.
On May 18th we were able to volunteer and be a part of the surf experience day they hosted in Waikiki. It was a beautiful sunny day filled with surf stories, salt-water hugs and sandy feet on surfboards.
There are times when Mauli Ola is able to sponsor a trip for one very deserving family that has been greatly affected by cystic fibrosis. This family has not just one, but three children living with cystic fibrosis. There are two sets of twins in the family and this is one of the twin girls who faces the challenge of balancing a normal childhood with all the medications required for her to just be able to breathe on a daily basis.
This day was different though.. Being by the ocean and being in salt water helps reduce her congestion and gives her one day of breathing easier. The salt water acts as a natural therapy and although it hasn’t yet been fully approved by doctors, they are starting to see the benefits in children that are exposed to these natural saline treatments and how it could possibly decrease the need for traditional medical treatments.
I will always have this day in my memory. A day of laughter, a day of surfing and lei making and realizing how truly lucky we are just to take in a breathe of fresh air with ease. I send all of my good wishes to this family and hope they always have this organization as a support group to their family. To learn more about Mauli Ola and show your support, please go to their website at: www.mauliola.org.
Learning how to surf can be one of the most gratifying experiences. Surfing allows you to connect with all of the elements; sunshine, sandy beaches and of course the ocean. It's not just the aspect of riding waves that is enjoyable but also the feeling of letting go of worries and just being free.
If you're new to surfing or just like to remember how far you've come from catching that 1st wave, these tips will help you get up and riding smoothly.
THINK BIG - If you're just starting out, your board should be really big and stable. The first thing you learn is how to pop-up and you can't do that on something too short or too thin. You'll want at least a 9 - footer and something sturdy.
LOSE SLEEP - You don't want to surf when it's windy, which is usually later in the day. The water gets choppy, so you're always getting splashed in the eyes, and it's harder to paddle out. The waves move differently too. Best to go out in the morning when it's glassy and calm.
LOOK OUT - You will go where you look, so if you're looking at your feet you're going to fall. Keep your feet spread a little wider than your shoulders and loosen up. If you're standing too straight, you'll get tossed.
TAKE THE FALL - Don't be afraid of falling. It's only water. In fact, fall as much as you can when you're starting out. That way you will get over your fear. When you do fall though, make sure you're behind your board. You don't want to tangle with the fins on your board or have a wave turn a board into your head.
LEAN INTO IT - Now you need to learn how to angle left or right to do what's called a bottom turn. See how your wave is going to break. If you want to go right, then shift your weight in that direction, riding on your rail. That will turn you and will give you a really nice take-off.
Last but certainly not least, make sure you have a good bikini that stays in place!
Happy Wave Riding!! We will be posting more tips to help progress your surfing soon!