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Rizzo rocking surf-chic style in Waikiki

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Gold Coast Girl

By Jasmine Lombardi

Photography by Ijfke Ridgley

10.25.18

Nova Rizzo navigates Hawai‘i’s most famous ZIP code through the chicest rose-colored glasses.

A deep love for the palm-lined streets of Waikiki inspires Nova Rizzo to share the luxe island lifestyle via the96815.com. Her well-curated blog and Instagram account celebrate the neighborhood where Hawaiian royalty spent their summers and, in turn, motivate residents and visitors alike to explore the now-bustling streets with a fresh perspective.

Rizzo documents her experiences—think the hottest hotel happenings, spectacular spa treatments and hidden foodie finds—in Hawai‘i’s most famous ZIP code. Whether she’s listening to live music at Lewers Lounge or watching the sunset from the beach bar at Moana Surfrider, you’ll want to follow along. “My favorite spot as of late is Zigu, a Japanese restaurant and sake bar, for good food and vibes,” says Rizzo. When she’s not jetting from island to island as the regional manager of a Hawai‘i-based fashion boutique, you can find her cruising the coastline with friends aboard the Vanessa, a 62-foot Beneteau sailing yacht.

Though Rizzo has lived in some of the most sought-after locales—from Manhattan and Montauk, N.Y., to Sayulita, Mexico, to Los Angeles—her heart is here on O‘ahu, where she grew up part time and has now called home full time for more than six years. Today, Rizzo is a bona fide online influencer—contracted by brands like Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Sheraton Waikiki and more, to share her sun-drenched moments with eager onlookers all around the world.