A girl touches something above her head

The Waikiki Parc Hotel is known for its chic, contemporary ambiance and beachfront city vibes. To add to that, the boutique hotel will be treating guests to a rotating art exhibit four times per year.

The artwork not only brings sophistication and beauty to the Parc’s promenade but also promotes up-and-coming artists who are students (or recent graduates) of the University of Hawaii.

The very first exhibit features a recent grad, and my high school classmate, Nicole Naone. Her collection recalls the “eccentricity of childhood and expressions of adulthood’s ample mishaps,” according to the release. Her sculptures have been influenced by the works of Frank Gehry, Elsa Peretti and Barbara Hepworth.

Most times, guests may take for granted the effort and creativity put into decorating a hotel. We walk right past the sculpture by the elevator or overlook the paintings on the wall. This exhibit, however, is a great way to encourage guests to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak.

Naone’s works will be on display from July 22 to Oct. 31, 2013. After that, there will be a collection on display by a new young university artist.

Photos Courtesy: Halekulani Corporation

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