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Waikiki Beachcomber dresses itself in the original art of the islands

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Acclaimed extreme surf photographer Zac Noyle uses waterproof cameras to capture his stunning images.
(Ben Thouard )

Inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaii, the Waikiki Beachcomber is unveiling a collection of original art.

From the floors beside the elevators to the walls behind the beds, the commissioned works feature underwater photography, prints and music.

Here’s a partial list of the 12 artists whose creations are part of “The Beachcomber Originals”:

  • Erin Ibarra, known as Hawaii’s “chalkboard queen,” is a self-taught muralist. Her “Floors of Flora” can be found beside the elevators on each floor of the hotel.
  • Vince Lim, well-known for his drone photography of Honolulu, created an aerial image of Waikiki Beach that appears in each guest room.
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Photographer Vince Lim, who is known for creating images using drones, took this aerial shot of Waikiki Beach. The photo hangs in each guest room at the hotel.
(Vince Lim)
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  • Makana, a popular slack key guitarist in Hawaii, wrote and performs “The New Sound of Waikiki,” music that is heard in the public spaces.
  • Zak Noyle, one of the world’s best-known surf and underwater photographers, shot the dramatic wave scene that appears on the wall behind each guest bed. His underwater imagery, stretching 75 feet, covers a ground-floor tunnel leading to the elevators. Noyle will also host photography seminars.
  • Margo Ray created the colorful painting that covers an entire wall inside the hotel’s Maui Brewing Co. location. The 64-foot painting features the late “Auntie” Beverly Noa, one of the state’s best-loved hula dancers.
  • Printmaker Abigail Romanchak strives to create a sense of Hawaiian identity and culture in her works that appear in each guest room.

“The Beachcomber Originals” is part of a $35-million makeover of the hotel.
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