Posts Tagged ‘Wyland Waikiki’


Wyland, Robin Graf, and me.

I really enjoy hanging out at The Wyland Waikiki and I’m not just saying that because I do the public relations for the hotel or because I’m a fan of Robin Graf, the general manager, golfer, sports nut, rugby player, social media explorer, and chief blogger responsible for Drop In To The Wyland Waikiki, who I can tell you is truly passionate about his guests and the experience people have at his hotel.

It has everything to do with the ambiance and friendliness of the staff who are always courteous and helpful when I’m on property, the guests who are always smiling and having a good time whether at the pool, in the Chill Room, at the Wy Bar, or just roaming the lobby, and just the overall calming feel of the art and sounds of water that surround you throughout the property. It’s hard to describe, but I’ve heard from a lot of people who share the same sentiment as I do. It’s just a nice place to be and there’s always something going on.


Wyland and friends celebrate the opening of the Studio Store.

Last night was no exception. Wyland was back in town to open the new Wyland Studio Store at the hotel. It’s a beautiful space with his colorful artwork covering nearly every inch of space on the walls. It was good to see Wyland again and to have more than 50 of his fans and friends, including Kim Taylor Reece, come down for the celebration. He signed books, sculptures, and even painted a turtle piece right before our eyes. Wyland is an amazing artist and a great guy doing some wonderful things to raise awareness about protecting and preserving the environment. It was a great evening at the hotel and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.


The lobby of The Wyland Waikiki.

So if you’re looking for a great place to stay or hang out while on Oahu, The Wyland Waikiki is a good option. The hotel may not be on the beach, but what you will find here is good value and a guest experience that will have you coming back again and again.


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Artists Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides and Carl Lindstrom with Wyland Waikiki General Manager Robin Graf at 2x2 Art on the Avenue this past Friday.

Even a guy like me appreciates art every now and then, especially when it’s the work of two local artists. Through the end of the week, The Wyland Waikiki is displaying the awesome art of Kristie Fujiyama Kosmide and Carl Lindstrom. The showing features abstract paintings by Kristie and photographic art of Carl, both emerging artists in the Los Angeles art scene.

Kosmides is regarded for her ethereal abstract works, while Lindstrom is known for his award-winning photography and photographic installations. Both artists tout Hawaii ties with Kosmides working/producing pieces from both her studio in Hilo and Los Angeles and Lindstrom being a product of the art program at the University of Hawaii.


Having worked in public relations the last 10 years, the odds of getting all four local TV news stations to cover a press conference for a soft news item is about as common as me getting into the ocean. It doesn’t happen very often. It’s not that we don’t know what we’re doing at McNeil Wilson Communications, but sometimes breaking news takes priority and reporters/cameras have to shift gears and go elsewhere.

So you can imagine how stoked I was when The Wyland Waikiki PR team was able to get all four stations (KHON2, KITV4, KGMB9, KHNL8) down to hotel for Wyland’s press conference. Sure he talked about his role as the Official Olympic Artist of this years games in Beijing, China. Sure he announced his next big public art project of 100 marine sculptures in 100 cities across the world over the next 25 years. Sure he painted a beautiful piece of art in front of everyone in minutes and donated it to Special Olympics Hawaii. But I’m still pinching myself that we got all four TV stations to cover the event. SWEET!

BTW, did I mention all this happened with less than 24 hours notice? Some may say we lucked out on a slow news day. I prefer to say I have a great team around me that knows how to get the job done. Kudos to my colleagues Michael Ni and Kimberly Miyashiro for the good work on this event. And to Wyland’s publicist Steve Creech in Los Angeles for tying up all the details so quickly. Mahalo!

I must confess that neither of the daily newspapers showed up, though the Honolulu Star-Bulletin did contact us for information and photos and ran this nice story today. But all in all, considering the circumstances, I’m calling this “mission accomplished.”

You can visit my Flickr page for more photos from yesterday’s event.

That’s life in PR for you and why I love the challenges of this profession. I’m sure my fellow flack and blogger friend Melissa Chang would agree.


World famous marine life artist and 2008 Olympic Artist Wyland will announce plans for his 100th and final Whaling Wall project at a press conference tomorrow – July 2 at 11 a.m. HST – at The Wyland Waikiki. Since the hotel is my client, our agency has been assisting in the coordination of the event.

Vernon Brown with will be live-streaming the press conference so those interested can tune in an be a part of history. The live stream will also be carried on the front page of USTREAM.TV. A big mahalo to V. Brown for his kokua!

The mile-long mural will be painted this summer in Beijing, China with the help of thousands of children from around the world celebrate the Green Olympics. Wyland, 51, has painted murals in more than 75 cities in fourteen countries that are seen by a billion people each year. The artist, who recently completed murals in American Samoa, England, and Brazil, is an official artist of United States Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Wyland’s efforts for conservation awareness have been recognized by the United Nations, Sierra Club, Rotary International, Riverkeeper Alliance, and Surfrider Foundation. His Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.


[Photo courtesy of The Wyland Foundation.]