Grace Nikae has enjoyed a global, multi-faceted career as a world-renowned musician, cultural ambassador, writer, speaker, educator, and now as head of digital marketing for Prince Waikiki.
As a concert pianist, she has established an international reputation as one of the leading and compelling artists of her generation. Hailed worldwide for her “poetic and fiery” playing and her performances of “superb technique and powerful expressiveness”, Nikae’s busy touring schedule of concerti, recital, and chamber engagements took her around the world each year for over two decades. She has appeared in many of the world’s foremost halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Corcoran Gallery, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Nagaoka Cultural Center and Matsukata Hall in Japan.
Nikae’s engaging personality and many talents have been widely recognized by the media, and her performances and interviews are frequently broadcast on national and international radio and television. She has spoken on a wide range of topics from politics, education, leadership, the arts, technology, business development, and culture throughout North America, Japan, Europe, and Africa. She currently hosts the Prince Connects series and is also the voice for the television show, “What’s Happening, Hawaii”.
Passionate about change and creative innovation, Nikae has over a decade of experience in digital strategy. As a programmer, she has built hundreds of web and mobile applications and has served as brand consultant for organizations in Spain, New York, France, Canada, and Switzerland. Upon joining Prince Waikiki in 2017, she led the property’s digital marketing transformation. Her efforts across search engine marketing, social media platforms, website optimization, event production, and online branding and reputation management have anchored Prince Waikiki’s rebrand as a luxury hotel and secured its ranking as the number one hotel on Oahu on TripAdvisor.
An active educator, Nikae has also given masterclasses, interactive workshops, seminars, and lectures at conservatories and universities throughout the US, Asia, and Europe, including Barnard College, Lawrence University, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the Toho School of Music in Japan, the University of Toronto in Canada, and the Real Nacional Conservatory in Spain.
A portion of her career has also been dedicated to humanitarian efforts. As an American cultural ambassador for the US Department of State and artistic ambassador for UNICEF Spain, Ms. Nikae’s music and educational philosophy bridged cultures and formed the foundation of her work with children across developing nations in Africa and Central Asia.
Born in Japan and raised in Hawaii, Ms. Nikae was a child prodigy who began her musical education at the age of nine months. At age three, she gave her first television appearance, performing Haydn’s C Major concerto and reading aloud from a Mark Twain novel. Her debut as orchestral soloist came at the age of eight with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and at the age of thirteen, she performed her news-making solo recital debut in Japan. Upon graduation from Iolani School, she attended Columbia University and The Juilliard School in New York City.