South Shore Market opens Friday in Kakaako

(from 11/10/16 – Amanda Stevens_

img_0221South Shore Market opens Friday morning at Ward Village – a new 25,000-square-foot shopping and eating complex on Auahi Street beneath T.J. Maxx. The surf-meets-arts-and-culture marketplace with an urban loft vibe will be home to 18 locally owned shops.

Check out the lineup below to see what’s opening at 10 a.m tomorrow, Nov. 11. Future weeks will bring the openings of Chinatown’s Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, Kakaako’s Lucy’s Lab Creamery, Kauai’s Brick Oven Pizza and other eating places. Plus there’ll be opening celebrations and discounts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – look for the schedule at the bottom of this post.



Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf is an apparel brand for kids aged 2-10. Inspired by streetwear culture and the arts, the store features renowned artists and brands from around the world.

Cameron Hawaii

Cameron Hawaii is a unique beach resort lifestyle brand, celebrating the life and travels of Cameron – a girl who explores the world after moving to the mainland from the Islands.


Eden In Love dressing room with and art gallery vibe.

Eden in Love

Owners Tanna and Bryson Dang opened their first Eden in Love boutique at Ward Warehouse. From their fully stocked scarf bar to an exclusive obi belt collection and statement necklace display, the boutique has something for everyone.



Fishcake Pop-Up

Fishcake is a home furnishing and gallery experience showcasing modern furniture designs, accessories and artwork for the contemporary home. Founded in 2007, the company has become an active player in Hawaii’s design scene and hosts locally made products, exhibits, private events and more.


Flotsam & Co.

Just as “flotsam” describes wreckage from a ship, Flotsam & Co. incorporates found material into its handmade jewelry, giving new form and life to objects which may otherwise be considered debris.




Kealopiko was founded in 2006 out of a paper bag in the back of a truck. It started with a shared vision among three friends to make T-shirts that broke the traditional mold of how Hawaii has been portrayed for so long.



MORI by Art + Flea

MORI brings the unique shopping experience of Art + Flea by showcasing local designers and artists on a retail stage. Its purpose is to provide a compelling environment that embraces the spirit of Oahu’s creative small business community.



Salvage Public

Salvage Public is a menswear brand designed in Hawaii by Hawaiians. All products are made in the United States.



Big Island Delights

Family-owned Big Island Delights has been creating premium cookies and confections in Hilo since 1996. Their product line includes locally grown coffee, crisp bagel chips, jerky, gift baskets and much more.

… and more coming soon

Brick Oven Pizza – Opening 2017
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Opening December 2016
Holoholo Market – Opening December 2016
La Muse – Opening December 2016
Lucy’s Lab Creamery – Opening December 2016
Nalu Health Bar – Opening December 2016
Twin Islands – Opening December 2016
Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop – Opening 2017

Opening events this weekend

Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Family Fun Zone
Canvas Tote Art
Letters to Soldiers
Balloon Making
Photo Booth
Live Performances by The Willards, Pepe, Martin Saito, DJ Jami Jam, Bryson Andres, Kings of Spade and Hooptown Hotties

Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Family Fun Zone
Canvas Tote Art
Hawaiian Humane Society Pup Up
Live Performances by Martin Saito, Sean Croucher, Big John, Mansions and Scott Ohtoro
Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Core Power Yoga Class
Family Fun Zone
Canvas Tote Art
Photo Booth
Meet & Greet with Pro Surfer Carissa Moore
Art Explorium Keiki Art Class
Kapiolani Think Tank – Make Your Own Acai Bowl plus live performances by Martin Saito, Sean Croucher, The Willards, Tahiti Rey and Joanne


South Shore Market at Ward Village
1170 Auahi St.
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Restaurant hours vary

You can find more South Shore info here and more on Ward Village here.


Future designers at UH Manoa’s 50th student fashion show

(from 5/3/16 – Amanda Stevens)


The Fashion Design and Merchandising Program celebrated 50 years of UH Manoa’s Senior Fashion Shows on Sunday night at Kennedy Theater. More than 500 attendees viewed collections from two seniors, eight juniors and 11 alumni designers including Matt Bruening of Matt Bruening designs, Terilynn Okimura of Volto Couture based in New York City and Joelle Perry, owner of a custom bridal gown business.

The two senior designers symbolized the wide array of aesthetics that have come through the venerable program.


Moses Gouveia, a graduate of the HCC Fashion Technology program, created a collection that is soft and feminine, inspired by the beauty of Manoa Valley. The rainbow hue swimsuits were his standouts.


Kari Begay channeled her inner adventurer and interest in motorcycles to create her collection. She dreams of building a brand that will provide riders with classic wearable clothing on the open road.

Here are highlights of the evening, shot by photographer Lyle Amine.


Hopefully this 50th anniversary milestone will bring more attendance, attention and funding to the Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Styling Kimie Miner

(from 4/26/16 – Amanda Stevens)


What happens when an adventurous, free-spirited singer-songwriter decides to update her onstage style? And not just any singer-songwriter, but one of Hawaii’s best. Kimie Miner, who’s toured with Barrington Levy and Anuhea, was just nominated for a pair of Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best New Album of the Year for the self-titled “Kimie Miner.”

Miner describes her fashion style as “beachy island boho girl meets globe trotter urban dweller.” When I asked about her style influencer, she answered, “Erykah Badu, because her fashion reflects her lifestyle, and I think it’s important for your fashion to reflect who you are and what you believe.”

It was inevitable that she would be introduced to Kailua designer Emily Valdez.

The two are kindred spirits. Both have traveled extensively from a young age, look for ways to give back and are passionate about their respective crafts. In fact it was Valdez’ travels to Indonesia, where she met a girl whose family couldn’t afford to send her to school, that inspired her clothing brand. Valdez’ purchases of the shell necklaces made by the girl helped her raise the money for her education. She named her line Yireh – Hebrew for “Jehovah will provide.”

Here are highlights from Miner’s first style session with Valdez, followed by photos of what the singer wore onstage for her next two performances.


Valdez styles Miner in some of her new Yireh collection pieces. Miner is wearing the Cairo dress in coral, Valdez the Ari Bells pant.


Mixing and matching: the top of an orchid Mita dress ensemble and the Ari Bells pant.


Inka long drifter wrap and Lakey fringe black dress.


Taking a twirl in the Mykonos jumpsuit.

For Miner, philanthropy is part of her music. As a result of the style session, she wore Yireh at two benefit concerts at Makers & Tasters. The first helped a teen and his family offset some of his major medical expenses.


Miner performing in a long Mita side slit dress.


Here’s what Miner wore at Friday’s Mana Mele Festival concert, a benefit for Hawaiian-focused public charter schools.


Miner wore the Milos long drifter wrap over her black dress.

Miner’s new music video, “Bottom of a Rainbow,” premieres this Friday, April 29. You can check out her music and her upcoming performances May 8 in Iwilei and May 26 in Monterey, California on her website,

Party pics: OluKai’s new collection

(from 4/3/16 – Amanda Stevens)


On Saturday, the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club was the site for OluKai’s soiree to showcase the launch of their new collection. It definitely was reason to celebrate, their new casual footwear collection is now exclusively sold at Nordstrom Ala Moana Center. A new design of their very popular drop in heel shoe was also on display.

The hotel will open to the public in mid-April and was the perfect location for the exclusive soiree, with its vintage North Shore surf vibe and decor. Kamea Hadar was on hand, etching his art onto OluKai collector tins, and the bar and kitchen were serving up refreshing and tasty drinks and treats.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite soiree pics:

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Goodwill Kaimuki revamp

(from 4/1/16 – Amanda Stevens)

Through their job training programs, Goodwill is known for providing people with employment barriers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Thanks to a hand-up from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and the creative input from the 50|50 Agency, the Goodwill store in Kaimuki received an epic makeover to coincide with their rebranding campaign.


With “live mannequins” modeling in the windows, the store’s bright space accented with fresh hues of blue and modern industrial touches was revealed at Thursday’s private reopening for VIPs that included super shoppers, board members and media.



The new design formula will eventually be rolled out to all of Goodwill Hawaii’s program locations, donation centers, and stores on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii island and Kauai.



Goodwill president, Laura Smith and board members welcome attendees.


Goodwill program adults with disabilities provided entertainment.

My fashion-partner-in-crime Rene and I styled the models (he did their hair and makeup) –we’ve both been volunteering our visual merchandising expertise for the past four years.



This look, a neoprene skirt and fishnet stockings reworked as a top, and an Oscar de la Renta tie.

Goodwill Hawaii will commemorate the redesigned store with a grand re-opening this Friday through Sunday with special offers and prize giveaways for shoppers.

Goodwill Kaimuki
3638 Waialae Ave.

M33Ms exhibit at Hound and Quail Outpost

(from 3/28/16 – Amanda Stevens)


The coolest aspects of architecture, engineering and art inspire jewelry designer M33Ms, aka Emiko Miyazawa. Her Mess Before M33Ms exhibit is a fascinating look at pieces with adjustable chain lengths, puzzle-like pendants and swivel rings that can pair with T-shirt and jeans or an evening ensemble. The exhibit is open today, March 28 and Wednesday, March 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Outpost, downstairs from Chinatown’s Hound and Quail.



Parts of timepieces inspire her jewelry creations.


Miyazawa’s first piece, a swivel ring, alongside the original sketch.


The exhibit is a third-anniversary celebration for M33Ms third anniversary. Installations feature the inner workings of Miyazawa’s thought process, design inspirations and the intent of her jewelry brand. From wearable art to her early sketches, it’s an inspiring, super personal reflection of her internal map. Try not to miss the Mess.

Mess Before M33Ms
Hound and Quail Outpost
March 28 and 30th 1-6 p.m.
920 Maunakea St.

Something new: Magnolia White couture bridal salon

(from 3/28/16 – Amanda Stevens & Melissa Chang)


Illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts, Italian ivory lace and body-con silhouettes: designer Galia Lahav’s haute couture bridal and evening gowns starred at a preview of Magnolia White, a Tokyo bridal salon opening April 1 at Hokua Tower. If the look is familiar, you may have seen some of Lahav’s creations on the red carpet at the 2016 Academy Awards.


Michelle Rodriguez wearing Galia Lahav – photo courtesy of

The staircase at 53 by the Sea was the runway. It was a great location for a Friday night fashion show. A posh seated dinner followed, and when Waikiki’s weekly fireworks started, lights were dimmed so the capacity crowd could enjoy the view. The restaurant also has two chapels, a groom’s room, a bride’s room and a fab ocean backdrop for on-site weddings.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

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Photos by Melissa Chang and Amanda Stevens

Magnolia White will showcase haute couture and ready-to-wear gowns from international designers exclusive to the Hawaii store including Lahav, Delphine Manive, Rue de Seine, David Fielden, Emmy London and Paris by Debra. The new Hawaii spot is only its second after its flagship in Minami-aoyama, Tokyo.


Photo courtesy of Magnolia White Hawaii.


Photo courtesy of Magnolia White Hawaii.

Magnolia White Hawaii
Hokua Tower
1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
Weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays by appointment