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.

Honolulu Night + Market July 2016: Dog Days of Summer

By: Amanda Stevens Jul 17, 2016


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Canine cuteness was everywhere at this month’s Honolulu Night + Market, themed “The Dog Days of Summer” and located at the SALT complex in Kakaako. Event stand-outs included doggy flower crowns by Paiko, body-painting by HennaLove Hawaii and fresh cut flowers from Su-V Expressions. To stay cool during the humid Saturday evening, attendees gravitated to Aloha Pops, Juic’d Life, Mr. Tea and Ono Pops.

Musician Tavana drew a huge crowd at the stage area, and included a chicken-skin performance of “Hawaii 78” in his set. For the first time in Night Market history, there was an all-male fashion show featuring apparel from Roberta Oaks, Sig Zane, Prototype, Eroix, Aikan, Salvage Public and Barrio Vintage, and styled by Rance China – his third styling gig at this event.

Here’s a look at our favorite party pics, and a second gallery featuring the fashion show:

Photos by Amanda Stevens


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Q&A: Miss Hawaii 2016 Allison Chu Q&A:

By: Amanda Stevens Jun 13, 2016

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Humble. That’s the word that comes to mind when describing Allison Carol Nanea Chu, the newly crowned Miss Hawaii 2016. I’ve known the 22-year-old since she was in high school. Soon after her discovery as a model she was booking national campaigns and walking the runways of New York Fashion Week. Allie is just as genuine and unaffected by the limelight now as she was then.

Chu graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in psychology. You’ve probably seen her a bit on “Hawaii Five-0,” and she’s been trained as an opera singer since she was 5. That training was a major factor in her win in the talent competition of Saturday night’s Miss Hawaii pageant.

As Miss Hawaii Chu goes on to compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City this September. I had a chance to chat with her backstage after the pageant.

What was your earliest memory of Miss America and Miss Hawaii?

For as long as I can remember, I would watch Miss America and Miss Hawaii every year with my mom, but I never dreamed that I would be here, let alone be here with so many incredible women. It’s amazing to be a part of this organization.

What do you hope to accomplish during reign as Miss Hawaii?

My uncle Jim was diagnosed with skin cancer when I was younger. Growing up in Hawaii, being in the sun is such a part of our lives. I want to reach out into the community and promote my platform, Safe in the Sun: prevention and early detection of skin cancer.

I am also going to work hard to represent Hawaii, my family and friends, at the Miss America pageant.

As someone who has accomplished so much at such a young age, what advice would you give Hawaii youth?

I went to Kalani High School, I grew up in the public school system. As long as you are hard-working, you’re determined and you have something that you feel passionately about, you can accomplish anything that you want.

(Left to right) Miss Kaka’ako – Hali’a Parish, Miss Kahala – Chelsea Clement, Miss Hawaii – Allison Chu, Miss Diamond Head – Tesia Melani Worley, and Miss Latina Hawaii – Tiffany Johnson.

Miss Hawaii 2016:

Miss Aloha Latina – Allison Carol Nanea Chu (talent – opera)

Winner Talent

1st Runner-Up:

Miss Kahala – Chelsea Clement (talent – Tahitian dance)

2nd Runner-Up:

Miss Diamond Head – Tesia Melani Worley (talent – hula)

3rd Runner-Up:

Miss Kaka’ako – Hali’a Parish (talent – vocalist)

Winner Swimsuit

4th Runner-Up:

Miss Latina Hawaii – Tiffany Johnson (talent – lyrical dance)

Pageant photos by Paul Hayashi

Amazing Hawaii Comic Con 2016 Day 3

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By: Amanda Stevens May 23, 2016

Day 3 of the Amazing Hawaii Comic Con crowd was pretty impressive — aisles were buzzing and many attendees stayed until the very end. The Frolic team made it a point to visit as many panel discussions as we could.

It was great to hear behind-the-scenes insider scoops from Hawaii’s own Mat Nastos, creator of Shogun Knight, along with other heavy hitters at the Robot v Kaiju panel. Also very interesting and quite earth-friendly was the Hawaii Indie Filmmaker panel featuring local guy Sam Campos, creator of Kamenaze (think “The Walking Dead” meets “Kamen Rider”). Campos designs and makes the coolest costumes and masks from recycled materials.

Here’s Day 3, followed by my favorite looks from the Cosplay Red Carpet featuring Twisted Cuts on Friday night:

-Photos by Amanda Stevens

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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