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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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Sun-kissed, luminous, dramatic: Makeup looks for summer

(From 6/15/2016) – Amanda Stevens

Sun-kissed looks, luminous skin, dramatic brows, metallic and blue eye shadows and combo matte and glossy lips: These are some of the hot beauty trends of summer 2016.

We rounded up some model friends, asked makeup artists to help them achieve their summer wish looks and shot before-and-after pics. Whatever your complexion, here are their quick tips to take your summer look to the next level.

Dramatic filled-in brows, sun-kissed skin using bronzer


WANTS: A recent graduate of UH Manoa, Kiki is a makeup minimalist who usually heads out with just eyeliner and mascara. She wants a tad more definition this summer: more volume to her eyebrows and a natural, beachy look.


To fill in Kiki’s brows, Rebekah of MAC Cosmetics used Big Brow Pencil Spiked on sparse areas, and finished up with a Longwear Waterproof Browset precision brush to softly set her eyebrow hair, keeping it in place.

Studio Waterweight foundation and Pearl Blossom cheek highlight gave Kiki a sun-kissed bronze look across her nose and cheeks.


Shimmery sun-kissed skin, matte pink and pink gloss lips


MODEL: Nakeii
WANTS: An accountant who loves the outdoors and wants to hike every cool trail on Oahu, Nakeii wants brighter summer shades that can work for both the office and all-day outings.


Rebekah started Nakeii’s look with Natural Radiance Primer Yellow, a great foundation base for darker skin. This Could Be Fun blush and Sunny Surprise beauty powder gave Nakeii a soft pink satin sheen on her cheekbone area that blends well with her skin.


To achieve an all-day pink lip, Rebekah began with Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum, let it set a bit, then applied  Playful Petal pink lip gloss.


Highlight for luminescent skin, coral lip gloss

MODEL: Melody
WANTS: Melody wants some sparkle and life in her makeup regimen while keeping it professional. For her, it’s all about healthy-looking skin.


Jessi from the Face Shop applied Shimmer Makeup Coordinator to Melody’s T-zone for a luminous look. This also added contour and dimension to her nose and cheeks.


To complement Melody’s new luminous skin, Jessi applied a light coat of coral gel gloss to her lips.



Metallic bronze eye shadow, blue eye shadow on lower lid

Caitlin before

MODEL: Caitlin
WANTS: A game design and theater major at New York University, Caitlin loves going to concerts and plays in the Big Apple and wants a bit more drama in her look.


Dhyana of Face Art Beauty applied a Cerullean Blue eye shadow under Caitlin’s lower lashes and a thin coat of dark purple onto her waterline/inner lower lid. Both layers of lower liner should extend from corner to corner.


Here’s a closeup look at the bronze eye shadow from Urban Decay. Dhyana suggests using a brush for eye shadow and liner application to achieve a smooth or blended look.



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

Honolulu Night + Market: Hidden Gems


Hidden gems were uncovered at this month’s Honolulu Night + Market block party with lots of food and fashion offerings. Many opted to have breakfast for dinner at the Wild Candy Bacon food booth, and the fashion marketplace was buzzing with veteran brands like Salt Liko and new vendors such as SantoFit.

The highlight of the evening was the debut fashion show by Yireh, meaning will provide. Designer Emily Valdez captures the essence of tropical bohemian chic with flowing silhouettes, and is noticeably influenced by her travels to Indonesia with the bold ocean inspired prints and fringe embellishments.

Here’s a look at our favorite marketplace moments followed by fashion show pics below:

-Photos by Amanda Stevens

10th annual MAMo Wearable Art Show

10th annual MAMo Wearable Art Show


Maoli Arts Month, known as MAMo, celebrated its 10th Wearable Art Show Wednesday night at Hawaii Theatre. Founder Vicky Holt Takamine has fostered a creative movement showcasing Hawaiian design talent, and in recent years has invited other Polynesian artists to share the stage.

This year, designers from neighbor islands had a strong voice in the show, with artists from Kauai to Hawaii island showcasing creations such as silver hand-etched jewelry, lauhala hats and avant-garde apparel. Although the program is so long that there’s always an intermission, Takamine and co-emcee Robert Cazimero continue to keep the crowd engaged with ad-lib banter and educational facts about Hawaiian culture.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this year’s Wearable Art Show:


Anna Kahalekulu – 


Lufi Luteru in collaboration with Po Mahina Designs and Tara Gumpac –


Wahine Toa in collaboration with Kahukalea, Keala Designs, and Na Maka Kahiko –


Hone Bailey from Aotearoa –

Maile Andrade in collaboration with make-up artist Jonathan Freitas –Photo by Kyle Wright.

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Photo by Kyle Wright.


Keoua Nelson in collaboration with Lahaole Designs –


Kehaulani Kekua –


Marques Marzan –

– Photos by Kyle Wright and Amanda Stevens

Student designs: UH Manoa’s fashion show

(From 05/06/2016) – Amanda Stevens

UH Manoa’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program celebrated its 49th year with an impressive senior fashion show at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio Hotel on Sunday. It began with the theme Axis — the intersection of lines creating a point of origin. Whether because of the creative vision of student director Jeremy Divinagracia or budget constraints, the B-formation floor-level runway was ambitious and a welcome change from the typical raised runway.

The Axis theme guided student designers in expressing their heritage and philosophies in their creations. Here’s a look at some of my favorite runway moments from the seniors.

Legacy by Ayaka Hosomi
Heritage was a strong element in Hosomi’s collection. I loved the surprise elements of a feminine open back paired with the classic structure and construction of her Japanese-inspired designs. The collection definitely conveyed the axis of beauty and tradition.






Mod Nouveau by Gabrielle Sanehira
This collection featured simple lines and was heavily influenced by Sanehira’s background in photography. Her garments incorporate sheets of exposed and processed film.





Jardin De Papillons by Asia Joan Mateo
There’s a definite 1950s romantic, elegant vibe to Mateo’s designs. Her first look was a crowd favorite with little flowers randomly falling from within the dress, trailing the models’ steps. Her design inspiration was a butterfly’s thorax and the contrasting delicacy and strength of its wings.






Mirage by Grace Tsubaki-Noguchi
Of all the collections, Mirage had the strongest sense of whimsy and lightness. Tsubaki-Noguchi’s architectural silhouettes contrasting with feminine prints and fabrics created a softness with an interesting edge.






Adaptation by Li Jin King
Last year I was impressed with King’s stingray-inspired junior design. This year she turned up the design heat with her sultry creations. I love how she incorporated a Roaring 20s flair with fitted Chinese cheongsam silhouettes. I’m also intrigued by the draping and juxtaposing Eastern vibe of her men’s designs.






The 2015 Fashion Production students definitely took the show to the next level. I can’t wait to see what instructor Cynthia Tsark does with her students next year in celebration of the program’s 50th anniversary showcase.

Here are more creations from student designers.

Axis – 2015 UH Manoa fashion show

Axis - 2015 UH Manoa fashion show

New Wave – Junior Designer Group Collection.

— Photos by Eric Baranda


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.