By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Alyson Kintscher, center, is in a dress by Tiare Hawaii, with models in Gillia dresses, during a celebration of Aloha 'Aina's second anniversary Oct. 19 at Royal Hawaiian Center.
Aloha 'Aina Boutique's celebrated its second anniversary at Royal Hawaiian Center on Oct. 19, with a showcase of designs by local designers Noelani, Tiare Hawaii, Gillia, MauiMari Ocean Jewelry and Luce & Me.
The boutique will also be among those participating in the holiday edition of “R Style Social” taking place Nov. 16, and you can look forward to Aloha 'Aina offering a 10 percent discount storewide.
The center's R magazine-inspired open house event, running from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will showcase outfits and accessories from participating stores.
Guests are invited to pick up the magazine and an R Socialite Pass at the check-in desk between bebe and the Apple Store on level 1 of Building C. The first 200 customers will receive a complimentary Royal Hawaiian Center water bottle or vanity bag.
Visit each of the participating shops and boutiques to receive R Socialite Pass stamps. Completed passes may be turned in at the end of the night to enter a drawing to win the grand prize of a $500 Royal Hawaiian Center gift card or a $250 gift card. No purchase is necessary to receive stamps.
Other participating stores and specials:
Allure: Complimentary Georgette solid color pareo with purchases over $75
Anteprima: Complimentary limited edition Anteprima tote with any purchase over $450.
bebe: Receive a 20 percent discount on regular priced items. (Must present discount
card that will be handed out in-store during the event. Discount card valid
through Dec.31, 2012.)
Da Kine: Complimentary Da Kine T-shirt with purchases over $75.
Honolulu Cookie Co.: Enjoy a complimentary cookie .
Juicy Couture: Receive $50 off purchases of $200 or more.
Love Renaissance: Receive a complimentary Love Renaissance shoulder bag with any purchase and try the Swaness series cosmetics to receive a trial gift set.
Mocchin: Receive a 50 percent discount on select items.
Princesse Tam Tam: Get a free “tweeker” bra accessory with purchases over $50.
Ranger Sports: Receive 10 percent off the entire store .
Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop: Receive a 5 percent discount on purchases of more than $100.
RHC’s validated parking promotion offers one hour free parking with validation and $1 per hour for the next three hours for a maximum of four hours. After four hours, standard parking rates apply of $6 per hour. Special event parking validation rates are available at $5.
For more information, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Lei ‘Ohu Guest Services at (808) 922-2299.
Aloha 'Aina boutique owners Gina Fukeda and Seyon Chan, right, said they never had to alter their local product mix since opening. Customers just "got it." Oddly enough, they're one of the few businesses in Waikiki that show a diverse local product line. Other stores are devoted to single brands or imports from East and West.
Gillia designer Saori Santo was taking pre-orders for her fall/spring clothing collection. I fell in love with it right away and especially the dress she's wearing, though in the dusty rose color up front.
Mari Diller, of MauiMari Ocean Jewelry, flew over from Haiku to be at the event.
Noelani, of Haleiwa-based Noelani Designs shows some of her sunrise shell jewelry. Below, she pairs them with colored stones that match the vibrant colors of the shell's interiors. She said the shells definitely don't look like this when she gets them from diving friends. They're dull and covered with ocean crud and need cleaning and polishing to bring out their vivid color.
Jane Hoskins, right, launched her fall collection for Tiare Hawaii, with model Alyson Kintscher.
Jane was thrilled to see this little one in Tiare Hawaii for keiki.
Some of the edibles that still looked good. Beef skewers, spring rolls and other heavy pupu were decimated.
Desserts from Panya.