Pretty in pink on Girls Day

March 5th, 2013
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coragirls2Nadine Kam photos
Guests at the Kahala Hotel Veranda's Girls Day Tea showed up in their Sunday best.

By Nadine Kam

It was all about the young and fashionable set when the Kahala Hotel's Veranda hosted a Girls Day Tea and informal fashion show featuring designs from its keiki boutique L'ill Nell's, styled by Cora Spearman, creator of Coradorables. True to her diva style, she delivered a picture-perfect finale, with all the girl models dressed in hot pink wigs and frothy tutus that had some of them twirling like prima ballerina.

Little girls in the crowd came dressed to impress, causing one adult to remark, "I feel so shame, kids today dress better than I do."

Guests were greeted by a buffet of tea sandwiches and sweets, lots of sweets, so much so that the children in the audience were bouncing off the walls, and it took a while to corral some of them for a group photo. In between shots they were running around, dancing, and yes, fighting when one of the girls popped in front of the others for a diva-like turn front and center, was called out and duly outcast, before the swirling began again seconds later.

Ah, Girl World. So glad I was never part of it, choosing instead to observe from a safe distance while doing my own thing.

Boys were given equal opportunity in the show, showing up in crisp aloha shirts by Coradorables and grownup-quality knits from Masala Baby.

The event also marked the launch of HI Tea Shop's Keiki Haute Tea for Coradorables, a fruity caffeine-free blend of lilikoi, mango, orange and marigold in green Rooibos.

For those of us merely enjoying the show and setting, it was a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. I do enjoy being a girl!

corafamilyEvent coordinator and Coradorables creator Cora Spearman with her family, hubby Chris Chang and daughter Izzabelle.

corachocoRaspberry truffle pops were among the sweet treats awaiting kids of all ages.

coramochiThere was also pink mochi to mark Girls Day.

corafinaleA very pink finale with wigs and candy colored crinoline pettiskirts.

coramodel1Kiyomi liked her Coradorables dress so much, she danced her way around the Veranda.

coradorablesDozens of Coradorables dresses and separates are available at the Kahala's L'ill Nell's boutique, which opened last fall to make it convenient for vacationing parents to shop for resort apparel for their kids.

coramodels2Two more Hawaii-style looks from Coradorables.

coramoreMore styles reflecting Cora's vision.

coraswimKiyomi in a Juicy Couture swimsuit, with mom Tracie Asayama.

corajuicyThis Juicy Couture swimsuit was so adorable, but the model was actually having a meltdown. Which I don't really understand. When you're a kid, life is all fun, new and carefree. I never had meltdowns or threw tantrums until I became an adult.

corawuCourtesy photo
Brandon Maxwell in a Masala Baby ensemble.

corakidWatching the show was Chloe with mom Thea Schwartz Johnson. Chloe is in her own Twills and Twigs jumpsuit with leopard flats. Mom is in Trina Turk.

coragirlsNadia Kouchi with her daughter Lauren, who's wearing an Isabella & Chloe tutu dress from Nordstrom.

coraafter1This little girl looks sassy in her UGG-style boots.

coraafterOlive Taylor shows ladylike style, with dad Benjy.

coraendiveEdibles included soy-ginger chicken salad in endive cups.

corapbNutella chocolate and banana sandwiches.

coragrillGrilled cheese sandwiches.

coradessertsBrownies and lemon bars.

coracupcakesMulti-flavored cupcakes.

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