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Fighting Eel marks 10th anniversary

July 23rd, 2013

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Emma Wo on the runway at Royal Hawaiian Center, where Fighting Eel celebrated its grand opening and 10th anniversary with a fashion show.

Fighting Eel marked two milestones July 20, celebrating the grand opening of the company's Royal Hawaiian Center boutique, and its 10th anniversary, with a fashion show of designs from the Waikiki store.

The show opened cute, with Baby Eel designs modeled by second-generation Eels, sisters and daughters of FE's Lan Chung and Linh Owen, before moving onto the adult, but fun and flirty styles that have won the hearts of women in tropical climes around the world.

The company started with just the universe of two dreamers, Chung and Rona Bennett, as outlined in my Star-Advertiser story, which you can read if you have an SA subscription:

It's always great to see a local company doing well. Happy 10th!

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A floral pineapple in the front of Fighting Eel's third and newest boutique bears the FE logo.


Pineapples also graced the runway, and after the fashion show guests were allowed to eat the decor. From left, Melanie Yang, Dara Lum and Fighting Eel's Lan Chung.

Kathy Pang, left, wears FE's pineapple print, with Susan Todani, center, and Jackie Todani.


Nani Hirosane, assistant marketing director, and Helene "Sam" Shenkus, marketing director at Royal Hawaiian Center, show their support dressed in Fighting Eel.


Singer Erika Elona looked cute in her Ava Sky dress, part of Fighting Eel's resort line.

Longtime Fighting Eel right-hand woman Linh Owen, above and below, introduces the fashion show for designers and FE owners Lan Chung and Rona Bennett, both in stripes at right.



The runway.

Swimsuit and Ava Sky tunic.


Second generation Eels, from left, Sophia Owen, Caitlin Chung, Ava Agor and Zoe Owen.


Food and champagne tables were also graced with pineapple centerpieces.

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