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Make-A-Wish dream comes true at Macy's

December 10th, 2013


Precious received a congressional proclamation honoring her as Ms. Believe Hawaii on Macy's National Believe Day.Nadine Kam photos

In celebration of Macy’s National Believe Day, Dec. 6, one Ewa Beach girl's holiday wish has already come true.

Precious, a 14-year-old girl, wished for a princess moment and a motorized wheelchair to bring her the independence all teenagers crave. Make-A-Wish Hawaii, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases, and Macy's teamed up to grant her wish, complete with a mall parade as she debuted her wheelchair with the help of marines and community supporters.

Back at Macy's, where Precious delivered her Believe letter to Santa, she was crowned Ms. Believe Hawaii. Dozens of local wish kids also showed up to drop off the hundreds of letters they've collected in support of the annual campaign.

believe letters

Your letters to Santa will help Macy's reach its goal of raising $1 million to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.

During Macy’s 5th annual “Believe” campaign, the retailer is donating $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received.

Letters in stamped envelopes, addressed to "Santa at the North Pole" will be collected through Dec. 24. Look for the red Santa Mail letterbox in Macy's stores. In the Ala Moana store, it's at the top of the escalators on the fourth floor.

Make-A-Wish has been granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses since 1980, making over 226,000 wishes become a reality. On National Believe Day, Macy's grants wishes to children in every state where there is a Macy's store, which have ranged from the simplicity of a new laptop computer, to the odd, such as making the lights go out in San Francisco.

When it comes to travel, many wishers get their wish to go to Disneyland. Hawaii is the second favorite destination, with about 900 getting their wish to come here each year. Also locally, there are about 85 people waiting to have their wishes granted.

believe cookies

After the festivities, supporters of Make-A-Wish enjoyed milk and cookies.

Japan students recreate 'Gatsby' style

December 10th, 2013


A hair piece was added on by this team to come up with their version of a glamorous Roaring '20s look. The women's gowns were provided by Masako Formals. Photos by Nadine Kam

For the fifth year, Honolulu hairstylist Kensei Takeda of Chez Kensei Salon, hosted a hair and makeup seminar welcoming about 80 students from Yamanashi Beauty College in Japan.

Kensei traveled to Japan during the summer to introduce students to "The Great Gatsby" 1920s theme of the competition that took place Dec. 4 at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

At about ages 19 and 20, the students were unfamiliar with what we would consider classic 1920s American style. But trends, even in a time of what we would consider limited media and travel, were global, and during the comparable early Showa period in Japan, a time also marked by deep economic recession, the Ginza scene was dominated by youths dubbed "Mobo" and "Moga," shorthand for the "modern boy" or "modern girl" recognized for their close-cropped hair, rounded hats and thick lipstick.

This year's theme was "Behind the Stage, Behind the Photo Shoot," so Kensei spent 2-1/2 hours showed students how to create three very different looks in hair, makeup and costume in a matter of minutes, before they were divided into small teams to create their own "Great Gatsby" look in an hour.

Afterward, students were judged for their effort, with spots for three winning teams. Here's how they did.


Many hands went into what became the winning look.


Kensei congratulates the winning team.


Kensei poses for a photo with the second-place finishers, with their winning basket of goodies and awards certificates. (more…)

On the job: Ivy Higa seeks assistant

December 2nd, 2013

Do you dream of living and working in New York?

Hawaii-raised designer and "Project Runway" alum Ivy Higa is now working at DKNY and is looking for an assistant/junior technical designer to help her and is putting out word to other ambitious, hard-working Hawaii designers.

She says, "The job would require a degree in fashion, some internships, knowledge of clothing, passion for fashion, great communication skills, eagerness to learn. It would entail helping take notes, coordinating and assisting in fittings, taking specs, assist in creating tech packs, organizing, filing, and must be able to multi-task well.

"It's an entry position, with an amazing team, and am hoping to find someone that's passionate, hard working, that's a good fit for us."

If you know any qualified individuals, or think you fit the bill, contact her at

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