Archive for April, 2014

24 Karats Surf launches cafe

April 30th, 2014

24 Karats Surf has reopened its Waikiki flagship boutique with a new in-store café. — 24 Karats Surf photo

24 Karats Surf has reopened its Waikiki flagship boutique with a new in-store cafe. (Courtesy 24 Karats Surf)

The beach style boutique 24 Karats Surf hosted a grand reopening celebration April 25 to mark the debut of its new in-store cafe.

The beach shack-styled cafe at the front of the beach cottage-inspired boutique adds to its leisure vibe, with a simple menu of iced ($3.50) or hot Waialua Coffee ($3) available to shoppers, who can sip and relax while browsing the store's collection of T-shirts, shorts, hoodies and other casual apparel.

Customers can also purchase pancake mix and packaged coffee at the café counter, and more collaborative food products will be available later this year.

The Japan-based 24 Karats Surf opened in 2010, specializing in casual apparel inspired by 1970s American culture, which has won the brand a celebrity following in Japan.

It's not a store opening anymore unless guests are carrying the latest accessory. From left, Brittany Kevan with Gigabyte, Kristen Nemoto and Kaitlyn Murphy with Lulu.

It's not a store opening anymore unless guests are carrying the latest accessory. From left, Brittany Kevan with Gigabyte, Kristen Nemoto and Kaitlyn Murphy with Lulu. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)


Erika Tateoka, left, and Ayako Tanaka were among the guests.

Erika Tateoka, left, and Ayako Tanaka were among the guests. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

Surf-themed T-shirts.

Surf-themed T-shirts. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)


24 Karats Surf logo cookie.

24 Karats Surf logo cookie. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

The grand opening event was catered by Taormina. Guests examine dishes that included prosciutto and melon.

The grand opening event was catered by Taormina. Guests examine dishes that included prosciutto and melon. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

Crab claws topped a dish of pasta

Crab claws topped a dish of pasta. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

Mini dessert offerings included tiramisu from Taormina.

Mini dessert offerings included tiramisu from Taormina. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

24 Karats Surf is at 280 Beach Walk Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (808) 924-0024.


Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

Second life for ACT II goods

April 25th, 2014

Pretty Puccis all in a row, were up for grabs at a fraction of their original price at Hawaii Opera Theatre's annual ACT II fundraiser. (Courtesy Hawaii Opera Theatre)

Pretty Puccis all in a row, were up for grabs at a fraction of their original price at Hawaii Opera Theatre's annual ACT II fundraiser. (Courtesy Hawaii Opera Theatre)

Hawaii Opera Theatre’s annual ACT II fundraising fashion event is on, continuing to 6 p.m. today and April 26, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27, with new and gently used couture and designer apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry, art and home notions for sale.

A preview took place last night for those willing to pay $50 for the privilege of shopping first, enjoying wine and pupu in the process. Otherwise, admission is free.

The merchandise for ACT II comes from HOT from supporters, with some avid shoppers passing on items that were never used, still bearing price tags.

I was lucky enough to find a beautiful updated kimono-style jacket by Naoki Takizawa, unused, tags on, for $150. The regular price for the design by the Uniqlo design director and Issey Miyake protege, was $780. Takizawa's was one of the brands once carried by Neiman Marcus, where I picked up one of his dresses, a black wool number I love, with wrap cording. His aesthetic is clean and simple, with edgy details.

I also picked up DVF's neon Mara sequin top, dating to Spring 2012, that I used to style Johnelle Anderson in a fashion piece for HI Luxury magazine at that time. I liked it then, when it was priced new at $385, and apparently, I like it better now for $45!

Hawaii Opera Theatre's ACT II fundraiser takes place at the HOT Rehearsal Hall, 780 S. Beretania St. Limited parking is available at Hawaii Opera Plaza (848 S. Beretania St.). Otherwise, there's street parking. Visit for more details.

Happy picking!

Johnelle Anderson in Diane Von Furstenberg's neon Mara sequin top that I picked up for $45.


More items that were up for grabs Thursday night (photos courtesy Hawaii Opera Theatre):

Designer footwear and handbags.


A rack for Chanels and other designer apparel.


A blast from the past, a lace jacket with a Carol & Mary label. For those too young to know, Carol & Mary was THE luxury store at Ala Moana Center, a contemporary of Liberty House, long before LH gave way to Macy's (Nadine Kam photo).


It's not all about apparel. There's also homewares, art and collectibles.


Samantha Thavasa opens

April 25th, 2014


Samantha Thavasa, a popular women's leather goods brand from Japan, offered a press preview a day in advance of its grand opening at Ala Moana Center April 25.

In celebration of the opening, the first 100 customers in the store will receive a complimentary eco bag. The first 20 to spend more than $200 will receive a "Mini Mini Azel," a collectible accessory in the shape of a handbag.

Shoppers will find a vast selection of handbags, small accessories and luggage, in a range of shapes, styles and colors for every age and personality, from demure, ladylike purses and pastel accessories, to trendy crossbodys, and some in bright neon colors for look-at-me personalities.

Prices start at $72 for a key case, $266 for a handbag, and $271 for a traveler's small roller logo bag.

Company president Masakazu Terada was in town from Japan for the event.


Here are a few of the designs available:





Red Flower blooms at Spa at Trump

April 24th, 2014

Catherine Caldwell gets a double arm and hand massage at the Spa at Trump, as an introduction to the Red Flower product line. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

Catherine Caldwell gets a double arm and hand massage at the Spa at Trump, as an introduction to the Red Flower product line. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

The Spa at Trump introduced its newest luxury product line, Red Flower, with a pamper party that took place April 23.

There were hand massages showcasing the organic spa line that started in 1999, launching at Barney's New York that year.

Red Flower's original claim to fame was its petal-topped candles. The petals match the scent of the candles, honoring their country of origin, such as French lavender, Indian jasmine, Icelandic moonflower and Spanish gardenia.

The idea of topping the candle with a flower was intended to help create a ritual that would urge people to slow down and pause to remove the blossom, before lighting the candle. Touching the flowers also scents the fingertips, literally getting people to stop and smell the flowers.

Those scents have made their way into treatments, such as a Healing Hawaiian Ocean Ritual and Naturally Yours Facial, that will be launch in the fall.

In the meantime, the products are available for purchase, and might be a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day, along with a gift certificate for relaxing a spa treatment.

This pretty pink candle and spa set is rooted in the scent of Japanese peony.


Red Flower's Ocean Moisturizing Body Lotion and Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub will be used in the spa's body treatments.


When not in the massage chair, guests enjoyed cocktails and this tomato cappuccino with truffle essence foam, topped with a mini carnita slider, from Trump's Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge.


Louis Vuitton Ala Moana introduces 'Haute Maroquinerie'

April 23rd, 2014

Ala MoanaThe newly renovated Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center made room for its Haute Maroquinerie bespoke handbags for those who want a hand in creating their own signature purse.David Franzen Photography

Louis Vuitton reopened its expanded Ala Moana Center store with an early morning blessing April 19, before the center opened.

The expansion allowed the arrival of LV's Haute Maroquinerie, with a special salon for afficionados of made-to-order leather goods, one of the few select LV boutiques offering the bespoke service worldwide.

The one-of-a-kind handbag personalization service offers clients the ability to select one of five shapes in two different sizes, with a palette of 26 colors in eight different types of leather, as well as hardware.

Ala MoanaThe store's new look.

lvdivaNadine Kam photos
This little pom, Diva, loves being toted around in LV.

lvpupDiva's human, Noelle Sasaki.

lv leathersThose seeking a personalized  'Haute Maroquinerie' handbag start by selecting one of five designs, available in two sizes, then has a choice of 26 colors and eight different styles of leather.

lvhardwareThen comes hardware selection.

The shapes available are:

>> Noé: Designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton in 1932 to carry champagne bottles.
>> Triangle: Created in 1934 to carry knit works.
>> Lock-it: A 1958 design that owes its name to the expression used when protecting ones’ precious belongings.
>> Milaris: One of two contemporary designs.
>> Neo Steamer: Trapeze-shaped original introduced in 2011.

Louis Vuitton's relationship with Hawaii dates back 32 years, when Ala Moana Center became home to its first freestanding store in Hawaii.

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas, noted, “Louis Vuitton has accompanied travelers to Hawaii since early 1880. Hawaii is one of our most vibrant markets with sophisticated global clients who appreciate the value of luxury.”

To commemorate the grand reopening, LV partnered with Hawaiian artist, dancer and cultural expert Sig Zane, to design artwork for the store’s vestibules. The hand-carved ilima design—honoring the history of the area—is accompanied by Zane's original Hawaiian chant, "Ka Lanakila Pio," expressing a love story between Louis Vuitton and Hawaii. The poem is written on kapa that resembles the Louis Vuitton damier pattern, with Hawaiian symbols of spear, pathway, waves and mountains.

In addition to women's leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, the expanded store carries a greater assortment of menwear and accessories.

For the opening, Louis Vuitton also created a limited edition Monogram Idylle pendant necklace, in 18k white gold necklace with sapphire pendant.

lvzaneFrom left, Brandy Serikaku, Kuhao Zane and Sig Zane in one of the vestibules bearing the artwork they created in collaboration with Paris artisans.

blessingThe store is blessed before employees and guests enter.

lvblessEmployees hands-on involvement with blessing the store.

lvmenPicture This! Photography
Part of the new menswear department.

lvfashThe reoriented staircase to the store's second floor. (more…)

Kate Spade Saturday to open Saturday

April 18th, 2014

Saturday's all right for shopping, and is fittingly opening day for Kate Spade Saturday at Ala Moana Center with refreshments from 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 to mark the occasion.

Where Kate Spade is pretty and proper, this sister brand is geared toward KS's younger, tomboy sibling, with dresses, separates and accessories geared toward bringing a carefree weekend vibe to every day of the week, with bright colors, graphic silhouettes and bold prints.

Prices are less that of the original brand, with shorts running about $80, simple tops starting at $85, and dresses are about $140.

The brand launched in Japan in spring 2013, and after it won U.S. fans online at, brick-and-mortar stores popped up in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, and now, arguably the nation's fourth most important fashion city, Honolulu.

The 1,041-square-foot store features apparel, handbags, shoes, tech accessories, fashion accessories, home goods and lifestyle items, with new products to be delivered weekly.
A special feature is a charging station where customers can charge their phones while they shop.

Here's a peek from a press preview earlier today.

kssatThe display at the front of the shop showcases weekend ensembles for play or casual daytime soirée.

sattowelThere's color in beach towels and wood bead bracelets.

kswallWall displays have a playful, youthful, college dorm vibe.

ksstripeBold black and white. Jennifer Sojot, below, tried on the dress in the background.


SatneckWhimsical seed bead necklaces are $45. (more…)

JLH marks 90th anniversary with Jazz Era soirée

April 16th, 2014

jlhholdFrom left, Kristina Belcourt, Bridgett Relphorde, who made her own cigarette holder from rolled cardboard that she blinged, and Michelle Richardson.Nadine Kam photos

Feathers, fringe, flappers and lace were in abundance and "Giggle juice" flowed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort April 12, when the Junior League of Honolulu went back to its Jazz Era roots—founded in 1923—to mark its 90th anniversary with a luncheon/fashion show featuring garments from Tori Richard's Spring 2014 women's collection.

In addition to the fun, glitz and glamour of the 1920s "Great Gatsby"-themed celebration, there was also some serious work going on as the organization pledged to give $90,000 to Oahu nonprofits over the next three years through its 90th Anniversary Community Fund. $45,000 will be awarded this year. The balance of the fund will be distributed over the next two years. Members also recognized past recipients of its annual Laura N. Dowsett Award, and honored JLH's 2014 recipient Cheryl Hetherington.

The award is named after Laura Nott Dowsett, a founding member of JLH and its president from 1933 to 1934. Hetherington, a civic leader and longtime Junior League member, received the award that was created in 1982, to recognize a sustaining member who personifies the spirit of voluntarism, the value of specialized training, the effectiveness of advocacy and the qualities of leadership developed in the JLH.

CherylHetheringtonHetherington served as JLH president from 2002 to 2003 and has raised money for a number of nonprofits including Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of O‘ahu (25th Anniversary), Honolulu Academy of Art (Kama‘aina Christmas), The Contemporary Museum (ConTempo) and JLH. Before dedicating her skills to community service, Hetherington practiced law as a solo practitioner from 1979 to 1994, taking on many pro bono cases in Family Court. A member of the Hawaii Bar Association, she served for five years with the Hearings Committee of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Hawaii.

In recognition of the group's annual "Sacs in the City" fundraiser, more than 10 high-end handbags were auctioned to help support JLH's community programs.

jlhfashThe event was also highlighted by an informal fashion show featuring the Tori Richard Spring 2014 women's collection.

jlhFrom left, Becky Harrison, JLH president-elect Penelope Paik Thune and Ina Chang.

jlhpinstripeFrom left, JJ Dentel, Jeri Duncan in mobster pinstripes, and Tiffany Sterbin.

jlhjenJennifer and Justin Dotson.

jlh2Jessica Yamauchi, left, and JLH president Deborah Zysman.

jlh20sA photographic display dating from the 1920s to the present, played tribute to the Junior League founders and early members. Today, we tend to have a costumey view of 1920s fashion, but this is more typical summer dress.

jlhjJanice Choate-Zavakos looks her 1920s best in white and lace down to her stockings.

laceI did white lace as well, snapping a selfie outside my house, with Lynn Murray Sien's "Naked Pearl" rope necklace and Whiting & Davis mesh purse. I have at least three 1920s Mandalian mesh-and-enamel purses that I used to use, but today, they're too small to fit such 21st century necessities as phone and car keys. (more…)

Tori Richard: New look, new spot at Ala Moana Center

April 16th, 2014

torimainDiana Chavez modeled a Tori Richard "Fine Dandy" romper ($115) for my story that ran in the Star-Advertiser's print edition on March 27.Dennis Oda photo

Tori Richard celebrated the grand opening of its new Ala Moana store with an April 2 celebration featuring pupu by MW Restaurant's chef Wade Ueoka, and entertainment by Taimane.

The event was also a benefit for the Honolulu Museum of Art outreach programs, with a portion of opening day sales going toward after-school residencies for public school children, and the "Warriors Eyes on Art" program for transitioning soldiers.

The kamaaina company is already well known for its menswear, but is approaching its sixth decade with a refresh of its boutiques to coincide with an increased focus on its rapidly growing women's line.

Key to the new approach was the arrival of designer Jessica Zaro, who worked with Lilly Pulitzer and Shoshanna before joining Tori Richard in 2011 as creative design director for the Tori Richard woman. Her "beach to bar" philosophy encompasses a strong dose of color and print, along with knowledge of how contemporary women want to dress.

"They want clothing that's versatile, that can be worn during the day, then dressed up with heels, a clutch and perfect jewelry at night,"Zaro said. "I like to keep it simple but fashion-forward."

She said she was excited by the opportunity to work for Tori Richard, whose resort aesthetic appealed to her own vision of the glamorous life.

"Living in New York City, I lived for my summers,"Zaro said. "I loved to wear color and a flowy dress that felt so easy and chic at the same time. Everybody strives to have that lifestyle."

There are 8 million visitors who visit the islands annually who seem to suggest so, and I have a feeling the company will be dancing circles around young national upstarts by the time it's 60th birthday arrives in two years.

tori4Among those shopping at the grand opening of the new Tori Richard boutique at Ala Moana Center were, from left, Dave Erdman, Conchita Malaqui, Scott Wheldon and Tao Miller.Nadine Kam photos

toriJoanne Marques, left, helps Jon and Dora Valdriz at the Tori Richard shirt bar, that allows men to pull together complete ensembles.

toriartStudent art filled display spaces and windows, as little ones showed their printing skills and had their names affixed as brand labels.

toritUkulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performed.

iPhone video taste of Taimane's sound.

torilifeWords of encouragement in the dressing rooms.

torikBrynn Foster, left, and Kristen Chan arrived fashionably late.

toricCrystal Pancipanci with Marc Mcclellan.

torigreenDennis Oda photo
This floor-length design from Tori Richard is $149.

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