Archive for September, 2016

Morimoto adds brunch+market

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September 21st, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Jewelry served up along with edibles during Morimoto Waikiki's monthly brunch+market food+shopping event.

Morimoto Waikiki has introduced brunch+market, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every last Sunday of the month. The event combines a Sunday brunch experience with pop-up shopping featuring local fashion, jewelry and accessory vendors. For multitaskers, it’s one way to fuel up while getting some early holiday shopping done.

During the inaugural event last month, I was able to browse between the time of placing my order and waiting for it to arrive. When our food was ready, the waiter alerted us so I was able to put an item I wanted to purchase on hold, and pay for it after I finished eating. No time wasted.

Among dishes served up during last month's inaugural event was salmon gravlox benedict.

The menu changes each month for those interested in trying something new. This month's a la carte menu on Sept. 25 will feature the following:

Biscuits and foie gras gravy, $16
Pork chop with tobanjan aioli, $20
Smoked marlin foccacia with avocado and tomato, $16
French toast with Asian pear, pecans and kuromitsu, v15
Shrimp on rice croquette with miso aioli, $18
Housemade spam and eggs, $15
Black bean sliders, $15
Chocolate chip pancakes, $12
Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers, $5

Steve and Elena Martin of Posh Hawaii will return with their hats, jewelry, clothing and accessories.

Market participants are:
POSH Hawaii
Beach Wahine
Waikiki Love
Ocean Secrets
Hooululani
Flower Eyes
Perfectly Posh

In addition, September is Hunger Action Month and the restaurant is accepting canned foods in support of the Hawaii Food Bank drive.
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Shell and pearl jewelry offered at last month's event.

Tessaley Antone of Tessaley's Traveling Boutique showed clothing last month.

A vegetable frittata was on the menu last month.

A5 Miyazaki wagyu and eggs were also on last month's menu.

Apple and pineapple bread pudding with wasabi-raspberry sorbet was a treat for dessert.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Neiman Marcus + polo field

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September 19th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Fourth generation polo playing brothers Carlitos, left, and Mariano Gracida, are the sons of 10-goal legend Carlos Gracida, from Mexico. With Emi Sklar, center.

The Hawaii International Polo Association presented the Hamptons-inspired Hawaii International Polo Championships Sept. 17 on Waimanalo Polo Field, welcoming international polo celebrities Nic Roldan, Luis Escobar, Juancito Bolini, and Carlitos and Mariano Gracida for a fundraising and exhibition match to support polo in Hawaii and provide horse clinics for disadvantaged youths.

Over in Honolulu, gray clouds loomed, and it was no different on the East side, but it made for a painless, sun-free sky with neither shades nor picture hat necessary to enjoy the sport. We wore them anyway in keeping with the spirit of the Hamptons in Hawaii, and in spite of the all-day gray weather, not a drop of rain fell.

Music by DJ Dorian Wright was the backdrop for the Hawaii Polo Life event that started with players arriving on the field via Makani Kai helicopters, and Red Bull jumpers BASE-jumped onto the field from the helicopter in a second pass.

On the ground, guests could check out new cars from JNExotics.

Tyeski Quintel brought her conure, Polito, named after Argentine polo player Polito Pieres. Little Polito hitches a ride on Marciano Gracidas' shoulder. (I think he was a little afraid of the bird.)

Neiman Marcus models on Waimanalo Polo Field before the start of the exhibition match.

Neiman Marcus was slated to stage a fashion presentation at half-time and had a comfy lounge set up for VIP guests, so it was like watching the game and parade of fashion—on both guests and models—from a living room sofa.

And of course there was food in addition to the finery, with Anicea Campanale of The Nook offering the best of upscale picnicking, including deviled eggs with wasabi and ikura, paté, Okinawan sweet potato salad, and more.

NM models, from left, Austin Kino, Eri Aihara and Alli McIntyre, show new fall looks available in the store now.

More looks from Neiman.

Among those showing up for the match were, from left, Mary Ronnow, Traci Brady and Lieren Pierson.

Also taking in the match were Ralph Perkins, with Angie Zhang in white lace.

North Shore horse and polo enthusiast Jeanna de Garcia, with a saddle-style bag from Mexico.

Local fashion designer Allegra Matsuo Mossman in one of her creations.

Model Daniella Abe in a denim look from Neiman Marcus.

The Nook's Anicea Campanale shows some of the food she prepared for the event, including charcuterie platters.

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Egg on egg. These deviled eggs topped with ikura had the perfect balance of salt and wasabi.

Delicious paté and shaved parmesan.

A dessert bar included mini apple pies for two and Magnolia Bakery's banana cream pudding, as well as an assortment of cookies, candies and macarons.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

'A' is for Avel and advocacy

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September 13th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Models in neoprene swimwear line up before the start of Avel Bacudio's fashion show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Resort.

"Triple Threat Advocacy" is not the frilly sort of name we expect from a fashion show, but designer Avel Bacudio's heart was in the right place as he staged a showing of swimwear, couture and Fall 2017 ready-to-wear designs in support of the Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired.

The nonprofit organization in his home country of the Philippines provides board, lodging, educational services and livelihood training and equal opportunities for visually impaired students to promote independence and meaningful lives. The school relies mostly on donations for support.

Designer Avel Bacudio shows one of his gowns before the start of his fashion show.

The event presented by Magnum Model and Talent Productions and sponsored by Philippine Airlines, took place Sept. 11 in the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Resort's Coral Ballroom. Audience members were treated to intimate peformances by recording artist Billy Crawford and Philippines Prince of R&B and Jay R Sillona, who both posed for selfies with fans in the midst of performances.

Among the models and opening the show was 2012 Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up Janine Mari Tugonon. She is in the running to become one of the Top 12 of 2017 Nu Muses. To vote for her, visit numus.es/janine. Anyone is welcome to cast one vote per day through 5 p.m. PST, Sept. 17.

Kekoa Lyons wears one of Bacudio's minimalist neoprene sweaters, sales of which will help support visually impaired children in the Philippines. Adult sizes run $75, children's sweaters run $55 at aveldesigns.com.

The close of his show brought out keiki and adult models in neoprene, digital-print sweaters emblazoned with "A"s and other letters of the alphabet, the "A" representing both Avel and advocacy for the visually impaired students.

The charity is close to his heart because of his own brush with blindness a decade ago when he suffered from retinal detachment that could have ended his career.

Bacudio was raised in Bicol, in Southern Luzon, better known for being home to one of the smallest freshwater fish in the world, the dwarf pygmy goby, than fashion. He rose to present his work on international stages after being chosen to participate in a student fashion competition in Paris. Bacudio earned the title of "Asia's Most Influential Designer during Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, beating 24 other designers from 11 countries throughout Asia. Shoe designer Jimmy Choo is one of his champions, and is working to bring Bacudio's work to the attention of fashion enthusiasts in the West.

Bacudio, 37, said his ambition is to have a ready-to-wear business on par with Ralph Lauren. For that to happen, he said, the Manila fashion industry must grow. Much like Hawaii, he said there is no shortage of design talent in the Philippines, but unlike China, Japan or Vietnam, the infrastructure for global production doesn't exist. "We need help from other countries to make it global," he said.

For now, buyers in the United States can visit aveldesigns.com, where pieces are running about USD$300 to $400.

Anna Davide, left, and Sheville Lee, in Avel Bacudio's neoprene swimwear.

Formal looks were presented during one segment of the show.

Allan Lee wears one of Bacudio's men's formal looks.

Singer Billy Crawford sang and posed for selfies with fans at the same time.

Group shot after the show.

Bacudio with one of his models after the show.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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