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Mu'umu'u Heaven offers gift card contest

February 7th, 2014
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Mu'umu'u Heaven
is offering the opportunity to win a $100 gift card as their Valentine's Day gift to one lucky person.

Stop by the boutique at 767 Kailua Road and guess the correct number of hearts in a glass jar. The winner will be announced the morning of Feb. 14.

Good luck! Call 263-3366 for more information.

'Wish to win' pieces from Kipling's spring 2014 collection

February 6th, 2014
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Kipling USA is giving fans the opportunity to "Wish to Win" some of its latest spring styles at Kipling-USA.com. Follow the instructions, create a wish list, pick four of your favorite styles, and keep wishing:

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These were my picks:

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Ross moves into new location at Pearlridge

November 13th, 2013
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The newly open Ross Dress for Less store at Pearlridge Center, Uptown, is dressed for the holidays. Nutcracker figures start at $12.99, Santas from $14.99, and gift stockings run from about $7.99 to $9.99.Nadine Kam photos

Holiday shoppers looking for the Ross Dress for Less store at Pearlridge Center last weekend were a little confused when they looked in the usual location to find it gone.

The store has a new location Uptown, where bargain hunters will still be able to find clothing, accessories and housewares at 20 to 60 percent off department store prices. The store is in the site that formerly housed Borders Books & Records. Enter through an elevator in the parking lot between Uptown and Downtown, or from the mall.

If you're on a tight budget, it's a good place to pick up holiday decor, toys for the kids and clothing for the family. I found holiday dresses in the $14.99 to $24.99 price range, and with the recent spate of cold, rainy weather—it was crazy driving through white-out conditions!—many shoppers were in the outerwear section, searching for something warm, whether for here or their winter travels.

To celebrate the new store, and just in time for the holidays, Ross is sending me a $25 gift card and wants one of Hawaii's fashion tribe to go shopping with $25, which goes a lot further at Ross than most other stores! (If you're reading from somewhere else, sorry but this contest is for Hawaii readers only.)

Just add a comment to let me know if you're interested in winning a $25 gift card and I'll add your name to a drawing and pull the winner at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Good luck!

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Angel sculptures in silver and gold.

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A glint of metal can also be found in apparel, such as this sequined designer shift, and jewelry pieces for the holidays.

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Lace is another of the fall trends.

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A "Toyland" section is stocked with playthings for little ones.

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More ornaments and decorative items for the holidays.

Governor's Fashion Awards honors Hawaii talent

November 1st, 2013
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David “Pua” Rochlen of Surf Line Hawaii/Jams World was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the reinstated Governors Fashion Awards ceremony that took place Oct. 30 at The MODERN Honolulu. Longtime fashion veteran Dale Hope, in a vintage 1965 Sandwich Isles tapa-print jacket presented the award with Gov. Neil Abercrombie.Nadine Kam photos

It was one of the best-dressed events of the year as the Hawaii's fashion industry gathered to honor their own during the reinstated Governor's Fashion Awards ceremony that took place Oct. 30 at The MODERN Honolulu, the dazzling finale to the inaugural Hawai'i Fashion Month.

Before announcing the award winners, Gov. Abercrombie, self-conscious about his age, chuckled as he spoke of having known Surf Line Hawaii founder David Rochlen, and Hilo Hattie inspiration Clarissa "Clara" "Hilo Hattie" Haili.

While it's easy for many of us have grown up with a certain amount of entitlement to bellyache about how hard it is to get ahead these days, he reminded the audience that we can look at behemoths like Hilo Hattie and Surf Line/Jams World today and imagine they were fully formed from the beginning, but he said that was not the case, and in reference to Rochlen, said he had a strong belief in the industry and the confidence to make things happen back in the 1960s when no one was listening.

For the governor, it was an eye-opening experience to watch how a few key people in the business and fashion communities could come together to make a big difference in a few years, such as launching Aloha Fridays to boost sales of aloha wear.

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From left, Hilo Hattie's Terri Funakoshi, CEO/President Don Kang and Felix Calvo. The company was named Major Retailer of the Year, and Kang also picked up the award for Outstanding Professional of the Year for his part in rescuing the company following Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Otherwise, the company would likely not have survived to see its 50th anniversary this year.

In their remarks, Hawaii Fashion Incubator co-founders Toby Portner and Melissa White, co-chairs of Hawai'i Fashion Month along with Sen. Will Espero, said it is still their aim to see where the needs and goals of the fashion community intersect, and to bring competitors together to work for the common good of the entire industry.

Industry veteran Dale Hope reiterated that point in his tribute to 'Iolani Sportswear, saying how he was afraid to approach company founder Keiji Kawakami for help, but that it was common in the early days of the industry for competitors to help each other out in times of need, when machines broke or if they needed a loan to get by, and he later learned that Keiji felt fortunate for having been helped by Watumull's.

In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, David "Pua" Rochlen of Surf Line Hawaii/Jams World said that when he found out about it, he didn't know why he won and thought he was too young to receive it. He humbly acknowledged that he was once told of running the company started by his father, "You did one thing right, you didn't screw it up."

He reminded all that the Hawaii fashion industry is about more than clothing, but offers the opportunity for all of us to connect with a lifestyle, culture, food, and all the things that create a feeling others can't find at home or anywhere else in the world.

He also announced that he is starting a petition to encourage the state to acquire the Nike building in Waikiki to showcase made in Hawaii products to the visitor market year 'round.

Here are the winners of the Governor’s Fashion Awards, announced Wednesday night at The Modern Honolulu at the close of the inaugural Hawai‘i Fashion Month:

>> Major Retailer of the Year: Don Kang, Hilo Hattie
>> Boutique Retailer of the Year: Deborah Mascia, Mu‘umu‘u Heaven
>> Emerging Designer of the Year: Cora Spearman, Coradorables
>> Established Designer of the Year: Rona Bennett and Lan Chung, Fighting Eel
>> Designer, Contemporary: Ari South, Andy South
>> Designer, Aloha: Jamie Makasobe, Ane Bakutis and Hina Kneubuhl, Kealopiko
>> Designer, Couture/Formal: Anne Namba, Anne Namba Designs
>> Designer, Jewelry: Jason Dow, Jason Dow Inc.
>> Photographer: Harold Julian, Harold Julian Photography
>> Wardrobe Stylist: Amos Kotomori, Amos Kotomori Ltd.
>> Beauty Professional: Paul Brown, Paul Brown Salons
>> Outstanding Professional: Don Kang, Hilo Hattie
>> Lifetime Achievement: David “Pua” Rochlen, Jams World

Congratulations to all, the finalists, and all those who put in the work day after day to make Hawaii a more beautiful place to live.

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Pua Rochlen with wife Heather and keiki Nacho, David III and Pumehana, surrounded by Surf Line/Jams World 20-year employees. He bought three tables for his loyal 20-year workers.

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Carla and Lloyd Kawakami of 'Iolani Sportswear were honored as the company marked its 60th anniversary this year. The family recently lost matriarch Edith Kawakami, but Carla said if she were here, she would remind them that any honors are  not about us as the owners, but about the people who make it happen and the people of Honolulu. (more…)

Michael Tam RMH Retailer of the Year

October 29th, 2013
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Retail Merchants of Hawai'i Retailer of the Year Michael Tam in the Martin & MacArthur workshop.Courtesy Martin & MacArthur

Here are the winners of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii's Ho’okela Awards, honored Oct. 24 at the 2013 RMH annual conference that took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.

Retailer of the Year: Michael Tam, Martin & MacArthur president and CEO

Local-born Tam returned to Hawaii in 2008 with a track record of senior leadership in global companies such as Nordstrom, McDonald’s International, Starbucks, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Tam and chairman Simon McKenzie are responsible for leading the Martin & MacArthur team to achieve sustainable, profitable, and long term growth and making the company more relevant to today’s lifestyles.

During the past five years, Martin & MacArthur doubled the number of craftsmen it employs, now totaling more than 30. It opened nine new stores, including its first stores on the Big Island and Kauai.

Martin & MacArthur represents nearly 200 local Hawaii craftsmen in its stores, making it the single largest supporter of fine craftsmanship in Hawaii. The company is also at the forefront of koa reforestation, working with private land owners on the Big Island and Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods. For every piece of furniture sold, Martin & MacArthur plants a new koa tree in honor of the customer.

Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Retail Industry: Kelly Kauinana, Pearlridge Center marketing director

Retail Business of the Year, State of Hawaii: Tori Richard

Retail Business of the Year, Hawaii Island: Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Retail Business of the Year—Kauai: Ishihara Market, Ltd.

Retail Business of the Year—Maui: Uptown Service, Inc.

Retail Business of the Year—Oahu: Fisher, Hawaii, Inc.

Retail Employee of the Year: Laura Ross, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Resort Business of the Year: Hawaiian Quilt Collection

Neighborhood Retail Business of the Year: Eki Cyclery

Best New Retail Business of the Year: Island Olive Oil Co.

E-Commerce Retail Business of the Year: IDEAL808

Founded in 1901, the Retail Merchants of Hawai'i is a state-wide not-for-profit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawai'i. According to RMH, the retail industry is the largest single generator of general excise tax revenue and employs almost 25 percent of the workforce in the state.