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H&M welcomed 800 on opening night

March 27th, 2014
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hmmainA crowd gathered at the red carpet entrance to the newest H&M store at Waikiki Business Plaza. The line extended along the left side of the building.H&M courtesy photo

Eight-hundred invited guests crowded the entrance of H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, March 26, marking the grand opening of the international retail giant at the Waikiki Business Plaza, the first H&M store in Hawaii.

The event included food from chef Chai Chaowasaree, a concert by indie band Best Coast, and of course, it marked the first time attendees could shop the racks, full of spring trend items for men and women, including grand opening specials on accessories as low as $1, and apparel as low as $5.

The two floors could barely contain the crowd, and it took a lot of weaving and dodging to move through a crowd that has waited years to be able to shop the brand's reasonably priced contemporary apparel. It was such a frenzy that afterward, several people said they were so tired and relieved to get out the door.

H&M also unveiled an installation featuring artwork by local surf photographers Mike Coots, Sarah Lee and Zak Noyle, whose photos are being featured on a trio of limited-edition H&M T-shirts. All proceeds from sales of the shirts will benefit AccesSurf, a non-profit organization that provides surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation for people with disabilities.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today there are 310 stores in the United States and more than 3,100 H&M stores in 53 markets worldwide.
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H&M is in the Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave.

hmgraceHawaii News Now Sunrise anchor documents the moment for television. She's in H&M's spring pink and florals.Nadine Kam photos

hmfansBest Coast played a 12-song set for an appreciative crowd at the center of the store. For a sampling of the band's sound, click on the photo.

hmstaffFrom left, H&M staffers Katie Shamblin, Diana Johansson, Marina Müller and Olivia Vongphet.

hmstafAlso representing H&M, Meng Hok, Marissa Ferretti and Michael Steven Gallegos.

hmmodOf course there were models among the guests, from left, Pono Fernandez, Nalani Ravelo and model-turned-photographer Daniela Voicescu.

hmnapresH&M North America president Daniel Kulle, left, with local surf photographers Sarah Lee, Zak Noyle and Mike Coots, whose photos are being featured on limited-edition T-shirts, below, sales of which will benefit AccesSurf. H&M photos

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Willows launches new bridal fair

March 6th, 2014
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wibridesModels for The Bridal Boutique posed for a photo with Photographix Unlimited, which offers photo booth services for party guests.Nadine Kam photos

The Willows Restaurant  hosted its inaugural Ho‘omaika‘i, a wedding and special events fair, on  Feb. 28, 2014, highlighted by a family-oriented special occasion fashion show by 'IOLANI Sportswear, and a mini bridal fashion show presented by The Bridal Boutique, featuring gowns by Alfred Angelo Bridal and Casablanca Bridal.

The event offered prospective brides and grooms the opportunity to tour the venue, sample its famous buffet, sample wines from The Wine Stop, listen to the music of wedding performers Maila Gibson & Ben Vegas, Kanoe Gibson and Randy Allen, and Smooth Remedy, and check out other vendors including photographers, lighting and sound specialists, videographers, florists, favor specialists, and bakers.

Hugo Higa, M.D. was there to share non-invasive cosmetic procedures to help couples look their best for photos or the ceremony, and Ho'ala Salon & Spa touted ways to prepare and de-stress before the big day.

There was also prize giveaways and The Bella Project was there to collect donations of  wedding or prom dresses, tuxedos, and other formal wear and accessories toward helping teens in need attend their proms.


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The Willows general manager Garret Kamei said his catering staff is available to attend to many of the details that make wedding planning a headache, from providing the buffets and professional staff, all in a convenient location with valet parking.

Although old-timers are well-aquainted with this historic, multi-complex site, it remains a hidden, unexpected oasis in the midst of the city, that younger couples have yet to discover.

The Willows Chapel has been the site of many isle weddings, and the venue can host celebrations for up to 150 people in private rooms, as well as restaurant buy-outs for larger events.
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The Willows Restaurant is at 901 Hausten St. Call 808.952.9200.

wiphotoA photographer from Photographix Unlimited keeps his eyes on the brides. The photos are printed on the spot for guests who utilize the company's photo booth services.

willowsThe Willows chapel at night.

wicakeGuests eye some of the creations by Cakeworks Bakery, above and below.

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wifavorCelebrations' sakura- or cherry blossom-themed favors are a favorite of brides.

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Flag-J marks 1st year in Hawaii with Taboo launch

December 31st, 2013
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Taboo grants an interview to Reiko Tokushige Rogers during Elements at The Modern Honolulu.Nadine Kam photos

Japanese-based women’s shoe boutique Flag-J celebrated its first anniversary in Hawaii during Elements at The Modern Honolulu on Dec. 27, with celeb appearances by DJ/rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Hype 5-0, and Tiara and Tamara Rapp of 8 Flavahz.

The event also marked the launch of Jump, a new collaboration shoe line by Taboo. During media interviews at the event, he said of his partnership with the brand, "I love Japanese culture and fashion and I'm inspired by all the designers in Japan. I can't wait to get back there."

Guests who arrived early were welcome to shop the brand, as well as other popup vendors such as Allison Izu Denim, Summer Style, Flutter Lashes and Koi Boutique.

I was ending my second day of a five-day juice cleanse so wasn't up to staying out very long.

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Beauty Spot: M·A·C hosts 'Divine Night' events

December 19th, 2013
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A photo from a previous "Divine Night" event.Photo courtesy M·A·C

M·A·C Cosmetics will be introducing its new holiday collection "Divine Night" at the Ala Moana Center Dec. 20 to 22, with models showcasing the newest looks, accompanied by disco performances at various times throughout the event.

Book an appointment with a M·A·C Artist who will create a stunning look for you, sending you home with a photo of your glam moment. M·A·C senior artist John Stapleton will be there to answer questions and offer product demonstrations.

Hours are:

Dec. 20: Noon to 9 p.m.
Dec. 21: 11 a.m.  to 8 p.m.
Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.

For more information, call 955-0356.

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While there, also check out the RiRi M·A·C Holiday Collection.

OniCon: Atelier-Pierrot brings Harajuku to Honolulu

November 6th, 2013
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Atelier Pierrot designer and CEO Yuko Ashizawa is in white at center, with her models at OniCon Hawaii.Nadine Kam photos

OniCon, an annual three-day anime convention born in Galveston, Texas, made its way to the Hawai'i Convention Center over the weekend, giving cosplayers one more reason to dress up. (The name of the convention comes from the Japanese word for "demon/ogre" so there was a lot of ashy looking blue and green skin in the crowd.

The highlight for me was the Atelier-Pierrot fashion show that took place Nov. 3, showcasing the Japan brand's Gothic Lolita style.

CEO and designer Yuko Ashizawa was in town to show the designs, including signature corset skirts, dresses and jumpers in rich-colored taffeta, plush velvets and sturdy jacquards. Attendees could shop the collection in a boutique area, were pieces ranged from about $130 for a corset belt in black fabric, to about $300.

Atelier Pierrot has several stores, notably in LaForet Harajuku, Shinsaibashi Osaka, which also carry such related labels as Fairy wish, Chantilly, Juliette et Justine, Mary Magdalene, Victorian Maiden, Alice garden, Snob, Miho Matsuda, AN-TEN-NA and Doris.

After the show, fans could meet the designer for a tea party in the Maid Cafe. It would be great to have a permanent cafe allowing cosplayers to bring a little bit of Harajuku to Hawaii every day.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/atelierpierrot


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Yuko Ashizawa was introduced after the show.

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Models in Atelier Pierrot's white and black bustle corset dresses.

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Men can find something to wear too.

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Marlie, left, and Amberlina Machado wear their own creations.

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Nicole Miyasato, left, with Nikki Ames.

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Nao-chan.

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From left, Sola Nagaoki, Grace Francisco and Eila Phillip.

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From left, Misha Woodward, Abby Dela Vega and Kari Noe.

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