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H&M welcomed 800 on opening night

March 27th, 2014

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.
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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A mutt stole the show at 'Mutts and Models' fashion show

February 27th, 2014

namodelsAnne Namba's models line up after the "Mutts and Models" benefit fashion show for the Hawaiian Humane Society.Nadine Kam photos

There was a time Anne Namba was a "normal" dog fan, liking them enough but not one to go overboard in coddling a pet, unlike her friend Anna Meng, who doesn't mind stating she likes animals more than people and puts her money and time where her heart is as a contributor to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

But hanging around Meng turned Namba into a bonafide dog person and the two teamed up to present a free fashion show, "Mutts and Models," on Feb. 21, as a benefit for the HHS, at Namba's 324 Kamani St. boutique.

When model Shanna Hulme emerged with Namba's new puppy Dingo in her arms, a chorus of "Awws," rose from the crowd, evidence that the mere sight of pets really do make people happy. Other models included a gallery of TV personalities: Olena Heu, Kathy Muneno and Trini Kaopuiki.

Namba is known for her use of Asian-inspired prints and fashions created from kimonos she collects throughout Asia. This time around, she showed ombre silks in colors ranging from aqua to turquoise to purple, bustiers from obi fabric and laser-cut leather, and strapless gowns created from wedding kimono fabric.

nambaDesigners Anne Namba, left, and Anna Meng, with Anne's new puppy, Dingo, who stole the show when model Shanna Hulme emerged with the live accessory.

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The event served as a prelude to the humane society's "Tuxes & Tails Bow Wow to Hollywoof" gala coming up April 5, with the idea of providing that event's attendees (and others) an opportunity to pick out something unique to wear to the gala or other special occasions.

Inspired by the gala's theme, Namba created an Old Hollywood collection of 1930s- and '40s-inspired evening wear, including bias cuts, pleats, sequins and a black, sequined lace gown in a fishtail silhouette, all accessorized with jewelry by Meng, owner of The Meng Dynasty.

The show also featured evening attire for men, including sleek tuxedo jackets with a modified mandarin collar.

With a portion of sales from the evening donated to the humane society, animal lovers were shopping before the show even started.

najewelryAnna created four love-a-dog-themed bracelets for the event.

nambatTrini Kaopuiki in a strapless gown fashioned from wedding kimono fabric.

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

December 31st, 2013

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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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.

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