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Neko Café, for the love of cats

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June 26th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Michelle Brown didn't mind Cardamom's foot on her face at the one-day Neko Café pop-up inside MORI by Art+Flea.

Hawaii is home to lots of animal lovers and familiarity with the Japanese concept of cafés with animals—from dogs to goats to snakes to owls—you can snuggle up to.

But it all started with cats, and during Adopt-A-Cat Month, the Hawaiian Humane Society teamed up with MORI by Art+Flea and Morning Glass to present a one-day pop-up Neko Cafe at Ward Village Shops.

I thought it would be a lazy Saturday far from the masses at the grand opening of Ala Moana Center's Japan Village Walk June 25, but I arrived at MORI to see a long line and steady stream of people wanting in for the opportunity to sit and cuddle with a cat.

Because some of them were already cat owners with no intention to adopt, I have no idea why they would wait in line to pet another cat.

Many hands at work.

The event was to have ended at 2 p.m., but that's about when they cut off the line, still about two hours long because people who were sitting with the cats were in no rush to leave. By that time, nine out of 20 cats had been adopted.

MORI director Aly Ishikuni said she was surprised by the turnout and said because of the enthusiasm, this won't be the last cat cafe we'll be seeing in Honolulu. A lot of the people in the crowd are advocating for a permanent site to help alleviate the stray/abandoned cat over-population on Oahu.

As a bird person, I ask, how about a bird cafe too?

Hawaii people love a line.

Tania Torres dressed for the occasion.

Christine Kam of Hawaiian Humane Society holds on to one of the more active kittens.

In addition to petting cats and purchasing refreshments from Morning Glass, attendees could make a donation to the Humane Society to help care for animals in their charge. Kela Wong, left, and Michi Sato, were helping out.

Cat owners and cat lovers could shop for a variety of made in Hawaii cat merch, such as these YKNOT bow ties.

There was also cute ceramic ware, big and small, by Dee Oliva.

Something for the wall.

Or a tank top to wear.

Mahina Akimoto of Morning Glass, with one of the kittens.


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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.

Hello Kitty Cafe truck has arrived

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June 17th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck arrived at Ala Moana Center today, and hundreds of fans turned up to stand in line for edibles and merchandise.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck arrived at Ala Moana Center this morning for its first appearance in Hawaii, stationed in front of the Sanrio store.

The truck will be serving sweet treats from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through June 19, although it's best to go as early as possible, because cafe edibles were shipped over along with the truck, and once they sell out, supplies can't be replenished.

Candace Lin in Hello Kitty puffy bow.

Here's a video link

Special items offered are a five-piece macaron box set ($15) with one surprise Sanrio character macaron inside, a three-piece Hello Kitty cookie set ($12), and a four-pack of mini cakes ($15). In addition to the goodies, a Hello Kitty Cafe mug ($13), pink Hello Kitty Cafe T-shirt ($25), pink bow-shaped water bottle ($4) and puffy bow headband ($30) will be available.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck debuted at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014 and has been rolling up to festivals and events nationwide ever since, spreading Sanrio’s message of happiness, friendship and fun. Shipping the truck over was costly, but the company didn't want to let geography exclude Hawaii from being part of the fun.

Hello Kitty T-shirts and mugs for sale.

The truck opened at 10 a.m. today, but people were in line from 8 a.m.

Some of the items included a three-piece cookie set, coffee mug and bow-shaped water bottle.


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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.

June is time to go crazy for cats

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June 8th, 2016



PHOTO COURTESY HAWAIIAN HUMANE SOCIETY

The Hawaiian Humane Society is bringing its cats out into the community during Adopt-a-Cat month, including introducing a pop-up Neko Cafe at MORI by Art+Flea. This cat has David Bowie eyes.

I'm not a cat person, but I've often wondered why cat people are labeled "crazy," when dog people are not. It seems to me dog people are the ones marching their four-legged friends into stores and restaurants, pushing them in baby strollers, or carrying their clothed pets around like babies. Who's the real crazy?

Anyway, to indulge "crazy" cat people, June is Adopt-a-Cat month and Crazy Shirts and the Hawaiian Humane Society will be hosting an adoption event at Crazy Shirts’ Pearlridge store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11. Crazy Shirts will cover the regular adoption fee of $75 for the first 20 kittens to be adopted kittens from HHS.

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The apparel company has also released its annual Adopt-a-Cat design with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the humane society. The front of the T-shirt features an illustration of smiling kittens on a skateboard, while the back shows the rear view of the mousers and reads “Adopt-A-Cat, Hawaiian Humane Society, People for animals. Animals for people.”

The designs are available in men’s white crew neck Ts, women’s scoop neck Ts, and children’s white classic crew neck Ts. T-shirts, priced form $21 to $29, can be purchased at select Crazy Shirts retail stores and at CrazyShirts.com.

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Who wouldn't love a kitten as cute as Jasper, from the Hawaiian Humane Society?

Then later this month, the humane society will partner with Mori by Art+Flea to host Neko Cafe, Hawaii's first pop-up cat cafe. The event will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at the Mori boutique at Ward Warehouse. The event will feature Morning Glass Coffee in the company of cats and kittens available for adoption. Adoption fees will be waived at this event.

The shop will also be hosting special pop-ups offering one-of-a-kind cat themed products and art by a handful of local vendors and artists including Cat Party Hawaii, Lila Lee, Natalie Nakasone, Smokey Road Publishing, Aloha Siempre, ADIDAP, Mistprint, and more.

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Spot's collar spells out his wish.

For those wishing to adopt direct, all adoption fees for cats 6 months and older at the humane society this month will be waived, and I.D. tags will be 25 percent off. On June 9 and 10, the cost of adopting a kitten will be reduced to $10. Fees cover such services as spay/neuter surgery, health examinations, microchip I.D.s and post-adoption health care for two weeks. Call 356-2225 for more information.

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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.

Kendall + Kylie only at NM

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April 8th, 2016



PHOTOS COURTESY NEIMAN MARCUS

A capsule collection of Kendall + Kylie designs is available, exclusive to Neiman Marcus.

An exclusive Kendall + Kylie capsule collection, a brand led by model celebs Kendall and Kylie Jenner, has launched as part of the Neiman Marcus #OnlyatNM program, highlighting the retailer’s exclusive merchandise.

The designs are inspired by the sisters' favorite vintage pieces and their current closets, with nine pieces—including a black silk jumpsuit and leather short—created to bring shoppers one step closer to their personal style. Prices range from $95 for a cropped poppy T-shirt to $995 for a white leather jacket.

To introduce the brand, shoppers who spend more than $500 of regular priced select women's apparel, accessories, shoes, and handbags will be given the choice between two exclusive Kendall + Kylie sunglasses. The promotion ends April 10.

Here's are a few of the pieces:

A sexy LBD, V-neck dress, $495.

Kendall + Kylie cut-out dress, $575.

Striped low-V top, $245.

Microsoft bringing Macklemore, Neon Trees on opening day

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April 20th, 2013



macMacklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis.

Microsoft is sending along a few friends to help celebrate the opening of its retail store at Ala Moana Center on June 13.

The grand opening ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., and gates will open for a 4 p.m. concert by the Neon Trees and one of the hottest duos today, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. There's no escaping their "Thrift Shop" hit on radio.

Stay tuned for more info in the month to come.

We haven't had a store opening this big since November 2006, when the opening of Miss Sixty/Energie at Ala Moana Center brought back Hawaii-born actress Kelly Hu, and performances by recording artists Josh Radin, Schuyler Fisk, and Rachel Yamagata, and DJ Steve Aoki.

In a sort of in-your-face move, the store will open opposite longtime competitor, the Apple Store.

Dylan Lauren brings Easter treats to Neiman Marcus

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March 24th, 2013



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Dylan Lauren was in town with Chocolate the Easter Bunny, in a timely visit to share post-Lent treats.

Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar was in town at Neiman Marcus, sharing Easter treats with fans who came to visit with her and Chocolate the bunny on March 23.

The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren grew up different and sensitive, so much so that while the other kids nibbled on chocolate bunny ears, legs and tails on Easter morning, she felt sorry for the bunnies and refused to eat them. Instead, she collected them to admire their beauty.

Well, we've all heard how resisting temptation pays off, and all those years about thinking different about candy resulted in big business.

And, she's living proof that perhaps candy makes a person sweeter. It's hard to believe how upbeat and cheerful she can be in strained situations. During my phone interview with her about a week ago, she had been on a train from D.C. to New York, and we had a hard time connecting en route, so were texting back and forth about what time she might arrive at the station, and I figured I could pick up food while waiting, but would have to do the interview from my car (parked). Even so, she had a hard time hearing me, while dealing with collecting her bags and hailing a cab, but was cheerful throughout and so apologetic about the time snafus. And it all worked out.

The NM third-floor Epicure department is now host to a Dylan's Candy Bar store-within-a-store, stocked with Easter goodies for now, and other seasonal edibles later. It's a colorful sight to behold, and people seem elated by the sight of all the colorful sweets.

dylan lolliDylan's giant lollipops.

dylan bookDylan was signing copies of her book, "Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life."

dylan bunniesStuffed bunnies in Dylan's logo T-shirts.

dylan slipperAmong the treats, candy packed into rubbah slippah tins, for $18.

W Salon puts Uptown, Downtown and avant garde 'dos on the runway

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March 23rd, 2013



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Avant garde hair styles from W Salon, and clothing from bebe on the pink carpet at Ala Moana Center's Shop A Le'a.

W Salon presented its Spring/Summer “Underground Collection” on March 20 as part of Ala Moana Center's weeklong Shop A Le'a event.

Models wore Uptown, Downtown and Avant Garde 'dos as they walked the pink carpet traversing the entire second-floor mall level, starting at the Macy's end, heading toward Sears and returning full circle to end before a gathering of photographers—pro and amateur—in front of Macy's.

Downtown looks were about rock 'n' roll and punky disconnected layers and splashes of bright color. Uptown looks included flowing, textured waves, some recalling film sirens of the 1940s and early '50s, and others anticipating demand for Gatsby-style finger waves once the film version of "The Great Gatsby" hits the big screen next month. And few Hawaii salons are doing avant garde style sculpting with as much dramatic impact as W Salon.

All the coiffures were designed and created by W Salon artistic director Thi Nguyen with support from his team who helped create the plaits, ropes and hair flowers that went into the avant garde designs, some of which took two to four hours to execute. Some models' hair was also dyed to match the created pieces, and even they didn't know where their real hair ended and the sculpted pieces began.

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The salon is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Call 943-.2700.

w2W Salon's models ended the show in front of photographers on the pink carpet.

wscultW Salon avant garde styles on Angela Byrd, left, and Courtney Coleman, including hair flowers and geometric shapes.

wthiBack at W Salon after the show, artistic director Thi Nguyen shows some of the ropes of hair that had gone into some of his looks.

whairflowersHair flowers.

wuwavesKama Mathis in Uptown waves.

wsilverMolly in difficult-to-achieve silver with pink and a disconnected Downtown cut.

wwavesJamie Leigh Payne in Daisy Gatsby-style finger waves.

wdowntownCarlinah Heaton in one of W Salon's Spring/Summer 2013 Downtown looks.

wredBori Stoitcheva in another Downtown look, with dramatic, toussled waves.

Hawaii inspiration for Yummy Dress

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March 10th, 2013



margeauxAmy Davis illustration
Margeaux in a Maui Girl bikini, Ki-ele and Q-pot. jewelry, with Happy Haleiwa shopping bag and Sanuk footwear.

I have styled my fair share of magazine pictorials, but a lunch meetup with former isle resident, Paper fashion illustrator, musician, actress, and, well, all-around artiste Amy Davis led to a first, a Hawaii collaboration for her new fashion + food blog, Yummy Dress.

I write about fashion + food, so we're simpatico, though she wasn't working the food angle when we formally met a few years ago when she was back in town as a guest artist for Le Sportsac, for whom she'd created four prints over two years.

This time around, she was back in town from Santa Fe, with longtime partner in art and life, Jon Moritsugu, before heading on to the Chicago Underground Film Festival for the March 8 world premiere of their new film, "Pig Death Machine." The dynamic duo also picked up the fest's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Of course, Hawaii is full of yummy clothes, so when it came to dressing Margeaux, I suggested a few Hawaii brands and was happy to see some of them on Margeaux. Of course the best part about dressing an illustration, there was no running around picking up and droppig off merchandise, and no heavy lifting. Love it!

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Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu at Taste Table, when Margeaux was still a line drawing and vision in Amy's head.

paperamyA trio of Amy's Style Fiends from Paper magazine.

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