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On the Na Hoku red carpet

May 29th, 2016


From left are Style Awards judge Carol D’Angelo, wahine winner Aurora Kaawa, kane winner Sean O’Malley, and judges Georja Skinner and Dexter Doi.

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony is not only one of Hawaii's biggest showcases for entertainment in Hawaii, but also the one night Hawaii's music stars get to show off their red carpet style.

The big night puts the spotlight on nominees in 33 categories, vying for the Ka Hōkū Mua `Loa ("Star of Distinction") trophy.

It may be one of the most diverse red carpets in the world, where spectators will see a mix of gowns, Hawaiian formals, rock 'n' roll leather and Stetsons. So this year, in addition to recognition for music, the stars and guests were also recognized for their fashion sense.


At the Hoku Na Hanohano Awards, Natalie Ai Kamauu showed her star style with a hat she made to compliment her Adriana Papell dress.

Natalie Ai Kamauu and Iolani Kamauu in a denim suit. Below, Natalie's accessories.

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The 39th annual awards that took place May 28 also marked the inaugural Poi Planet Style Contest, which took place in the foyer of the Kalākaua Ballroom at Hawai'i Convention Center prior to the start of the awards ceremony.

Winner in the wahine category was Aurora Kaawa, a former Miss Hawaii (’71) who also won the talent award at the Miss America 1971 pageant. She lives in Makakilo and travels back and forth to Southern California to run her entertainment and events company, Ahe Productions. She found her dress in a Palm Springs store in 2012 and wanted to wait for the right moment to wear it. Kaawa is a hula dancer who continues to perform with her brother Mike Kaawa, and has also performed as a featured dancer with Taj Mahal, Melveen Leed, Owana Salazar.

Winner in the kane category, Sean O’Malley, is part of the comedy duo, Oil in the Alley, a finalist in the Best Comedy Album Category. The Hawaii Kai singer/guitar player’s oil and fire outfit was inspired by the “oil” in his duo's name, while and his partner, R. Kevin Garcia Doyle’s blue outfit, was inspired by water.

Attendees were invited to model their outfits in front of an panel of judges. They were Georja Skinner, Chief Officer of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBED)/Creative Industries Division; designer Allison Izu; and Carol D’Angelo and Dexter Doi of Ecolicious.

The winners received prizes from Ala Moana Hotel, DADA Salon, Ecolicious, KoAloha Ukulele. Manaola, Allison Izu, and Reyn Spooner.

From left, Taz Vegas, Melia Kalawe and songwriter/producer Bobby Pileggi.

Blaine and Kaleo Kia. Blaine is wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt from Macy's with sandalwood bead necklace and Tahitian matau or fish hook necklace. Kaleo is wearing Manaola Hawaii.

Here to support the Kaleikini family, statuesque London singer/songwriter Chalin Barton wore an Alex Mullins dress with a thrift-shop kimono, accessorized with a Chanel bag.

Sandy "Storm" Essman, nominated with her band for Rock Album of the Year and Christmas Album of the Year, with Sean O'Malley of Oil in the Alley, who had been nominated for Best Comedy Album.

McKenna Maduli, a local girl who now calls Los Angeles home, has worked the red carpet in Access Hollywood, Billboard Live, and MTV, was the emcee for the fashion awards. She wore a design created by Kini Zamora.

Kaimi Hananoeau, right, entered the fashion contest in a shirt by Puamana Crabbe. He's with Jamie Ernestberg.

Stylist Ralph Malani, left, dressed McKenna Maduli and Raiatea Helm for the event. He's with Cliff Duldulao.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

On the red carpet at Eurocinema Hawaii

October 23rd, 2013


"Glee's" Harry Shum Jr., left, on the Eurocinema red carpet with Shelby Rabara and Chris Lee. Shum later claimed the Eurocinema Rising Star Award.Nadine Kam photos

Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawaii hosted its 4th annual awards gala Oct. 18 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa in Waikiki.

The festival, dedicated to showcasing European films, with 11 nominated films from Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Harry Shum Jr., best known for his character, Mike Chang on "Glee," was a paparazzi  favorite on the red carpet and at the end of the evening received the 2013 Rising Star Award for his contribution to the industry. The award was presented by Daniel Dae Kim.

Jurors for the awards were local journalist and movie aficionado Bob Jones, Hana Hou! editor Julia Steele, and production designer Jane Ann Stewart, whose film credits include "Election," "Sideways," and "The Descendants."

Here are the winners:

Best film: The Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale Award for best film went to a Belgian-Dutch co-production, "Broken Circle Breakddown," by director Felix Van Groeningen.

Best director: Italian legend Bernardo Bertolucci for "Me and You."

Best actress: Paulina Garcia for her performance in the Spanish-Chilean co-production, "Gloria."

Best actor: Luca Barbareschi for his performance in the Italian film, "Something Good."

Best student film: For film students from the University of Hawai‘i’s Academy for Creative Media, went to "Little Girl's War Cry," directed by Erin Lau. She won a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.

"Little Girl's War Cry" is the story of a 10-year-old Maori girl, Tiara born on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Raised by a struggling single mother, who is repeatedly abused by her boyfriend, Tiare shelters herself from reality with her hero-centered imagination, until a prank goes wrong and she must dconfront the violence that stains her childhood and family.

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawaii is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among, and cultural exchange between, the peoples of Europe and Hawaii through the medium of film, and to the financial support of student filmmakers in Hawaii. In April of 2010, EuroCinema Hawaii announced its partnership with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, creating a Festival within a Festival.


Ingo Rademacher, with wife Ehiku, shows his "Dancing with the Stars" form on the red carpet.


Kelly Hu wore a sleek black, sequined gown to the event, which took place at the Moana Surfrider.


Sebastian Siegel wrote, directed and co-produced this year's Bond-inspired Eurocinema trailer.


Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale, representing Eurocinema Hawaii, and Hawai'i International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller, prepare to introduce the evening's award presenters after a little dance on stage.


"Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim, left, with a fan, presented the evening's Rising Star Award to Harry Shum Jr., right.


Guillame Sadeler, of Cartier Honolulu, with "Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick.


The Eurocinema committee gathered on stage for a photo prior to the awards ceremony. (more…)

Dressing for Oscar Night 2012 at Halekulani

February 28th, 2012

KristenNadine Kam photos
Kristen Chan, in Isaac Mizrahi, was my pick for best dressed at Oscar Night America 2012, hosted by the Hawaii International Film Festival at the Halekulani Hotel. She's with her husband Michael.

Not that it's a competition or anything, but just like Hollywood's red carpet, one does tend to pick favorites. So it wouldn't be a red carpet without a best dressed and a wardrobe malfunction (among the men) to liven things up.

Richard Turbin walked down the red carpet at Oscar Night America 2012, hosted by the Hawaii International Film Festival at the Halekulani Hotel, arm in arm with Rai Saint Chu and looking as dapper as usual, but as he came closer to the photographers, he was a little reluctant to be photographed because his new cummerbund had come undone. It was Honolulu Pulse photographer Kat Wade who came to his rescue, getting down on her knees to cinch him up.

TurbinRichard Turbin gets a cummerbund adjustment.

My favorite gown of the evening was worn by Kristen Chan, who said that during Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart appearance here in fall 2010, the actress invited her to the 2011 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards, for which Mariska had been nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role on "Law & Order: SVU." (The award went to Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife.)

Mariska was being dressed by Isaac Mizrahi, who offered to dress Kristen as well.

"He sent me three beautiful couture gowns," she said, but she ended up picking the one that reminded her of vintage kimono fabric, streaked with gold. "It fit perfectly, but you know I'm not too tall and these gowns are made to fit models."

She was able to call a friend and have the dress hemmed overnight, forming a little train, to wear to the awards ceremony in L.A. a year ago, and the Oscar Night red carpet provided the perfect excuse to wear it in Hawaii.

I loved the combination of color, drama, sophistication, fabrication and the element of exclusivity.

Feb. 26 was a rainy day, but that didn't put a damper on red-carpet dressing thanks to valet service under roof at the Halekulani, where the event was held. Women didn't have to worry one bit about the hems of their gowns getting dragged in puddles.

Once inside the Halekulani Ballroom, guests enjoyed a film-inspired menu created by Halekulani executive chef Vikram Garg, with photos posted on my other blog, Take a Bite.

Of course everyone in the room was rooting for multiple wins for "The Descendants," and guests cheered when director Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon won the award for Best Adpated Screenplay based on Kaui Hemmings' book. Even if it wasn't meant to be as far as a Best Picture Award, it was a great party and Hawaii got a lot of good mileage out of the publicity that has surrounded the film for months.

50Representing "Hawaii Five-0" were Erika Kauffman, Steve Boyum, guest director Jerry Levine, Kona Carmack, Angie Laprete and producer Peter Lenkov.

Oscar29Celia Kenney, who played Reina, the friend of Matt King's (George Clooney) daughter Scottie in "The Descendants," arrived with parents Ed and Kristen Kenney. The entertainment gene may have skipped one generation with Ed pursuing his passion for food, but now Celia may follow in the tradition set by her grandfather Ed Kenney and grandmother Beverly Noa.

HagiAlso in the film was Kim Gennaula, who played Scottie's school counselor. She's with hubby Guy Hagi.

AsnerHIFF executive director Chuck Boller, right, with actor Ed Asner and his wife Nancy Asner. Ed was in town as a special guest in an episode of "Hawaii Five-0."

Oscar16Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu before cummerbund incident.

Oscar26Susie Fried, with Rick Fried, wore one of the most striking gowns of the evening, by Gucci, with dramatic cutouts at the side and somewhat sinister metal hardware.

HerenikoJeanette Paulson Hereniko, founder of the Honolulu International Film Festival.

ballroomBanners bearing the Oscar silhouette lined the Halekulani Ballroom, where a film-inspired menu awaited. Food details at my Take a Bite blog.

HalekulaniHalekulani COO Peter Shaindlin and his daughter Lana.

Osca3Oahu Publications Vice-President David Kennedy with wife Fiona and Oscar.

clooneyYoshi Yoshikawa, in Louis Vuitton, was among many to pose with a cardboard cutout of George Clooney.

South jacketA jacket by Andy South was among the many items available in the HIFF fundraising silent auction.

Oscar1John Michael White with Qi Marie, in a Marquesa gown.

Oscar5Adriane Flower in a Tadashi gown.

BergerMan in black John Berger with Taylor Wily.

Oscar27Event chair Umma Berkelman, with Jason Kim, center and Kaleo del Sol, who sang during an intermission from the Oscar broadcast.

Oscar10In Louis Vuitton at left and right.

Oscar2Photographer Jeannemarie Viggiano took a break from the red carpet for a photograph with designer Steven Boyle.

CarlisleMayor Peter Carlisle.


KandellLloyd and Sherri Kandell and their entourage.


NashimotoFrom left, Noriega Moriya in Calvin Klein, Masako Nashimoto in Issey Miyake, Anthony Gambino and his wife Erina.

Oscar23Michael and Kristen Chan with Joey Caldarone, back for a while, from New York. Joey's high-low ensemble included an Esprit jacket and Etro shirt worn with denim. (more…)

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