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Neko Café, for the love of cats

June 26th, 2016
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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.

Parade of 'Angels' in Waikiki

June 3rd, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Nina Thai, front left, poses with her models during the grand opening of her second Angels by the Sea boutique in Waikiki, this one at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, streetfront on Kalakaua Avenue.

Nina Thai celebrated the grand opening of her second Angels by the Sea boutique June 2 with a party that started with a mini parade/fashion show of keiki and grownup models down Kalakaua Avenue.

Guests were invited to meet at The Waikiki Shopping Plaza, where models in angel wings and the boutique's new Summer 2016 collection—due to hit the racks in July—led the procession to the new store at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, streetfront on Kalakaua.

Nina started her girls line about six months ago because moms were asking for matchy-matchy rompers and dresses for their mini-me's.

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After a blessing, well-wishers squeezed into the store, where sweet treats in ocean blue awaited. There was barely room to maneuver because so many were shopping the BOGO event. The buy-one-get-one free offer ends June 3. Angels by the Sea's resort-style rompers, sun dresses, maxis and separates are popular with women because they manage to be playful, feminine, sexy and romantic, all in one.

The lightweight garments are also ideal for our hot, humid weather. Keiki styles run from about $38 to $78, adults $80 to $180.

I get so many compliments when I wear Angels by the Sea. I wore a floor-length dress today and some of my co-workers were gushing, "Wow, you look great! Are you going out?"

Oh, hello. I go out almost every day and night, making what is supposed to be complimentary sound a bit insulting, like I'm not even trying every other day. But it just makes me think maybe I should be wearing Angels by the Sea more often!

Sales from the event will benefit the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Ellen Hamada Scholarship Fund for Fashion Design & Sewing, which supports local students pursuing their dreams in fashion industry. For Thai, it was a dream that became reality in 2010 when she opened her first location at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

She's coy about what her next move will be, but I have a feeling this second boutique won't be her last.

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The new Angels by the Sea boutique is at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Resort & Spa, 2348 Kalakaua Ave. Call 921-2747. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Nina led a parade of "angels" from Waikiki Shopping Plaza to her store, drawing smiles from visitors along the way.

A couple of the grown-up styles, which will be available in July.

Clea Saldania in Angels by the Sea.

A blessing preceded entry to the store.

One of the store's window displays.

Inside the boutique crowded with well-wishers, sweet treats colored ocean blue, awaited.

In addition to clothing, Angels by the Sea carries a few ocean-themed items for the home, including the wall signs below.

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Ocean plush toys.

Nina with Hawaii News Now's Jennifer Robbins.

At night, we could see the glow of the angel wings.

Models showed more of the styles to be available in July.

A reward at the end of a long evening for this young model.

PHOTO COURTESY RITSUKO KUKONU / poohkohawaii.com

As for current styles, I am wearing one of them (blue), as are Jennifer Robbins, center, and Ritsuko Kukonu, right.

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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

April 8th, 2016
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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.

Goodwill Kaimuki shows new look

April 2nd, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Models Bella Williams, left, and Kristylove, graced the windows of the Kaimuki Goodwill store during its grand reopening celebration.

Goodwill Kaimuki unveiled its new look March 31 after a makeover that is part of a rebranding campaign Goodwill Hawaii began in 2015.

Goodwill Hawaii worked with 50|50, a local creative agency, that incorporated elements like aloha shirts and other iconic Hawaii imagery into window displays, and introduced a brighter color palette. The new designs will also eventually be incorporated into all of Goodwill Hawaii’s program locations, donation centers, and stores on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.

Those shopping will find premium merchandise in a window at the front of the store, where manikin displays by Amanda Stevens and Rene Rodriguez often started fights for the pieces when they came off the manikins the first Sunday of the month. Now people simply cue up the morning after in hope of snagging one of the coveted pieces.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation was credited for providing much of the funding for the makeover.

To celebrate the store's new look, special offers, discounts and prize giveaways will be available to shoppers who visit the Kaimuki location through April 3.

Pastor Ron Arnold from Kaimuki Christian Church made the opening remarks at the unveiling, reminding everyone of Goodwill's history, started in 1902 by Boston Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister who turned out to be what we call today a social innovator.

Guests were treated to plenty of pupu and a performance by the Goodwill Signing Stars, comprising participants from the Hoolana Program for Adults with Disabilities.

He collected used items from the wealthy, repairing them for use by the less fortunate, then training those in need to mend and repair, resulting, Arnold said, with "not a hand-out, but a hand up."

With community support, Goodwill continues to help people who have barriers to employment. In addition to reclaiming and restoring goods, he said, "Men were reclaimed and restored as well."

It's an important message today as we contend with growing homeless populations and numbers of people in crisis.

From July 2014 through June 2015, Goodwill Hawaii assisted more than 11,000 people statewide with job training and placement programs.
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The Kaimuki Goodwill store and donation center is at 3638 Waialae Ave. Visit www.higoodwill.org for more information.

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The store's fresh new look.

Special finds have a place in a window at the front of the store. I snagged this sequin skirt for about $16.

Even the windows got a makeover.

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Manikins in the window are styled by Amanda Stevens and Rene Rodriguez. The display ties into the recent Pink Tie Ball, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer nonprofit.

Magnolia White & Galia Lahav

March 29th, 2016
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PHOTOS COURTESY MAGNOLIA WHITE

Designs by Galia Lahav were introduced during a Magnolia White couture bridal fashion show that took place March 25 at 53 by the Sea.

Magnolia White, a couture bridal salon, will open its doors April 1, and celebrated in style with a preview fashion show of designs by Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

The fashion show took place March 25, with a red carpet welcome for guests, followed by the fashion show that had models walking through the doors of the palatial restaurant, and ascending its marble staircase.

Following the show, guests sat down to a four-course dinner, showcasing the restaurant as a venue for a full spectrum of special events. Themed to weddings, courses represented "Something Refreshing" (salad with heart of palm "lace" and citrus vinaigrette), "Something Savory" (roast chicken), "Something Rich" (Kona lobster) and "Something Sweet" (dessert).

A Galia Lahav design showcased inside the Magnolia White couture bridal salon. The designer is known for her dramatic illusion backless gowns.

Magnolia White launched in 2015 in Omotesando, Tokyo, and features couture gowns by designers in New York, London and Paris.

The Honolulu bridal salon is the exclusive Hawaii retailer for Galia Lahav, and will also feature collections by David Fielden, Rue de Seine and Delphine Manivet, with accessories from Emmy London and Paris by Debra. Designs range from simple gowns fit for a destination wedding, to the romantic, to the elaborate work of Galia Lahav, known for her illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts and use of Italian ivory lace.
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Magnolia White is on the ground level of the Hokua Tower, 1288 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 106. Call (808) 800-3088. The boutique will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Online: www.magnolia-white.com.

A model in Galia Lahav at 53 by the Sea.

Galia Lahav is also known for its use of Italian lace.

Stunning tulle skirts also made impression as models entered the room and ascended the 53 by the Sea staircase.

A glamorous full skirt.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The fashion show dinner opened with a salad of Waipoli Farm greens, Nalo Farm micro greens, Big Island grapefruit and fennel, with toasted macadamia nuts, blanketed by hearts of palm "lace," and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette.

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J. Ludovico Farm roast chicken was draped with red beet consomme jelly and served with Sumida Farm watercress puree, roasted Ho Farm tomatoes and braised green papaya seasoned with sansho chili.

The main course comprised steamed Kona lobster and sautéed Kona abalone cooked with Naked Cow truffle butter sauce, Big Island kabocha puree, with an Aloha Tofu soy milk emulsion, and served with grilled onions, green beans and Hamakua Ali'i mushrooms.

Dinner concluded with "Something Sweet" in the form of lilikoi mousse and jasmine-infused jelly with Hawaiian salted caramel sauce, Kona coffee cookie and an assortment of seasonal fruit.