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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.

Macy's hosts spring glam event

March 23rd, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Brigitte Patton modeled spring whites during informal modeling showcasing spring's trends at Macy's.

Macy's presented a "Get Glam & Get Going" spring party March 12, with host Crystal Pancipanci sharing the season's style trends, with informal modeling, refreshments, free lei for shoppers and a photobooth for fun snaps.

Among trends featured were white lace, matched sets, gingham, pops of color, graphic prints, red, and denim on denim.

Here's a look:

 Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin modeled a Michael by Michael Kors gingham check dress.

Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin modeled a Michael by Michael Kors gingham check dress.

Hardin in bold print.

Crystal Pancipanci shows jewelry and accessories for the season.

During the celebration of spring, shoppers could help themselves to lei provided by Cindy['s Lei Shoppe.

Shoppers were able to pose for photobooth snaps during the event.

Shoppers were able to pose for photobooth snaps during the event.

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Among those stopping by that day was MAIA Couture's Rupal Gohil, with her blue-eyed accessory.

Ikebana heralds spring at NM

March 9th, 2016
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PHOTO COURTESY NEIMAN MARCUS

Sheets of pink and red plastic were cut and manipulated with heat to accompany an ikebana anthurium arrangement to be featured in Neiman Marcus's Jonathan Adler shop.

During a three-day celebration of spring, art, fashion and flowers, Neiman Marcus will host a free Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition by Sensei Linda Hamasaki and her 40 students of Sogetsu School of Ikebana, March 11 through 13.

The Japanese flower arranging displays will integrate the latest Neiman Marcus spring fashions, many featuring red, the color of the season.

The ikebana creations will incorporate local tropical plants, seasonal flowers and some spring flowers flown in from Japan. In addition, Joyce “Seika” Tomonari will be highlighting a sculpture designed by the late artist Michael Tom. The metal sculpture, entitled “House that Held the Sun” is from her personal art collection.

Each level in the store will house several large-scale arrangements by Sensei Hamasaki and her advanced students. The center aisle in Gift Galleries on Level Three will also serve as the “Sogetsu Gallery” housing 11 smaller arrangements.

A directory of the pieces will be available to guide guests through the store to view all of the arrangements.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 12, and noon to 5 p.m. March 13.

Also, while in the store, enjoy the "Art of Fashion," informal modeling of the latest Spring 2016 trends throughout the store from noon to 2 p.m. today through March 14.

Other spring events:

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016: View the designers' latest collection inspired by the style and culture of Italy through the eyes of foreign tourists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 to 12. Enjoy Italian-inspired refreshments and informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. March 11 and 12. In Designer Sportswear, Level Two.

Maria Canale for Forevermark: Meet the jewelry designer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 to 12 and view her latest jewelry pieces, along with a special collection of rough diamonds available for purchase. In Precious Jewels Salon, Level One. Here's a link to my post about Canale's last visit to Hawaii: http://fashiontribe.staradvertiserblogs.com/2013/01/04/1905/

Eileen Fisher event: View the Spring 2016 Collection from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 and 12,
and enjoy informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. both days, in Sport Shop, Level Two.

Milly event: View the latest collection and receive a gift with a qualifying purchase, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 11 and 12, in Sport Shop, Level Two.

Prom event: View some of spring’s best evening gowns 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12, and pick up prom ideas during informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. There will be gown and wardrobe consultations, as well as makeover tips for prom season. Customers will receive a clutch with a qualifying purchase that day. Consultation appointments are limited; call 948-3444.

Jade by Nikolai's aMAZE-ing eve

March 8th, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

At right, jewelry designer Nikolai Tsang with Julie Aragaki.

Nikolai Tsang always stages the best parties, so a spring showcase of her latest jade and jewelry collections welcoming the Year of the Fire Monkey was not to be missed.

To entice, invitations were sent out weeks before the March 5 event. The invitations came with wooden destination markers, the picture postcard sort that indicate distance to desirable locations. We were told the arrows would point their way to a maze within which surprises await. Who doesn't love a surprise?

The space next door to Kakaako Agora was indeed decked out with a fabric maze with nooks that were home to a braid bar, henna station, several jewelry displays, a flower wall for selfies, and personal readings with Alice Inoue.

Coiffe Couture provided braids for men and women at a braid bar in one section of the maze.

Others signed up for mehndi, or temporary henna tattoos.

With flowers everywhere, the garden theme extended to the table where a "live garden" salad bar included crudité planted in soil of rye bread crumbs. And Elite Catering desserts of chocolate pudding studded with bits of fruit were planted in mini glazed flower pots. Other desserts came in stemware in the shape of tulips, and this was the first time I tried rose-flavored gau, a non-traditional version of the Chinese new year's sticky steamed rice cake.

All this was backdrop for the real stars of the show, Nikolai's beautiful jade carvings, and jade and precious stone jewelry. I made note of a particular yellow diamond ring.

An overview of the setting.

Guests could browse through collections of pearls, jade and precious stone jewelry all night long.

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Beyond a display of hanging flowers was a wall of corded jade bracelets.

An edible garden of crudité.

An edible garden of crudité.

Potted pudding and other desserts.

Traditional-, green tea- and rose-flavored gau.

Traditional-, green tea- and rose-flavored gau.

 Elite Catering also provided more serious bites, including beef, shrimp and duck.


Elite Catering also provided more serious bites, including beef, shrimp and duck.

Keith Aragaki had the henna applied to his face.

Keith Aragaki had the henna applied to his face.

POSHd opens its doors at Ward

March 8th, 2016
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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Valerie Ragaza-Miao at the entrance to her new shop, POSH'd by Valerie Joseph, at Ward Village Shops, next to Bed Bath & Beyond.

Valerie Ragaza-Miao, founder of the Valerie Joseph boutique, celebrated Girl's Day March 3 with the grand opening of her new boutique concept at Ward Village, POSHd by Valerie Joseph.

"I consider it the older, socially conscious sister of Valerie Joseph," she said. "I've always been a big supporter of community and always wanted to expand awareness of socially conscious brands."

Beyond her visibility as a boutique owner, Ragaza-Miao has been a longtime supporter of community organizations such as Community Helping Schools, raising funds through her annual PINC (Partners Inspiring Nouvelle Concepts) events, and also staging events to boost girls' and womens' self-esteem.

Ragaza-Miao, whose motto has long been, "Life is short, buy cute clothes," still delivers the cuteness at her new boutique, but now features more garments sourced from microbusinesses that help support women in impoverished countries.

Valerie 's husband Joseph Miao, with the couple's toy poodle Sukoshi, who gives Bellini restaurant's Maile  Sengoura a kiss. Maile catered the event.

Valerie 's husband Joseph Miao, with the couple's toy poodle Sukoshi, who gives Bellini restaurant's Maile Sengoura a kiss. Maile was serving up burger sliders for the event.

Among jewelry items are Greenie Bracelets that come wrapped around handmade, recycled paper embedded with seeds, allowing purchasers to plant trees with each purchase.

Ragaza-Miao also carries note-filled tins from Gratitude, a company that enlists artists to create products to promote social responsibility and help raise funds for education in at-risk populations. Each note bears a message to leave behind to brighten someone's day.

Also part of the lifestyle boutique are small home decor such as pillows, and Ragaza-Miao's Coco Java line of Hawaiian coffee, at $7.99 for 7 ounces, and gluten-free, candy sprinkle "confetti" studded coconut-flavored Hawaiian pancake mix ($9.99).

The boutique is next to Bed Bath & Beyond. For more information, call 942-5258 or visit POSHdHawaii.com.

Malie Moran, left, and Midweek style editor Yu Shing Ting in POSHd apparel.

Pastry chef Eddie Lopez was serving up pancakes made from Valerie's Coco Java gluten-free "Coconut Confetti" pancake mix. The mix includes candy sprinkles that offer a pop of color.

A closer look at the pancakes dotted with candy sprinkle "confetti."

The purchase of a Greenies bracelet allows buyer to plant a tree with the seed-embedded paper the bracelets come wrapped around.

Gratitude notes are filled with leave-behind notes bearing messages to brighten the day of friends, loved ones or even strangers.

For the POSHd home.

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Beaded fringe collar.

Clear globe purse.