Video: #HFMKauai Launch and Fashion Show at The Shops at Kukuiula

HFM Kauai is killing it in their second year!  The 2015 launch event happened at The Shops at Kukui’ula and featured more than a dozen talented Garden Isle Designers. Keith Ketchum Photography captured a video of the action, check it out below! And read The Garden Island‘s event coverage, here.

And stay tuned for Hawaii Fashion Month events on Kauai throughout the month of November, celebrating Hawaii businesses and fashion professionals, from designers and retailers to stylists, photographers, hair and makeup artists, models, event producers, artists, manufacturers, and more.

Featured photo courtesy of The Garden Island 

Hawaii Fashion Month Returns in November!!

From left: First Lady Dawn Ige, Desirea Aguinaldo Helsham of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Toby Portner, Sara Miura and Taryn Rodighiero of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Melissa White

From left: First Lady Dawn Ige, Desirea Aguinaldo Helsham of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Toby Portner, Sara Miura and Taryn Rodighiero of HFM Kauai, HIFI Co-Founder Melissa White

The Hawaii Fashion Incubator held a press conference at THE MODERN HONOLULU on October 2 announcing the third annual Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) in November 2015.  HFM is a calendar of events to highlight fashion talent across the state and strengthen the infrastructure to grow the industry. Events throughout the month showcase designers, photographers, models, stylists and other industry professionals. Events include fashion shows, exhibits, shopping events, panel discussions, networking events, and designer launches.

More than 60 attendees from the media and fashion industry attended, including the First Lady of Hawaii, Dawn Ige, and several special guests from the fashion industry in Los Angeles.

From left: Stylist Therese Wahl, Toby Portner, Kat Malecha and Paul Brown of Paul Brown Salons, Kini Zamora, Melissa White

From left: Stylist Therese Wahl, Toby Portner, Kat Malecha and Paul Brown of Paul Brown Salons, Kini Zamora, Melissa White

Major sponsors took the podium to share their planned events during Hawaii Fashion Month, including Lisa DeCambra of THE MODERN HONOLULU, Nani Hanus of Royal Hawaiian Center, Robyn Tucker of Ala Moana Center, and Naomi Hazelton Giambrone of Pacific Edge Magazine.

Nani Hanus of Royal Hawaiian Center announces their annual fashion show to be held November 10

Nani Hanus of Royal Hawaiian Center announces their annual fashion show to be held November 10

First launched in October 2013, Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) aims to raise awareness of the state as a unique, creative, and competitive destination and to bring sustainable growth to an industry that encompasses design, manufacturing, retail, art, education, and more. HFM is an initiative of the Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI).

“As HFM enters its third year, we are thrilled to see partners continuing to establish and elevate their events,” said Melissa May White, HIFI co-founder. “In order for Hawaii to become a fashion destination, we need the community to continue to show their best work during November and to add to the excitement for residents and visitors alike.”

HIFI co-founder Toby Portner says, “HIFI’s role as an industry-wide incubator is to build up the infrastructure that allows the industry to grow year round and enables people in the community to get what they need so that each November, Hawaii has a stronger showing of talent and an ever more thriving fashion community.”

Hawaii Fashion Month 2015 sponsors include: Hawaiian Airlines, HONOLULU Magazine, THE MODERN HONOLULU, Royal Hawaiian Center, Ward Village, Pacific Edge Magazine, Ala Moana Center, and AT Marketing. Hawai‘i Fashion Month also has a chapter on Kaua‘i that will produce several events.

Find out more about events and how to get involved at www.hawaiifashionmonth.com.

Photos throughout by Lyle Amine.

HIFI Will Host Kauai Designers At HONOLULU Fashion Week

The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI) will present a fashion show comprised of designers from the Kauai Art Factory (KAF) during HONOLULU Fashion Week on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM). The show is free, but seating is limited. General admission tickets are available here.

The KAF Show, dubbed “A Journey To Kauai” will showcase a range of looks that bring together the designs of six Kauai designers, featuring a blend of apparel, swimwear, jewelry and handbags never before seen together on a runway. Jose Santamaria is the lead producer, with models from Wilhelmina Hawaii, styling by JS Jose Santamaria Enteprises and Therese Wahl, makeup by Motives Cosmetics, and hair by Paul Brown. Tamara Rigney is designing custom botanical headpieces.

Established in 2013 with a goal of providing a “dynamic hub for the arts” on the Garden Isle, the Lihue-based KAF is a group of art enthusiasts, novice artists, as well as creative professionals from a variety of art disciplines, including fashion design.

KAF designers who together will make their Oahu debut include:

  • Jewelry designer Veronica Groepler of Veronica Jewels
  • Chanterelle Chantara of Chez Chanterelle
  • Lucia Peterson of Bikini 808 Hawaii
  • Handbag designer Jennifer Todice of Tikishiki
  • Accessories designer Audrey Auld of Salt Designs
  • Jewelry designer Melea Matthews of Melea Artistry

HIFI’s presentation of the show comes less than a month after the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce announced November as Hawaii Fashion Month–Kauai.

“The Kauai Art Factory Show on Oahu is just one example of HIFI’s blossoming partnership with Kauai and other islands,” said HFM co-founder and co-director Toby Portner. “Now is the right time for these designers to show what they have to offer to Hawaii fashion.”

Here’s our listing of other HFM-Kauai events.

CONTACT THE HIFI TEAM