HFM 2015: Your Guide to Getting Involved

Indie Visualist ICONICA Fashion Show at Honolulu Museum of Art during HFM 2014 | Photo by Travis Okimoto

Hawaii Fashion Month is community-driven, and we rely on your participation!

See below for ways to get in on the action, and visit www.hawaiifashionmonth.com/get-involved to sign up.

Host an Event/

  • Qualifying events are those in November that showcase an aspect of Hawaii fashion (design, manufacturing, photography, styling, art, film, etc).
  • Deadline to Submit: October 25
  • Event listing packages and benefits are posted online.


  • Register online with your interest
  • Attend the Volunteer Meet-up and Casting Call on October 19, 6:00 PM at Ward Warehouse Kakaako Conference Room



  • Join the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX) to be part of the official HFM talent pool.
  • Consult with HIFI founders to identify your goals and needs
  • Connect with an HFM event to showcase your work
  • Receive member benefits year round, listed at www.hawaiifashionexchange.com


Do you know where your fashion comes from? HIFI hosts a FREE screening of the film “The True Cost” (http://truecostmovie.com/) with very special guests Liz Ricketts and Branson Skinner of The OR Network, a not-for-profit organization aiming to end modern day slavery. The duo are experts on ethical issues within the Fashion industry, garment production on the Continent of Africa, as well as interdisciplinary experiential learning and educational technology.

Liz and Branson are on to Oahu to facilitate an extended version of The OR’s Minimakers project at Punahou’s summer school program. The Minimakers project is a hands-on crash course addressing waste in the fashion industry and teaching students how to remake used clothing with dignity and purpose. Together Liz and Branson have led over 500 students in New York, DC, Ohio, Michigan, South Africa and Ghana through The OR programming. See what Punahou middle schoolers are working on at https://minimakers.theor.org/

The True Cost is a feature length documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. – See more at: http://truecostmovie.com/

Thursday, July 23, 2015
fishcake – 307 Kamani st
Doors at 6:00 PM, Screening at 6:30 PM
Light refreshments | BYOB

Parking available across the street at Lanai Things starting at 6pm

Space is limited. RSVP encouraged!


Visit a fashion + art pop up in the heart of Manoa from May 6 – May 17. The pop-up features over 20 artists showcasing contemporary art, vintage fashion, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind designs from around the Pacific.

Pacifikology is dedicated to showcasing new artists, designers, products and creative services that reflect current ideas, aesthetics, and new forms of creative expression. Our upcoming pop up is organized by Marla Momi Musick of Laukoa Creative, Colleen Kimura of Tutuvi Sitoa, and Lauren Faulkner of The Fine Art Associates.

For more information, click here to visit the page in the HFX events calendar.

Location: Paradise Park, 3737 Manoa Rd // 10-6pm Mon thru Sun



Fashion Opportunities with DBEDT

Sign up now for DBEDT’s Hawaii Pavilions!

Pre-register to be part of the most effective domestic trade shows with the best fit for Made-in-Hawaii products. Space is limited – apply now!

Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show

Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada
September 16-19, 2015

Be part of 1200+ booths showcasing thousands of lines of souvenir and resort products in a wide range of categories including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, t-shirts, beach items, themed and logo products and more.

Half-booth: $500

Full-booth: $1,500

(Regular price to exhibit at the show is $2,350/booth)


Surf Expo

Orlando Convention Center, Florida
January 14-16, 2016

This is the one-stop marketplace for the latest in outdoor lifestyle products and the hottest trends. Average turnout exceeds 26,000 attendees including retailers and media. This is the show for surf, swim, boutique, resort, souvenir and performance apparel and products.

Half-booth: $500

Full-booth: $1,500

(Regular exhibitor price to exhibit at the show is $2,950/booth)


Natural Products Expo West

Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 9-13, 2016

The world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, brings together an inspired industry community of 2,700 exhibiting companies and 71,000 attendees. The event is also co-located with an event to source new ingredients, packaging, technologies, equipment and services for cutting-edge products, and also features an outdoor event with a farmer’s market feel.

Half-booth: $750

Full-booth: $2000

(Regular exhibitor price to exhibit at show is $5200-$5700/booth)


The deadline to submit all required items is Friday, May 15th.

Register here: http://invest.hawaii.gov/dbedts-hawaii-pavilions/

Find more upcoming events at invest.hawaii.gov.


HFX Featured Member // Therese Wahl

A diverse and creative wardrobe stylist, Wahl is currently based on the North Shore of Oahu. She has worked with national clients such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and also works on the community level for Hawaii Fashion Month and beyond.We asked Therese some questions on what she’s up to.

What are my favorite songs right now?

“I’m always inspired by songs of the past. I love listening to music from the 40’s, Gotan Project and their new album “Club Secreto”, La Vie En Rose “Meet me in Paris”, Bossa Nova and Buddha Lounge when I want to chill.”

What’s been the biggest challenge for your business so far?

“Social Media/Economy have changed the Advertising /Marketing world for those artists who have studied their craft and produced beautiful images. It’s also become more difficult to monitor proper credit/usage for those images. Wardrobe Styling jobs in Hawaii have become limited unless you also will perform Hair/Make-up Services.”

What is your Personal Style?

“I love incorporating my vintage collection. My statement pieces usually include a unique hat and bold accessories. I also enjoy wearing and promoting my collection of Hawaiian Designer pieces whether it be in clothing or accessories. Fashion Changes, but style endures….Coco Chanel.”

Check out fashion writer Paula Rath’s latest article on Therese: Making Models (And You) Look Great 

View Therese’s HFX profile here  



Fashion Show Producer speaks at The Study @ The Modern Honolulu at 5:45pm on April 7th 2015.

New York Fashion Week, a trend-setting extravaganza, wasn’t always the glamorous spectacle it is today. In the beginning, during the first official 1994 event, debris littered the stage from earlier off-Broadway productions. Backstage, clothing was bought in on broken broom handles as a handful of fashion journalists and department store buyers gathered to eye the upcoming trends draped on relatively unknown models.

Standing there, orchestrating it all — as she still does today — was Hawaiian-born Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill.

Still one of today’s most sought-after producers, O’Neill arrives in Oahu this month to help plan the Fall 2015 Honolulu Fashion Week, slotted for Nov. 20 at the Hawaii Convention Center. During O’Neill’s return “home,” she’ll visit The Study to make a speaking appearance April 7 during THE MODERN HONOLULU’s popular (and monthly) Study Hall guest series. On the upcoming Study Hall agenda: all things fashion, including O’Neill’s role in last year’s Honolulu Fashion Week, thoughts on possible expansion of the event and Hawaii’s significance in the global fashion industry.


HFX Member Perk // Opportunities Forum

HFX members can view and post on our Opportunities Forum. Need a makeup artist for an upcoming shoot, or volunteers for an event? Post your fashion-related needs in a centralized location. Additionally, you can search the forum for jobs other members have posted that may be perfectly suited to you, and connect with them directly.

HFX members: click  here  to access the forum

Prospective HFX members: click here to access member pricing and more information.


The Hawaii International Film Festival is around the corner, among the many incredible films is FRESH DRESSED. A Sundance Festival hit and featuring hip-hop moguls Pharrell Williams and Nas, the film chronicles the history of hip hop and urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, corporate America, and everywhere in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life–and the outsiders who studied and admired them—this film goes to the core of where urban style was born.

HIFI subscribers and HFX members get an exclusive discount on movie tickets: Use Promo Code SPRING17 to access the special rate. [valid for online purchases only]


Directed and written by: Sacha Jenkins

Cast: Damon Dash, Daymond John, Karl Kani, NAS, Pharrell Williams

Click here for more show info, and to buy tickets.

Show dates: Sunday, April 12nd, 8pm
Tuesday, April 14, 8:30pm
Location: Dole Cannery
For more information about HIFF, click here