Call for nominations // Pacific Edge Business Achievement Awards Gala

Pacific Edge Magazine is calling for nominations for the 5th Annual Business Achievement Awards! 
This is your opportunity to help us recognize the many exceptional companies, professionals and entrepreneurs in the State of Hawaii.
Submit nominations by April 16, 2015*
*Self-nominations are welcomed!
Lifetime Achievement Honor
Young Professional of the Year
Business Executive of the Year
Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year
Best New Business
Best Social Media Campaign
Best Family-Run Business
Commitment to Green
Corporate Social Responsibility
All finalists will be invited to attend an exclusive Finalist Reception, to be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at BMW of Honolulu from 4-5 pm. There, they’ll get to meet other finalists as well as past recipients from their categories.
All finalists will also be invited and highly encouraged to attend the Awards Gala on Friday, May 22, 2015 at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, where they’ll be presented their awards if selected. This red-carpet, black-tie affair is an evening not to be missed! This event is also open to the public. More information on ticket and tables can be found at


HFM2014 Week 2! Best Of Instagram

Here’s our picks for the best IG shots around Honolulu Fashion Week and Hawaii Fashion Month 2014! Thanks to all who submitted. Be sure to tag #hfm2014 and tag @hawaiifashionmonth so we can find yours!

Love this shot @davidavidavid got of this oversized sweater from the runway of #HonoluluFW @honolulumag

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This is Chop Suey–a dog, an enigma, a blossoming fashion icon #honolulufw

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A huge mahalo goes out to co founder of #consciousdesignershi and designer of #tsubakihime for an amazing show yesterday! #CDHi #hfm2014 #honolulufw

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Kaua'I Art Factory designers came to Hawaii to be part of #Honolulufw #Honolulufashionweek & # Hawaiifashionmonth #hfm2014 Beautiful models and very talented people were part of this production, therefore #Houseofsantamaria wants to take a moment and express its gratitude for all the hard work. This time I would like to express my mahalo to the front and back of the house as well for making things go smooth and a very especial thank you to Gordon and Lynn Oneal for their support and guidance…# honolulumag #hawaiifashionmonth #kitv4 #KAF #Honolulufashionweek #hfxhawaii # hifi #hfx #Houseofsantamaria #wilhelminahawaii # motiveshi #paulbrown, Therese, Dayna, Rene, Toby, Melissa, Casea, Amanda, James, the models and all the amazing volunteers who came from different places and locations to support. Aswell to Marielle Hellgren with Current affairs for always being available to us From the bottom of #jsjosesantamariaenterprises hearth a big #mahalo #thankyou # grazie #gracias. Jose Santamaria Fashion show producer.

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11.11 // @momok0 x @allisonizu at last week's show to kick off @honolulumag 's #honolulufw .

Representing an amazing company dear to my heart. @hawaiianairlines did a superb job at the Honolulu Fashion Week this past weekend. Heather and I were part of Hawaiian Air's runway that showcased 8 decades of uniforms ending in today's current one. Thank you #teamhawaiianair @lilmisskini @yeahtash @808traveler @hoooooey the rest of the gang who pulled all this together. Mahalo to @ratahiti and @west_leclay for the shot. This was a wonderful and blessed experience.

Thank you @kitfurderer for the photos


#tbt #honolulufw

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Woodland nymph anklets for #honolulufw.

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HFX Fashion Photography Preview: Eric Rhodes

Starting Nov. 1, when you walk through Ward Village during Hawaii Fashion Month you’ll see stunning images featuring members of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange on display in store windows.

We’re installing 12 huge photographic prints in all — images made by such photographers as Dallas Nagata White, Adam Jung, and Daniela Voicescu, and featuring the work of the many local fashion professionals who make a fashion photograph possible: designers, stylists, models, makeup artists, and assistants. All month long we’ll share an image from the exhibition on this blog, along with the story behind it.

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Photographer: Eric Rhodes, MUSE Agenci; Makeup & Hair: Jeannette Rhodes, MUSE Agenci; Model: Jocelyn Nadine; Gown: Bernard Foong

Designer Bernard Foong wanted to spend more time shooting the gown he created for the first Hawaii Fashion Month bridal and gown campaign. This photo was taken at a friend’s private estate on Kailua beach. We did other looks within the home, at different areas on the grounds and on the beach in front of the house, all on the same day. These images remain some of the most memorable from the winter 2013 season. — Eric Rhodes, photographer

In conjunction with HFM’s kickoff on Nov. 1, a walking map of the photos, designed by FLUX Magazine, will be available at various storefronts throughout Ward Village and Ward Warehouse to guide you through each of the photos.

As the Official Shopping Center sponsor of HFM 2014, Ward Village is providing generous support for this exhibit and many other HFM 2014 events, including the Fashion ForWARD VIP Kickoff (for HFX members and invited guests only), Art + Flea Presents OUTFIT on Nov. 29, Louda Larrain’s workshop and exhibit at fishcake, and more. Check out the HFM Calendar for the full lineup.

Hang On To The Weekend With Grey Goose Dayclub

Summer continues with #GreyGooseDayclub.

Surrounded by sun, sand, and surf all year long, it’s no wonder beachwear is a staple of Hawaii fashion. Every first Sunday of the month, you can find the 2014 Grey Goose Summer Club at the MODERN’s Sunset Pool, and on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 12 to 5 p.m., they will host a special Dayclub featuring Kaimana Beachwear, MAIA Couture, and jewelry from Lane Tanner Designs as a part of Hawaii Fashion Month. It’s also a fundraiser for Miss Hawaii.

“Kaimana Beachwear has been my partner at the MODERN for the past three years. They’re a great fit for the Dayclub as the line is very chic and sexy,” said the party’s organizer, Christa Wittmier. “Many guests that come and see the swimwear love it and wind up purchasing it that day.” She adds that pieces are available to buy in the hotel’s gift shop.

While watching the runway show and lounging around the MODERN’s pool, guests can enjoy an ice-cold Grey Goose frozen lemonade, a new sangria, or The MODERN’s famously refreshing Modern Mule, made with new Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime. Don’t think you can just have one, or want to share? The Modern Mule is available by the pitcher for $55! The MODERN will also also have their full menu available.

The MODERN is HFM’s Official Hotel Sponsor for the second year running, and this year Grey Goose Le Melon debuts as the Month’s official spirit. The MODERN offers exclusive discount room rates to members of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange and will serve as the chic hub for HFM’s VIP guests.  Grey Goose Le Melon will be featured at fashion events throughout November during HFM as well. “These brands are perfectly aligned with Hawaii Fashion Month, which seeks to elevate Hawaii as a fashion center and destination,” says HFM Co-Chair Melissa May White.

At the Dayclub, Addiction Nightclub resident DJs Compose and Anit, in addition to Wittmier as SuperCW, will set the vibe with music ranging from tropical house, chillwave, and nu-disco to old school hip-hop and the top hits. They’re joined by special guests Partius Monsterious and Taylor from OMIA.

Grey Goose Dayclub is Sunday, Nov. 2, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the MODERN Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, 21+. Cost of entry is only $10, but get there early as capacity is limited. For VIP daybed reservations, email

A Preview Of ‘Aloha Na‘au’ With Henry Navarro, HFX Mentor

Navarro will bring his place-based philosophy to Hawaii as a mentor in the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (or HFX), first as a guest speaker at HIFI Connects during Hawaii Fashion Month in November, 2014, and returning in the summer of 2015 to work with HIFI and the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Henry Navarro is inspired by conflict — the relationship between humanity and nature, ideas and reality, individuals and groups.

“My art functions as sort of experimental space where I try to flesh out the nature and meaning of phenomena and situations,” he says. It’s a struggle that, fortunately for us, blends the abstract with the beautiful. And while the divergence is expressed in every media Navarro employs — through painting, sculpting, or filming — fashion is where he says he gets immediate satisfaction.

“People who normally would not be interested in art, let alone contemporary artwork, feel a lot more at ease with my fashion-based projects,” he says. Navarro’s fashion-based public art pieces are interactive projects that help to develop relationships between those who participate and the community, a gratifying collaboration he continues to foster as an instructor.

Currently a faculty member of Communication, Arts, and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, the Cuba native has installed site-specific public art shows around the world. A 2012 show, called “Mis-Measured Structures” and held at Bromwell’s Gallery in Cincinnati, featured large-scale paintings alongside fashion-based installations that were inspired by Cincinnati. He says being at Ryerson gives him opportunities to explore and engage students in the kind of practice-based teaching and interdisciplinary research he is interested in.

Navarro will bring his place-based philosophy to Hawaii as a mentor in the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (or HFX), first as a guest speaker at HIFI Connects during Hawaii Fashion Month in November, 2014, and returning in the summer of 2015 to work with HIFI and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Navarro’s classes and workshops will provide local designers with tools and strategies to create and promote their designs and product. In a nod to his passion for conflict, Navarro says Hawaii fashion defies the stereotypes that the rest of the world has created and that is what fascinates him. “The fact that such a small place is so culturally complex, diverse, and full of paradoxes makes it very attractive to me,” he says.

During November’s Hawaii Fashion Month, Navarro will announce his next public art project, “Aloha Na‘au” — a fashion collection designed, produced, and promoted locally, made out of local materials, using local inspirations, and featuring young local talent as co-creators. He has previously produced similar projects called “Grey Cincinnati,” “Femme Universalis,” and “SituOzuOne.”

As Navarro describes it, “Aloha Na‘au” will hopefully encourage youth of Polynesian background who live in Hawaii to provide input as fashion designers, models, makeup artists, photographers, graphic designers, and even music producers, and make them aware of their value to their communities. He hopes they will collaborate in every aspect of the creative process “while having a space to creatively reflect on their Polynesian heritage and their contribution to the social and cultural fabric of contemporary Hawaii.”

“Aloha Na‘au” will conclude with a public fashion show in the summer of 2015.


Kini Zamora & Dinko Satta Will Debut A New Line For KINIandDINKO During HFM

What’s next for “Project Runway” contestant Kini Zamora? The answer will be revealed on the runway during Hawaii Fashion Month when he and business partner Dean “Dinko” Satta debut the new spring/summer 2015 collection of their eponymous line, KINIandDINKO.

Presented by Hawaii Fashion Incubator, Zamora’s show will happen on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center Exhibition Hall as part of HONOLULU Fashion Week.

“Dinko and I are extremely excited to be part of Hawaii Fashion Month, and this is the perfect time and place to showcase our new line,” said Zamora. “Hawaii has given us so much inspiration in our designs and I’m especially grateful for the aloha and support during ‘Project Runway’.”

Zamora and Satta gained much of their inspiration for the collection from their recent experiences visiting New York City. The derivative of the architectural life left the designers in awe.

“Through the shadows of endless buildings and high rises, there seemed to always be a light shining through, which is symbolic of the surge of business, publicity, ‘Project Runway,’ and aloha, all mixed into one. A challenge and a blessing, a darkness and a light,” added Zamora. “THIS is fashion, this is KINIandDINKO.”

Zamora’s show will happen on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center Exhibition Hall as part of HONOLULU Fashion Week.

HFX Mentor Profile: Louda Larrain, Textile Artist

As part of Hawaii Fashion Month, Louda Larrain will host a workshop on fashion illustration that will tie in to her exhibition of haute couture swatches that she hand-stitched for Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro and Thierry Mugler, and others, in the '80s and early '90s.

Featured Image: Louda presents her collection at the Russian Heritage Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC. June 17th 2009 © Martin Roe

If ever there is a painter of fibers, it’s Louda Larrain. The internationally accomplished designer, a daughter of communist Russia, started painting at the age of 5 at the encouragement of her parents. “It didn’t cost anything,” she says, “but everything is serous. You don’t go to express yourself. It was like, ‘You! Go and draw a cube for a year!'”


Louda enrolled in fashion design in college, but says she didn’t have much interest in it because the culture at the time viewed fashion design as less than intellectual. “I thought I would just get a diploma and then paint, or whatever.” Soon, she realized that fabric had a visceral quality that painting did not. “It’s very sensual,” she says. “Textile is tactile. You like to touch it, get your fingers in. It’s not the same materials you would use when painting. You put out all the wools and threads and all the senses are activated. As soon as I put it in fabric, it’s an emotional experience.”


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Illustrations by Louda for a recent show at Carnegie Hall, courtesy of the artist.

As part of Hawaii Fashion Month, Louda will host a workshop on fashion illustration that will tie in to her exhibition of haute couture swatches that she hand-stitched for Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler, among others, during her tenure in France from 1996-2005.

In 1996, Louda left Russia for France with nothing more than 200 francs in the bank, and by happenstance found herself at an accessories fair in Paris, where someone complimented her outfit. “He stopped me to ask what is it that I was wearing,” she recalls. “I wore a jacket made from one of my fabrics, so I said that I made it.”

That person was François Lesage, the French embroidery designer and heir to Maison Lesage, an embroidery atelier that collaborated with such fashion clients as Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Balenciaga, and Dior. The next day, Louda got a phone call. “I have news for you,” Lesage told her. “Someone went crazy about your fabric. It’s Karl Lagerfeld!”

“It’s so big that you get post-traumatic stress,” Louda remembers. The early support from Lesage and enthusiasm from Lagerfeld, the creative director and head designer at Chanel, convinced Louda that she had a future in textile design. Her pieces have since been featured at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, a somewhat disillusioning experience. “You just keep repeating what sells,” she told the New York Times. “Today I’m much better off making much less, designing just one piece at a time, but a really loved piece.”

Now, at 52, Louda and her husband, esteemed photographer Gilles Larrain, live and continue to make art on Kauai. “Being in Hawaii, I’ve never thought as clearly, never had as many good and valid ideas as I had before. It’s much more relaxed, personal, and friendly here.”

She says she is excited to participate as a mentor in the Hawaii Fashion Exchange’s mentorship program, as well as the upcoming Hawaii Fashion Month. “What Melissa White and Toby Portner have in mind is a really great idea, because assisting with Paris’ and New York’s Fashion Weeks, you still love fashion you want to see what is exciting. Hawaii Fashion Month can be like a cherry on all the fashion weeks.”

To register for Louda’s HFX mentor workshop, click here. Below is a preview of Louda’s textiles.

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Today, we’re opening our newest member of the HIFI family up to the public. It’s called the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX) and we’re so excited to share it with you.

“HFX is HIFI’s new online membership platform. It is an incredible resource both for local fashion professionals as well as the public to network, connect with HFM opportunities, gain exposure, and work with globally recognized fashion moguls from around the world,” says HFX Managing Director, Casea Collins-Wright.

HFX will support our events during HFM, and the exchange is active year-round.

Joining the exchange grants you access to opportunities for paid work and exposure during HFM, a members-only forum where you can post job needs and opportunities in a centralized location, a publicly-viewable work portfolio, perks from HFM partners and sponsors, and mentor workshops with such incredible and inspirational professionals as Lynne O’Neill, Mark Arbeit, and Louda Larrain.

While still in a beta test, the HFX platform is ready for all to join. Let us know how it feels, if you see any bugs, and how it can better support you. HFX is, first and foremost, for the community. Send any feedback to

Click here for membership information and pricing.

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HFX Photography Exhibit: Call For Photos

To celebrate the talent of local fashion photographers (as well as the launch of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange), Ward Centers and HIFI well exhibit photographs in windows throughout Ward Warehouse.

This is where you come in. We need photographs to exhibit! Please click here to submit your photos to be seen in this unique show. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 12.



The HFM 2014 Press Launch Was Fantastic

On September 19 the media, designers, photographers, and other industry professionals gathered on the outdoor terrace of The Modern Honolulu’s Sun Suite for an exclusive press conference to learn about what’s in store for this year’s #HFM2014.

It sure was hot this weekend, but that didn’t stop Hawaii Fashion Incubator co-founders Melissa White and Toby Portner from looking ever so cool, confident, and collected when Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed November 2014 as Hawaii Fashion Month.

On September 19 the media, designers, photographers, and other industry professionals gathered on the outdoor terrace of The Modern Honolulu’s Sun Suite for an exclusive press conference to learn about what’s in store for this year’s #HFM2014.

And The Modern, as this year’s official hotel sponsor, will host numerous fashion events throughout the month of November, including the Grey Goose Day Club on November 1.

“We are pleased to be a partner of the Hawaii Fashion Month. It is an honor to be hosting the fashion community this morning for the official HFM press conference and to have Governor Abercrombie join us and share in the excitement.” @modernhonolulu

And the press conference attracted other notable attendees, such as “Project Runway” contestant and Hawaii Fashion Exchange Ambassador Kiniokahokuloa “Kini” Zamora, who showed his support for Hawaii’s burgeoning fashion industry and even took a photo with the governor:

“Found out the governor is a huge fan!!! Us at this mornings HFM press conference. November is Hawaii Fashion Month. Look out for @kinianddinkonew collection!!” @designerkini

World-renowned photographer Mark Arbeit, the “aloha shirt expert” designer Dale Hope, and internationally acclaimed fashion designer Louda Larrain also made appearances as #hfxhawaii mentors.

#HFXHawaii mentors Mark Arbeit, Dale Hope, Louda Larrain share their knowledge and experience #hfm2014

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“#HFXHawaii mentors Mark Arbeit, Dale Hope, Louda Larrain share their knowledge and experience #hfm2014” @hawaiifashionmonth

During the press conference, Alyson Helwagen, publisher of HONOLULU Magazine, also shared details about this year’s inaugural HONOLULU Fashion Week, which will take place November 6-9 at the Hawaii Convention Center. And save the date for this year’s #HFM2014 kick-off event, Fashion ForWARD, which will take place on November 1 in the courtyard of the iconic IBM Building. Our calendar of #HFM2014 events will stay continuously updated as more events are finalized.

Top photo courtesy Travis Okimoto.