HFM 2015 Volunteer Meet-up and Model Casting – October 19!

Model Meg Akim backstage at the KINIandDINKO fashion show during HFM 2014 | photo by Lyle Amine

Hawaii Fashion Incubator hosts its annual Volunteer Meet-up and Model Casting on Monday, October 19, 6-9 pm at the Kakaako Conference Room in Ward Warehouse (2nd floor above Nohea Gallery).

HIFI’s volunteer program is an exciting opportunity for students, aspiring and emerging fashion professionals to gain experience and work with established fashion professionals through events during Hawaii Fashion Month and throughout the year. Each year during Hawaii Fashion Month, hundreds of volunteers and models are featured in events statewide, and approximately 4,000 volunteer hours are logged in support of Hawaii’s largest community-driven fashion initiative.  Many volunteers have gone on to bigger opportunities each year, in some cases hosting their own Hawaii Fashion Month events.

At the Volunteer Meet-up, sign-ups will be collected for Hawaii Fashion Month events and other volunteer opportunities year round. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Backstage assistance at runway shows
  • Promotions and social media
  • Greeters and ambassadors
  • Event set-up and production
  • Hair and makeup
  • Styling
  • Photography and video
  • Modeling
  • and more!

An all-ages Model Casting Call will be held concurrently with the Volunteer Meet-up. Casting directors for HFM events will be in attendance.  Agency and independent models are welcome, and requirements vary by producer. Opportunities include volunteer, trade, and paid work. Models will be required to sign a release form and minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to participate.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to register in advance at www.hawaiifashionmonth.com/get-involved and complete their release forms online.

Questions may be directed to amanda@hawaiifashionmonth.com

Featured image: Model Meg Akim backstage at the KINIandDINKO fashion show during HFM 2014 | photo by Lyle Amine

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

Call for Talent: Goodwill Goes Glam + Kini Zamora Fashion Show

Sunday, June 28 2015 @ HIFI COOP

Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to work with Kini Zamora, all while doing good for Hawaii’s community. Production support and dressers are needed for the 2015 GOODWILL Goes GLAM! Presented by Bank Of Hawaii Foundation Fashion Show on July 16.

Must be 16+ to participate

Call for Talent: June 28, 2015, @HIFI COOP, Ward Warehouse, 2nd floor above T&C

Facebook event link here


Honolulu’s First ‘Fashion as Public Art’ Project Needs YOU


Photos from previous collaborations including Havanidad (Cuba), Grey Cincinnati (US), Femme Universalis (Toronto), and Situozuone (Italy)

June 2015 brings Toronto designer, professor, and HFX Mentor Henry Navarro to Honolulu, where he sets the stage for Ahola, a site specific fashion project with potential to change the world!

A site-specific fashion project is a community driven public art work that takes advantage of fashion design’s collaborative processes to allow the exploration of social or political issues in a specific location. Henry coined the term “fashion as public art” and has completed similar projects working with communities in Cuba, Italy, Spain, and the mainland US.

Everyone is welcomed to participate, in everything from planning to design, photography, modeling, event production, and all the roles in between. Expert participants learn about the social empowerment aspect of project while novice ones learn about fashion as a creative industry.

The work starts right away and develops organically based on who comes to the table. The sky is the limit!

The final collection will be showcased during Hawaii Fashion Month in November 2015.

Please use this form to indicate your interests and talents and look out for immediate follow up.

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 Best Way To Attend HONOLULU Fashion Week? Volunteer!

Aloha! If you want access to the great events, panel discussions, and fashion shows happening during HONOLULU Fashion Week, pay attention:

We have immediate volunteer needs to support the exciting fashion shows and the epic retail pop-up space (unlike anything ever seen in Hawaii) at the Hawaii Convention Center Exhibition Hall Nov. 6 through Nov. 9. Please email Amanda Stevens (Director of Volunteers & Talent) at amanda@hawaiifashionmonth.com to confirm if you are available to volunteer this week and indicate your day, shift, area of interest, and T-shirt size.

  • Thursday, November 6: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Friday, November 7: 12:00pm-5:00pm or 5:00pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Saturday, November 8: 11:00am-4:30pm or 4:30pm-10:00pm
    (pop-up event support, dresser)
  • Sunday, November 9: 10:00am-4:00pm
    (pop-up event support)

Of course, you may volunteer for more than one shift, with a break in-between. As always, mahalo from the Hawaii Fashion Month team!