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Whats On in November: Major HFM Sponsor Events

Models in Randy Leano gowns, Styled by JS Jose Santamaria Enterprises, Hair and Makeup by Motives Fashion ForWARD HFM 2014 Kickoff at the IBM Building, Ward Village. Credit: Travis Okimoto

Models in Randy Leano gowns | Styled by JS Jose Santamaria Enterprises |Hair and Makeup by Motives | Fashion ForWARD HFM 2014 Kickoff at the IBM Building, Ward Village | Credit: Travis Okimoto

HFM is nearly here, and the calendar is already filling up with events from our major sponsors!  Highlights are below, and details on each can be found on the HFM calendar at www.hawaiifashionmonth.com/calendar

November is a time for the industry to PROMOTE, ELEVATE, CELEBRATE, and CREATE to show Hawaii and the world what Hawaii fashion is made of.

There are still plenty of opportunities to participate, whether its hosting an event, showcasing at one of our partner events, volunteering, or simply coming out to support!  We look forward to seeing you in November.


November 1 –HFM Kickoff: Grey Goose Day Club at THE MODERN HONOLULU

November 4 – Study Hall @ THE MODERN HONOLULU featuring AHOLA: A Site Specific Fashion Project with HFX Mentor Henry Navarro

November 5 –Pacific Edge Magazine Fall Issue Launch at T Galleria

November 6 – HIFI Connects: The Business of HI Fashion at the Honolulu Design Center, featuring a panel of HFX Mentors from Hawaii and beyond

November 10 – Royal Designer Walk at Royal Hawaiian Center

November 12-14 – Ala Moana Center ‘Ewa Wing Opening

November 27-28 – Black Friday / & Small Business Saturday at Ward VillageNovember 20-22 – HONOLULU Fashion Week at the Hawai‘i Convention Center

Additional events are currently being planned. For the full details and calendar, visit hawaiifashionmonth.com.

HFM 2015: Your Guide to Getting Involved

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

Tickets now on sale for Pacific Edge magazine’s A Toast to 2015!

Tickets now on sale for Pacific Edge magazine’s A Toast to 2015!


HFX Members receive $10 off tickets! Find the code on the HFX Opportunities Page at www.hawaiifashionexchange.com (must be logged in as a member). 

Pacific Edge magazine’s “A Toast to 2015!” networking & launch event moves business fashion forward with a showcase of designs from HFX members modeled LIVE
This official Hawai’i Fashion Month event will also recognize 11 local leaders in hospitality, 
staffing-industry veteran Judy Bishop of Bishop & Company, 
and the five Young Professionals featured in the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Pacific Edge: 
Aly Ishikuni of Art + Flea
Josh Feldman of resort-wear giant Tori Richard
Katie Ka’anapu of Ward Village 
Nicole Kealoha of Diverse Art Center
Monica Salter of Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Receive a $10 gift certificate to T Galleria upon check-in + the chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates!

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.


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!

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.


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