From chic beachware and bold, nature-inspired prints to cool collabs and fresh spins on sartorial traditions, here are 18 reason we’re crazy about Hawai‘i fashion.
By Maria Kanai, Stacey Makiya, Natalie Schack and Brie Thalman
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No. 8: Our Island Hot Pot
Hawai‘i’s unique mix of cultures results in some of the most photogenic, exotically beautiful people in the world, as evidenced by this roundup of ridiculously good-looking Island models.
Agency: Premier Models and Talent Hometown: Wailupe Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Portuguese, Sioux, Caucasian Sea Star: “I’ve been an apprentice on the Hōkūle‘a for 10 years now. I love sailing in the wake of my ancestors.”
Agency: Premier Models and Talent Hometown: North Shore Ethnicity: Filipino, Portuguese, Spanish, Irish Beachy Keen: “Surfing is my escape. The most exotic spot I’ve surfed was in Panama, the sets were small and the water was beautiful and glassy.”
Agency: Kathy Muller Talent and Modeling Agency Hometown: Wailuku Ethnicity: Korean, Portuguese, Hawaiian, Filipino, Scottish, Irish Guns and Poses: “I’ve been getting into guns and going to the range. I’m planning to get one of those small semi-automatics, like in James Bond.”
Agency: Niche Models and Talent Hometown: North Shore Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Chinese, German, Dutch, French, African-American, Filipino, Native American Pretty Cool: “My first non-modeling job was at Aoki’s. We would get free shave ice every day. Li hing mui with ice cream was my favorite.”
Agency: Kathy Muller Talent and Modeling Agency Hometown: Hawai‘i Kai Ethnicity: Japanese, Dutch, Irish, English, Swedish, Swiss Triple Threat: “I recently attempted my first biathlon, and came in first in my age category. Next year my goal is to enter the Na Wāhine triathalon.”
Agency: Larson Talent Hawai‘i Hometown: Kailua Ethnicity: Japanese, Okinawan, Latvian
Fresh Air: “I just joined the Hawai‘i Air Guard. I’ll be flying the KC135, a tanker that refuels planes mid-air.”
Agency: Premier Models and Talent Hometown: Kāhala Ethnicity: English, Japanese Animal House: “I have a lot of exotic pets, including a chinchilla, an Italian greyhound, a corgie-golden retriever mix and a hairless cat named E.T.”
Agency: Wilhelmina Hawai‘i
Hometown: Kāhala Ethnicity: Chinese, Spanish, Native American, French, Polish The Voice: “I’m a classically trained opera singer and work as a part-time wedding singer. Most requested songs? ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.”
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