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Editor’s Page: The Extra Step

Dedication shines through.


FRobbie Dingemanlipping through the pages of this month’s issue makes me grateful for our team, our community and our shared passion for getting the job done right. There’s surfer/designer/mom Malia Jones O’Loughlin and Mauka Lani Elementary elections precinct chair Teri Heade and six models with diverse pursuits that compete for their attention. All of these people show a commitment to what they’re doing that makes them stand out among their peers.


This month, our magazine celebrates the third HONOLULU Fashion Week at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Nov. 10, 11 and 12, with 11 runway shows featuring top models, a pop-up marketplace where you can shop the trends and a whirl of activities. It’s a big undertaking for a fairly small team, yet worth it when we see the growth in these three short years. HONOLULU Magazine has covered fashion for decades and this event brings people from all over the world. It showcases the fashion talent here: from legacy businesses that include ‘Iolani Sportswear and Reyn Spooner, Project Runway standout Kini Zamora, culturally rooted family companies from veteran Manuheali‘i to rising-star Manaola along with a host of designers, models, stylists—so many businesses and individuals dedicated to fashion. And we’re excited about the middle-school students mentored by Reach the Runway, Fashion Week’s nonprofit organization.


All of these people show a commitment to what they’re doing that makes them stand out.


This was all the inspiration of Duane Kurisu, our entrepreneur/business executive boss, who saw the opportunity to bring Hawai‘i to the world and the world to Hawai‘i, and it’s grown into a many-faceted event.


HONOLULU Fashion Week gets a huge boost from homegrown experts largely based on the East Coast but with their hearts still close to the Islands. We’re so happy to welcome back Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill, internationally recognized fashion show producer extraordinaire, and fashion show stylist Don Sumada, a Hilo native who’s spent more than 20 years styling runway shows from NYC and Milan to Honolulu. We thank them, our presenting sponsor Hawaiian Airlines, and all the people who put in many hours in the shops, on the runways and behind the scenes to make this annual event happen. We invite all of you to come to the Convention Center to experience this stylish and fun event. 


Behind the scenes cover shoot

Behind the scenes at this month’s cover shoot.


This issue’s fashion coverage complements the event. Our managing fashion editor, Brie Thalmann, tagged along with Malia Jones O’Loughlin for days to report on this designer on the rise. She travels in the rarified world of red-carpet appearances in the fashion business and with her actor husband, Alex O’Loughlin (Hawai‘i Five-0’s Steve McGarrett). Yet Brie, creative director Kristin Lipman and I were struck by how low-drama and easy to work with Malia was, juggling work commitments, school pickups and Costco runs like the rest of us. Meanwhile, senior fashion editor Stacey Makiya was criss-crossing the island from starry-night shoots to a motocross track in Kahuku with Kristin and photographer Tommy Shih for another side of Hawai‘i’s top “Model Citizens.” We think you’ll be wowed. 


We’re happy to welcome writer James Charisma as a contributing editor with “Kamaka Looks Forward” and “Tweed Life.”


Of course, the big event in November remains Election Day. Make time to vote and let your voice be heard as we elect a new president, and other officials who determine how our tax dollars are spent and other important community decisions.




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