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Model Citizen – Moani Hara

Model Citizen features inspirational people in fashion, art and entertainment, who utilize their talents for the good of the community. Meet Model Citizen Moani Hara, Miss Hawaii USA 2014. She’ll be leaving soon for Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete for…

Aloha Beijing! Last looks

The famous Bird’s Nest stadium from the Beijing Olympics I got to spend, literally, one full day back in Beijing before heading home at midnight. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day and the pollution was low, so we could enjoy…

Summer movie preview

For most, summer means a break from school, hitting the beaches or going on a trip. For me, it’s all about watching some kick-ass movies. The summer movie season is when studios release their blockbuster flicks where bigger is always…

Rally for [respect] to combat sexual violence

Honolulu Theatre for Youth on Tuesday evening hosted the first annual “Rally for [respect].” April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and HTY partnered with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center to organize the rally, intended to empower youth to prevent sexual…

Reverie – UH Manoa Senior Fashion Show

The UH Manoa fashion program celebrated its 48th anniversary Sunday night at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Every year, I look forward to witnessing what could be a major diamond in the rough and possibly the next Ari…

Night Market fashion show: Issa de’ mar

Honolulu Night Market was aptly themed Recharge with its new location on Cooke Street Saturday, and offered a fresh element to the fashion show layout, sans the runway and stage.Featured swimwear brand Issa de’ mar, complemented by ready-to-wear clothing brand,…

Maui: Dine-around in Wailea

I’m finally catching back up to my Maui trip last weekend! As part of the Maui Agricultural Festival activities, the media and visiting chefs were treated to a dine-around at top Wailea restaurants: Capishe? has been around for more than…

Did this: Hula Grill’s chocolate/beer dinner

Chocolate goes well with almost anything, but I don’t know if many people know that it goes well with beer. The bitterness in dark chocolate apparently goes well with the various flavors that different beers (especially stouts) impart, leaving a…

Tori Richard grand opening

Tori Richard celebrated the grand opening of its new Ala Moana store last night. Through April 8, the vibrant new space will feature artwork from youth participating in Art to Go, an outreach program at the Honolulu Museum of Art.…

“How I Met Your Mother” finale review

Another long-running TV show ends, and again fans are left disappointed. Can you say “major disappointment?” (of course, along with Ted and Robin hand salute). The popular CBS TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” ended its nine-season run this…

H&M sneak peek

The new H&M in Waikiki — the first H&M outlet in Hawaii — officially opens to the public Thursday at noon. But on Tuesday, I got an early tour of the highly anticipated 31,000-square-feet mega store, with high ceilings and…

Preview: Fresh Cafe Downtown

The new Fresh Cafe, located in the old Indigo space in Chinatown, opened Wednesday for a media preview. The restaurant and the menu have been undergoing renovations since owner Tiffany Tanaka took it over last fall, and she hopes to…

UH Manoa Costume Collection

Students from the University of Hawaii Manoa’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program on Sunday conducted a group exhibition coinciding with the UH Manoa Museum Day. Students showcased their choices of items from the Historic Costume Collection “closet” and titled this…

Eating local at the Hyatt Waikiki

It’s great to eat local, do the farm-to-table stuff, source your ingredients from a small radius, etc., but when you live in a metropolitan hub like Honolulu, that’s not always easy to do. In recent months, the Hyatt Waikiki has…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ MDA Spring Soiree

The upcoming Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Hawaii Spring Soiree will be its 15th, but I only went for the first time last year … and was blown away. I go to a lot of nonprofit events during the year,…

Pashma in Waikiki

Pashma — a brand known around the world for its luxe textiles, scarves and wraps — has opened a store at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. Hawaii has been an inspiration destination for designer Shilu Kumar, who founded the…

Nonstop Movies: ‘Robocop’

I won’t be buying a ticket for this movie. Nope, not even for a dollar.The 2014 edition of the 1987 cult classic “Robocop” is dull, plodding and completely lacking the satirical bite of the original. Helmed by Brazilian director Jose…