May 29th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Width: 4-feet 9-inches

Length: 8-feet

Work table end

Width: 4-feet 9-inches

Jerry and I have decided to redecorate our downstairs. It has been our studio and workroom for decades and it is showing the wear.

We have two highly useful items we would like to give away to someone who can use them. The first is the cutting table I used in my fashion design studio and then moved into our home. It is on wheels. The dimensions are eight-feet long by four-feet nine-inches long (or 96-inches by 57-inches).  It has storage shelves underneath which I used for bolts of fabric and pattern-making paper, then later for canvases, framing materials, collage papers, etc. The top has a layer of cutting board material that enables you to cut on it. I used an Exacto knife and rotary cutter on it all the time.

Jerry built it and this table is made to last for generations. It will have to be taken apart into two sections to get it out of the house. It was built in two sections so it should be simple. We have dismantled it several times before. You will need a truck to take it home.

Dimensions: 27-inches by 17-inches

Dimensions: 27-inches by 17-inches

There are three handy storage sections.

There are three handy storage sections.

The other piece is a leather Chinese coffee table with three sections for storage. I kept table linens in it. It has a glass top so you can put drinks or whatevers on it.

If you are seriously interested in either or both of these pieces. please email me. First come, first served. Honestly, it’s hard to part with them, but the time has come for some big changes downstairs!

- Paula Rath

May 24th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Kaveh Darkness 1

Model: Aileen Garcia of Niche Models                     All Photos by Kaveh Kardan

I am always happy when fashion photographer Kaveh Kardan shares his exquisite, dramatic images with me. He has such a great eye and his use of texture is so tactile. I want to reach right into the scene and take a piece of it.
Kaveh and stylist Therese Wahl recently took two models to a waterfall and let their spirits soar.
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Model Camila Storchi of Wilhelmina Hawaii

This shoot reminds me of an exciting experience I had when I was fourteen. My family was house sitting for the Atherton family at Luakaha, their beautiful estate in Nuuanu Valley. There is a waterfall on the property and somehow Vogue Magazine discovered it.
The Vogue photographer asked me to put on a bikini and pose on various rocks and in the water so they could determine how and where they wanted the model to  pose, and how the light would change. I had no idea so much was involved with a photo shoot – it was my first exposure to the complex world of fashion photography.
It was a very glamorous job, indeed, although it got quite chilly after a few hours!
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Photography: Kaveh Kardan, IG: KardanPhotography, FB: KardanPhotography,

Styling: Therese Wahl, IG: theresewahlstyling,

Hair and Makeup: Malia Melanie, IG: mariahmelanie, FB: mariahmelanie

Model: Camila Storchi of Wilhelmina Hawaii, IG: camilastorchi

Model: Aileen Garcia of Niche Models and Talent, IG: rastaina_hawaii

Photo Assistant: Caitlin Moore

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- Paula Rath
May 11th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Courtesy of Shera Mercer

A bracelet and pendant from the Alohi Kai Sunray Zoanthid Collection          Photos courtesy Shera Mercer

Jewelry designer Shera Mercer, whose line is called Alohi Kai, is passionate about diving. She and her husband Joe hit the ocean every chance they get, in search of new adventures and inspirations.

During a recent North Shore dive in Haleiwa Trench, she discovered a sea anemone that has inspired an entire collection. Called a Sunray Zoanthid, it was something she had never seen in any of her previous dives in oceans all across the globe. (Shera and Joe met while diving in the Maldives.)

Zoanthid flower in ocean

Sunray Zoanthids in their natural habitat.

Although the conditions were not ideal for diving the Haleiwa Trench that day, Shera said, “I often see unusual things there that we don’t see at any of the dive sites, so it’s always fun to go and poke around. As we combed our way in the green water with low visibility, I came across these amazing-looking anemones. It turns out, Sunray Zoanthids are not very common at all on Oahu. In fact, these were the only ones I’ve been able to find. There are other kinds of Zoanthids, but these are particularly lovely as they sit alone on a stem, as opposed to other types that form a mat on the reef.”

Alohi Kai one deck

The necklace can go gracefully from day to evening, with jeans or a cocktail dress.

In spite of the “murky and green and un-ideal for diving” waters, as Shera described them, she was struck by the anemones’ beauty and intrigue. The images stuck with her and a year later she began work on her new collection. Her first design was a double layered necklace. “Wearing it is so great! It makes a pleasing noise like coins as you move,” she explained.


The "double decker" necklace, which makes a lovely sound as you move.

The “double decker” necklace, which makes a lovely sound as you move.

The "double decker" necklace is blessed with a little gemstone.

The “double decker” necklace is blessed with a little gemstone.

The collection includes several styles of rings.

The collection includes several styles of rings.

Sunray Zoanthid earrings and necklace.

Sunray Zoanthid earrings and necklace.

Alohi Kai pendant

The collection is currently sold online only (priced at $89 to $649), but you can find other Alohi Kai pieces from previous collections at Riches Kahala, such as the piper fish, marine heart, honu, cowrie, sea snail and mushroom coral.

Here’s an added photo bonus: Shera just finished making these two necklaces she describes simply as “wire wrapped.”Whoa! They’re quite different from the typical style and format of a wire wrapped piece.

alohi kai wire wrapped 1

alohi kai wire wrapped 2

- Paula Rath


May 5th, 2016 / posted by paularath
An Indonesian weaver at work. Photos in this story are courtesy of Ron Irwin of Indige.

An Indonesian weaver at work.                          Photos in this story are courtesy of Ron Irwin of Indige.

Ron Irwin, owner of Indige Design in Kaimuki ( is far more than a shop owner. He works in Indonesia from the ground up on his garments, meeting with weavers, dyers, pattern makers, seamstresses and even button makers and notions purveyors to find or create exactly the look he wants.

A new layered linen garment that Ron recently re-designed.

A new layered natural linen gauze garment that Ron recently re-designed.

By working directly with the weavers in a small Indonesian village, Ron can create fabrics that will suit his customers and their island lifestyles. That’s why his garments are so ideal for Hawaii.

Just back from another working trip, Ron reports: “I have been working excitedly with our new master weaver and following his suggestions for thread width, color dye and weaving patterns too. I am so pleased with all of his input in creating a better quality and artistic fabric than we have ever had before.”

Who doesn't love polka dots?

Who doesn’t love polka dots?

Hand weaving, Indonesian style.

Hand weaving, Indonesian style.

Ron with a dashing new print.

Ron with a dashing new print.

Searching for notions such as buttons and zippers can be quite a chore in the extreme heat of Indonesia.

Searching for notions such as buttons can be quite a chore in the extreme heat of Indonesia.

One of Ron’s recent projects has been the perfection of natural linen gauze. His previous iteration was deemed comfy and cool and lovable for its lightness. However, it was also quite sheer – too much so for many of his modest customers.

During this trip he found a 60% linen/40% cotton blend that’s “soft as tissue” and can be layered beautifully so that it is not quite so transparent.

The linen/cotton blend in a two-color layered style.

The linen/cotton blend in a two-color layered style.

Indige will carry this fiber in white, natural, orange and ice blue.

It will be a few months before these new prints and fabrics are in store. Watch Ron’s windows for what’s new or call him at 734-3377 to ask about particular pieces you may see here.

Ron's pau hana hideaway

Ron’s pau hana hideaway

It can all be exhausting work in this climate, so Ron is relieved to have found a lovely (and affordable) place to rest and refresh at pau hana time.

- Paula Rath


April 29th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Chris Oliver's Kailua Crates serve many purposes.

Chris Oliver’s Kailua Crates serve many purposes.

There’s just no keeping a creative person down. When The Honolulu Advertiser closed in 2010, Chris Oliver was one of the multi-talented folks who lost their jobs.

Chris was the travel editor in the Island Life Section and she put together an eclectic, imaginative and intriguing section every week. I have a file full of “Future Trip Ideas” clipped from her sections.

Since the newspaper’s closure, we have become lifetime friends. When we need a sounding board – someone who truly understands us – we get together for coffee or lunch.

The closing of the newspaper allowed Chris to do something she has long dreamed of – moving back part time to her native England. She and her husband Gareth live half the year in Kailua and half the year in Cambridge.

Perfect for a bathroom caddy.

Perfect for a bathroom caddy.

In addition, the freedom of writing part time as a freelancer allows her to use her able hands to build furniture (her children’s Adirondack chair was a sought after item at our Malama Palama silent auction), grow flowers and start an innovative (not to mention adorable) home decor line called Kailua Crates.

These make wonderful Mother’s Day or hostess gifts, but I plan to buy some for myself. Hey, I’m a mother!

Kailua Crates have versatile uses for the home and outdoors.

Kailua Crates have versatile uses for the home, inside and out.

The crates will debut this Saturday at a special Art Extravaganza, featuring some of my favorite artists and artisans, including:

Bev Creamer (Jewelry)

Sabra Feldstein (glass works)

Leslie Hayashi (children’s books)

Elizabeth Kent (vintage kimono artwear)

Pam Sandridge ( hand knitted shrugs)


One-of-a-kind kimono jacket by Elizabeth Kent

One-of-a-kind kimono jacket by Elizabeth Kent

Here are the details:

Saturday, April 30

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1033 Hunakai Street (by Kahala Mall)

- Paula Rath