July 26th, 2014 / posted by paularath

Fishcake Fishmarket

July 26th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Jana Lam's clutches. Can't get enough of 'em!

Jana Lam’s clutches. Can’t get enough of ‘em!

Honolulu handbag designer Jana Lam is having a trunk show Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fighting Eel’s Kailua shop.

In spite of being a busy new mom, Jana still manages to design and hand silk screen every inch of every print. It’s the ultimate in Made in Hawaii!

All trunk show bags will be 15 percent off for Saturday only.

For more information, go to: info@fightingeel.com or call (808) 738-9301.

- Paula Rath

July 23rd, 2014 / posted by paularath
Exterior of the new Hildgund Halekulani.

Exterior of the new Hildgund Halekulani.

18k yellow gold white topaz over layered on amaznite with 24.72 carats total weight, complemented with 54 round brilliant cut D-O .45 carat total weight, clarity of SI,color of G.  Photos courtesy of Hildgund

18k yellow gold white topaz over layered on amaznite with 24.72 carats total weight, complemented with 54 round brilliant cut D-O .45 carat total weight, clarity of SI,color of G. Photos courtesy of Hildgund

Hildgund at Halekulani. It has a nice ring to it. And it’s a ring that Hildgund CEO Bruce Bucky has been waiting to hear for a long, long time.

It was a dream of both Bruce and his father to be a part of the Halekulani family.

At the new boutique, expect to find a carefully selected collection of jewels, gems, pearls, jade, yellow diamonds and one-of-a-kind Hildgund creations.

Interior of the 650-square-foot store.

Interior of the 650-square-foot store.

Hildgund is well known for its custom designs, but it also specializes in showcasing jewelry collections from around the world., including some that are exclusive to Hildgund in Hawaii.

Among their designers are Gucci, William Henry Studio Men’s Accessories and 2014 Hawaii Designer of the Year, Jason Dow.

The Kestrel Ali'i Knife features a beautiful frame in Wave Mokume, inlaid with curly koa. The blade is Copper Wave damascus with a VG-5 core; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with citrines.

The Kestrel Ali’i Knife features a beautiful frame in Wave Mokume, inlaid with curly koa. The blade is “Copper Wave” damascus with a VG-5 core; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with citrines.

Hildgund Halekulani offers an eclectic collection of jewels.

Hildgund Halekulani offers an eclectic collection of jewels and custom creations.

Custom hand crafted 18k yellow and white gold Natural Fancy internally flawless 3.28 carat yellow diamond with 54 round brilliant cut diamonds.

Custom hand crafted 18k yellow and white gold Natural Fancy internally flawless 3.28 carat yellow diamond with 54 round brilliant cut diamonds.

I have always appreciated Hildgund as a kama’aina company with heart. My dear friend Lo Kaimuloa, owner of Riches Kahala, got her start in retail at Hildgund in the Kahala Resort. She told me she learned how to run an ethical, honest and fair business there. When making a major purchase such as fine jewelry, it’s nice to know there are strong values behind your investment.

Hildgund Halekulani is located in the lobby level, next to the Halekulani Boutique, with a lovely view of the courtyard.

- Paula Rath

 

 

July 19th, 2014 / posted by paularath
The special displays reflected the carnival theme.

The special displays reflected the carnival theme, Orchid Carnival.

One of the great things about retirement is that we have freedom to just pick up and go when we hear or read about something that sounds like fun.

Jerry and I have dabbled slightly into orchid culture. It started with my mother giving us orchids after they bloomed for her. We stuck them in our backyard and a few months later — they bloomed again! I must confess we didn’t do anything to encourage the blooms. We didn’t feed them or fertilize them or keep them from getting too wet. Yet they bloomed anyway, bless them.

With these little successes, we started occasionally buying an orchid at Koolau Farmers or a farmer’s market. Some of them survived our basic neglect; others thrived. I wouldn’t say it’s become a true hobby, but we do derive so much pleasure having orchids in the house when they are blooming.

Yesterday when we read about the Ewa Orchid Society Show, we decided to take the afternoon and go holoholo to Ewa. Jerry gets out that way to play golf but I haven’t been to Ewa in years!

We saw some beautiful orchids, bought one, and Jerry won an orchid plant as a door prize.

I love the variety of colors, shapes and sizes found among the orchids. Here are a few that caught our attention.

Would you have ever guessed this is an orchid? It won best in show.

Would you have ever guessed this is an orchid?

How did they get all these blooms to come out just in time for the show?

How did they get all these blooms to come out just in time for the show?

Amazing colors!

Amazing colors!

Such a rich color!

Such a rich color!

People often ask me where I get inspiration for my paintings. Well, that red cattleya is inspiring an acrylic painting now. As an abstract painter, I can’t expect you to recognize the beautiful orchid per se. But the color – and some of these sexy shapes – are going to turn up on my canvas before too long.

The Ewa Orchid Society Show continues today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ewa elementary School, 91-11280 Renton Road in Ewa Beach.

Another great reason to go holoholo every once in a while.

- Paula Rath

July 17th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Photos by Melanie Tjoeng Model: Erica Miguel

Vintage cheongsam from Barrio Vintage.         Photos by Melanie Tjoeng
Model: Erica Miguel

As Barrio Vintage enters its third year in business, the chic little boutique is making a move across Nuuanu Avenue.

Owners Jonathan Saupe and Bradley Rhea will soon take over the space currently occupied by designer Florencia Arias, in the Historic Marks Building at 1161 Nuuanu Avenue in Chinatown.

Barrio Vintage Move 2

The doors of the new store will officially open with a  reception on Friday, August 8, at  5 p.m. Jonathan and Bradley promise to set aside a selection of never-before-seen vintage pieces just for the opening.

You can expect the same high quality, carefully curated collection of vintage finds but in a brighter, larger, prettier space.

Bradley has become a super sleuth when it comes to tracking down special vintage items. He travels widely across the Mainland for his unique, tasteful finds.

Barrio Vintage Move 3

As for Florencia Arias, don’t panic. She’s still designing, but spending more time at home with her children.  You will be able to find her chic, comfortable, easy to wear pieces at The Butik on Kapiolani Blvd., Super Citizen in Kahala Mall, Silver Moon Emporium in Haleiwa, Mikinola in Koko Marina Shopping Center, Maya Bella in Kailua and online at FlorenciaArias.com. You’ll also find a list of Neighbor Island stockists on her website.

Photo courtesy of Florencia Arias.

Photo courtesy of Florencia Arias.

Thank goodness. I don’t know what I would do without Florencia’s beautiful and super-comfy pants. They are a travel staple of mine.

For the immediate future, however, she’ll be having her final blow out “Fire Sale” on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s her last day in the space and the prices will be really, really low!

- Paula Rath