July 17th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Photos courtesy Kate Ryan

This just in from my indigo dyeing friend Linda Ryan of Over the Blue Horizon: There’s a home decor event coming to Kailua Town this Sunday, July 21st, and it will feature 50+ vendors.

It’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Danielle Sherman, whom you may remember as the founder of Social Wahines and Startup Weekend. She’s a realtor now, so it’s not surprising that she would shine her spotlight on home decor.

There will be lots of food, local treasures and original artisans at the pet-friendly marketplace, where you will even find pooches waiting to be adopted.

Pillow by Over the Blue Horizon

Linda is best known for her antique Japanese folk textiles and vintage clothing, especially indigo pieces. At Sunday’s event, she is focusing on home decor, with pillows made from vintage Japanese rice or flour sacks, framed textiles, table runners, sakiori (rag woven) rugs and futon covers. She will also have a few scarves and jackets.

The quality and authenticity of Over the Blue Horizon pieces is always exemplary, and now Linda’s daughter, Kate, has added her considerable talents to the family business, with her lush photography and stylish approach to pillows. Whether your decor is minimalist, understated elegance or shabby chic, these one-of-a-kind finds will bring lightness and joy into your home.

Paula Rath



July 12th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Photos courtesy of Hawaii All-Collectors Show

Is that honu pin your Tutu gave you Ming’s…or not?

I was fortunate to inherit a beautiful bracelet from my mother, and it reminds me of the sparkle in her eyes when my father surprised her with a gift of Ming’s Jewelry. He worked on Bishop Street in the Dillingham Building, and every once in a while he would pop in to the Ming’s Jewelry of Hawaii downtown store. Whether it was a pikake bracelet or fish earrings, she was always delighted.

You can learn more about your pieces from vintage jewelry experts Linda Lee and Dale Cripps on Sunday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. They will be giving free jewelry IDs and informal appraisals during the Hawaii All-Collectors Show.  Find them in Booth 223. (Limit is five pieces.)

See the seahorse frolicking among the flowers?

Ming’s was started by artist Wook Moon in 1940, the year my parents were married, and over time the popular store became known as the”Tiffany of the Pacific.” The company eventually expanded to San Francisco, New York City and other mainland cities. The last Ming’s store, located on Fort Street Mall, closed in October, 1999.

A classic Ming’s Chrysanthemum set.

The Ming’s pieces were crafted from gold, sterling silver, jade, pearls and ivory. They have become treasured collectors items.

Linda Lee has been collecting Ming’s jewelry since the 1980s. After 40 years of collecting, this will be her last event for displaying, identifying and informally appraising the iconic jewelry. So if you think you got Ming’s, this would be an ideal time to find out.

The Hawaii All-Collectors Show will be Sunday, July 14

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General admission: $5

Children 7 – 11: $2

Early entry is at 9:30 a.m. and costs $20

Paula Rath






July 10th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Paula and Jerry decide how to pair paintings on a panel.

It’s easy to imagine that art shows simply, well, HAPPEN.

The artist paints a painting or prints a print or puts a watercolor wash on a sketch and – poof! – it appears on a wall in a show or gallery.

Ummm, not exactly. A lot of thought, planning and labor go into the preparation of a show of any kind.

Jerry and I volunteered to help hang the Hawaii Watercolor Society’s show, “Experimentation,” at Honolulu Hale today. It’s sponsored by MOCA, the Mayor’s Office on Cultural and the Arts, and HWS, the Hawaii Watercolor Society.

The premise is that watercolorists often choose to experiment with other media, from acrylics to prints to collage to ceramics to weaving. This show honors that little foray into the unusual.

This weaving and painting complement each other beautifully.

Hanging the work is the final stage of preparing a show, after the artists are invited, they enter their works, and the jury selects the pieces that will be included. (There are also lots of other details in between.)

The artists delivered their selected works this morning and Jerry and I were asked to “design” the show. (We have a little experience. Jerry has helped design several shows for HWS and I have designed a show in Pauahi Tower for the Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui.)

When designing a show, you have to consider quite a few factors:

  • How many pieces of art versus how many walls or panels on which to place them
  • What height is optimal for each painting
  • Which paintings pair well due to color, texture, size, shape, medium and style
  • How to best communicate with the viewer (this show wisely chose to ask the artist to write about their inspiration and materials)

We paired these two paintings due to their colors and complementary movement across the canvases.

Although it might seem more obvious to pair paintings that have a lot in common, such as medium, size, style and colors, most show designers agree that it makes for a much more interesting show when you mix it up as much as possible, pairing works that vary widely.

That’s Jerry’s dramatic acrylic abstract on the left, paired with a gentle floral watercolor.

We think this is a very interesting show, with a lot of creativity, variety and visual interest. We hope you will visit Honolulu Hale between now and August 31 to check it out.

Or better yet, please join us at the opening reception:

Thursday, July 11

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Honolulu Hale

We hope to see you there!

Paula Rath

The blues help tie these works together. The two mixed media pieces on the left are mine.




June 24th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Photo by NASA

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon?

It was one of those life-defining moments we all recall with awe.

For me, it was an event that literally changed the trajectory of my career.

I watched the amazing moment in the CBS Hong Kong Bureau, accompanied by my first boss, Bernard Kalb, CBS News Foreign Correspondent and Chief of the Hong Kong Bureau.

Bernard Kalb

Prior to that walk on the moon. my job consisted of being Mr. Kalb’s sort of Girl Friday, a job title thankfully lost today. I arranged all the hotel stays for correspondents going to and from Vietnam. I did the bookkeeping. I arranged interviews, events and dinners with visiting dignitaries such as playwright Arthur Miller. And, as was customary in those days, I sometimes baby sat the Kalbs’ three girls, bought cigars for Mr. Kalb and unwrapped his remarkable collection of blue-and-white porcelain as it arrived from various Asian cities.

Because this was Hong Kong’s first foray into satellite TV, our bureau, as well as those of NBC and ABC, now had satellite capability. I was immediately catapulted into responsibility for handling all the CBS news footage from Indochina and making sure it got processed, edited and “birded” or “Cronkited” (our terms for getting it into your living room) on time. The footage arrived from Saigon at 6:30 p.m. HK time and had to be in Cronkite’s newsroom by 6:30 p.m. NYC time. That’s just twelve hours to get it processed, edited and on “the bird.”  It was often a race to the finish line, taking the Star Ferry back and forth from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.

There are many, many anecdotes and a few horror stories that went with that job. It was a lot for a 22-year-old. But I could never have asked for a finer boss, and a finer man, than Bernad Kalb, to teach me what journalism can, and should be.

So….where were you during that historic event? I would love to hear from you.

Paula Rath

June 13th, 2019 / posted by paularath

My swimsuit, running away in the pool.  Photo by Jerry Mayfield

Whew! It has taken me several years, but I have finally found the perfect swimsuit to wear when I’m swimming laps.

I had a favorite swimsuit for several years; I bought three of them in succession and loved them until the company started having “my” suit made in China with inferior fabric and sewing.

Next I resorted to generic Tyr and Speedo suits, unexciting but serviceable.

Then along came this Reyn Spooner suit, and I love it!

At my age, I don’t have the courage to show a picture of myself in a swimsuit, so forgive the kinda strange photo above. The suit kept wanting to run away while Jerry and I were trying to photograph it. Not a great styling job and I apologize for that. Here’s what it looks like on a model.

The classic Lahaina print is smaller and runs diagonally to flatter the figure.                                                                                       Photo courtesy of Reyn Spooner

I heard about the suit when I interviewed Lynne Koplin, the CEO of Reyn Spooner. She knows her swimwear. Her mentor was Anne Cole and she worked for 15 years with the swim staple, Cole of California.

Lynne also started the women’s line for Tommy Bahama, was swimwear buyer for I. Magnin in San Francisco, as well as working for J. Crew, denim leader True Religion and that bastion of quality underwear, Marks & Spencer in London.

I loved the suit from the moment I put it on because it feels wonderful, both fabric- and fit-wise. It’s made of Italian circular knit, with 26 percent Lycra, giving it lots of control. It has a full lining and under bust support, ideal for someone like me who swims 40 laps. It is made in China, but Lynne has found a Chinese manufacturer that makes French lingerie and understands the importance of not cutting corners when it comes to construction.

I’ve been wearing my suit for several months now, and it has not sagged one little bit and there has been no fading whatsoever. I never feel like I have to tug at it or do any “rearranging” throughout my swim. It’s simply the perfect suit for me.

In addition to the high neck suit, there is a really pretty v-neck that I love, but it’s just a tad too sexy for my purposes. And of course there are three classic bikini styles: halter, triangle and hipster. Sizes are 4 to 14.

This suit is part of a Limited Edition Women’s Collection, so if you want one, go now to your nearest Reyn Spooner store. Or, if you know your size, you can order online.

Paula Rath