October 2nd, 2019 / posted by paularath

Sassy shorts set from the ’60s or ’70s?

The Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiian Show was given a treasure trove of ’60s and ’70s fashions from an anonymous Aunty. More than 200 garments! Look for them at tables 72, 73, 6 and 7 at the show on Sunday.

Sometimes a holoku is the perfect thing to wear.

These fashions of the times are the real deal. If you recognize any of the specific garments, or know the print or the designer, please let me know via comment or an email. It’s fun to share the stories behind your muumuu memories too.

This shift could go anywhere today. Great neckline!

Does this muumuu remind you of anyone?

Remember the show will also feature a rare and fabulous collection of Ming’s jewelry.

Classic Ming’s silver jewelry.

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiian Show

Sunday, October 6

Blaisdell Center Hawaii Suites

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!


Paula Rath

September 27th, 2019 / posted by paularath

I hope to see you tomorrow at one of my favorite fairs of the year, along with Nui Mono and Friends.

Leah Lee and I will be on the stage in Palolo to remind patrons of the importance of Palama Settlement in the life of our community. As Palama gears up for our 125th anniversary in 2021, we continue to provide a plethora of services for the folks in our neighborhood and beyond.

Did you know we have keiki classes in robotics and coding that draw enthusiastic crowds every class term? But there are Palama keiki who can’t afford the tuition. You can help!

And there are potential football players who sit on the sidelines because they are unable to afford the necessary equipment, as well as underprivileged seniors who want to learn to swim.

Come see us and we will find a way for you to kokua. Every single donation helps!

Did you know this is called the Rath Building, named after my grandfather, the founder of Palama Settlement?

Paula Rath

September 27th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Jerry was filmed in our living room with his 40 sketchbooks.

If you love the arts in Hawaii and haven’t yet discovered the new arts-related TV show, HI on Art, please check it out Saturday night, September 28,  at 11 p.m. on KWHE, Spectrum Channel 11. Or view it live online on the website at http://www.Hionart.com

Or you can do what we do and DVR it and watch it when we are awake!

It’s executive produced by Will Espero, a great friend to the arts and fashion in Hawaii.

Tomorrow night’s show will include Jerry and me talking about our art, our process and what sparks our passion. Please join us!

Paula Rath

September 25th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Wearable art by Lue Zimmelman of Nui Mono

When Lue Zimmelman of Nui Mono gathers her friends for the Fall Fair, it’s an occasion not to be missed.

These artists and crafters work all year to provide fresh new merchandise for their loyal clientele at this popular kick off to the craft season.

Deb Kaneshiro’s handmade earrings

This year there is some added fun on the stage. Our Palama Settlement seniors will be entertaining with a demonstration of line dancing. Join them on the stage if you dare!

I will also be there to help promote Palama’s outstanding programs. Please come say “hi” and catch up, okay?

We will be seeking donations for some of the unique needs of our programs. Would you like to buy a volleyball for one of our girls’ volleyball teams, or pay for a Palama Pakolea Football player to have a training table meal, or help pay for sets or costumes for our Palama Drama Club? Or perhaps you would rather donate a robotics kit so an underprivileged middle school kid from Mayor Wright Housing can build a robot? Come see me on the stage.

Kim Messier’s clothes are one-of-a-kind wearable art. You have to buy it when you see it, as she will be on to her next “thing” right away.

Here are the relevant details:


Saturday, September 28

8 a.m. to Noon

Palolo Hongwanji, 1641 Palolo Avenue

Sherrie Rupert creates contemporary accessories for women with style.

Paula Rath

September 21st, 2019 / posted by paularath

“Waimea: Breaking Big,” fiber art on gallery wrap canvas by Paula Rath

As you may have seen in various art shows around Honolulu, I have been doing fiber art canvases with indigo shibori and rust-dyed fabrics of my own creation for several years now. I call these works my “Sand and Sea Series.”

While these materials still make my heart sing, I have been wanting to branch out and use some new stuff to dye my fabrics. Next up: avocados.

We are fortunate to have an avocado tree in our back yard. Jerry planted it there about 25 years ago and it’s quite prolific. Unfortunately, the avocados this year are less than stellar. About two-thirds of the flesh is ok and edible, but the other one-third, nearest the stem, needs to be amputated. During these kitchen operations, I have become quite intrigued with all things avocado.

Then, a few Sundays ago, I read an article in the New York Times about using avocado pits for a dye bath. The story said the result is a range of pinks and reds. Who knew?

So I started collecting the pits and drying them out.

After a week or so, I put the pits in a my dye pot and added water. After boiling for a few minutes, I turned it down and let it steep until it looked like an appealing color. It took about 48 hours. (An added bonus: It doesn’t smell horrible, like so many natural dyes do.)

Avocado dye in process.

As I usually do with a new dye experiment, I began with silks. In my experience, cottons, linens and wool take dye nicely, but silk usually has the best results.

Left to right: silk organza, silk voile (maybe), silk charmeuse.

As you can see, each of the silks took the avocado dye differently. Very differently. Silk organza lapped it up and gave me an ethereal red. The so-called silk voile (from China, which, as we know, isn’t always entirely honest about what it’s selling) was unaffected by the dye, while the silk charmeuse transformed into a subtle and sophisticated pink.

So quite soon my “Sand and Sea” series is going to transform into something a bit more colorfully complex.

Thanks to my friend Linda Ryan, who goes shopping in Japan as if she was just popping into the neighborhood Target, I was able to get my hands on some kakishibu, a Japanese dye made from fermented persimmons. This will offer a new texture, as well and an intriguing palette of reddish browns.

If you would like to see some of my recent work, you can find some in Chinatown at the DAC (Downtown Art Center) Gallery in Chinatown Gateway (corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Hotel Street), on the ground floor. There is easy and inexpensive parking in the building

Paula Rath