Honolulu Night Market – Rogue Christmas

Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market saw a big turnout from the beginning, and it didn’t die down until the very end. People were definitely taking care of their Christmas shopping and satisfying their holiday sweet tooth.

New clothing vendor ManaOla Hawaii, with its unique Hawaiian geometric print Dri-FIT tanks and men’s underwear, had a steady crowd throughout the evening, while The Sugar Hut food truck showcased macarons in such flavors as Oreo, salted caramel, Rice Krispies, Fruity Pebbles and cookie butter. Back by popular demand was the Pig & the Lady pop-up featuring Mama Le’s seven-course beef dinner.

The runway show showcased San Lorenzo swimsuits in December – lucky we live Hawaii! The 2015 La Boheme collection featured caged thong briefs and edgy multiple strap tops. Stand-out prints included Mosaic Stone, Tiger Lily, Santorini and Moroccan Dusk. The evening ended strong with musical performances by Random Wierdos followed by The Originalites.

Honolulu Night + Market: Rogue Christmas

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Honolulu Night + Market: Rogue Christmas

Photos by Tracy Chan

San Lorenzo - 2015 La Boheme collection

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Photos by Eric Baranda

Letters to Santa make wishes come true

Damon1Macy’s and Make-A-Wish are celebrating the seventh year of the Believe campaign. Up to Dec. 24, people of all ages can bring their letters addressed to “Santa at The North Pole,” and drop it into the special letterboxes inside Macy’s. (You can also create and send a letter online at macys.com/believe.) For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000.


Damon’s Wish
Damon3“There’s no crying in Macy’s!” That thought rang through my mind last Friday, while being among hundreds of onlookers who saw Make-A-Wish and Macy’s grant the wish of a young man named Damon at Ala Moana Center, as part of the Believe campaign.

Damon is from Kaneohe, and he struggles daily with progressive muscular dystrophy, a medical condition that made him eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish Hawaii. He wished for a beach-accessible wheelchair, one that “looked cool” in true teenager form, but mostly, he wanted the ability to roll across the sand with more ease, something he couldn’t do with his standard chair.

Damon2Damon’s wish that unfolded was among 50 wishes granted nationwide that day. A fun fact I learned from Jenna Blakely of Make-A-Wish Hawaii was that of those 50 wishes, 12 Wish Kids learned that their wishes to come to Hawaii are coming true. She also told me about recent wishes granted for other teens and children from Hawaii. Seriously, this is what the holidays are all about, take a look:


Tiare8-648x444On Thanksgiving Day, Kailua teen Tiare, 16, battling chronic kidney disease, got to cheer on game day with the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders.

Christian5-648x444On Hawaii Island, Make-A-Wish Hawaii recently handed over the keys to teen Christian’s dream off-road Polaris vehicle. Christian, 17, battles a chronic kidney condition.

Sharai-648x444Sharai, 14, of Keaau, who’s battling Hodgkins Lymphoma, recently returned from her Wish Trip to Australia, where she got to do an Animal Encounter.

So this holiday season, slow down and take a moment to write a letter to Santa, your wish will help to make wishes come true.



Emma Wo’s Top 5 holiday indulgences

DSC02382It may be hard to imagine, but Emma Wo, one of the island’s top runway models and the new Miss Hawaii USA 2015, has a raging sweet tooth. The self-proclaimed foodie says despite the perception that models are obsessed with staying thin, she’s all for enjoying life and indulging during the holidays.

It’s really all about balance for the 24-year-old PR exec, who will represent Hawaii at the next Miss USA pageant. Working out is part of her lifestyle, but so is eating what she likes, especially at this time of the year. “There’s so much to love about the holiday season – getting to break out your most festive party dresses, lively holiday parties, and most importantly, eating great food,” she says.

Here are Wo’s Top 5 guilty holiday indulgences in her own words:

No 5: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's peppermint mocha

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In my opinion, the holidays haven’t officially started until my favorite seasonal drinks hit the menu at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. My favorite has to be the peppermint mocha, which perfectly feeds both my sweet tooth and coffee addiction. Honorable mention goes to the red velvet cocoa, a great caffeine-free option.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Various locations, coffeebean.com

Personal snaps of Emma with her family, on the runway and from the Miss Hawaii USA pageant:

Emma moments

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Emma and her sister, Liza.

In case you missed it, here’s my post on Wo winning the Miss Hawaii USA crown.

Teano‬‬ launches new line of graphic tanks

IMG_0074Hawaii-born international model Rhonee Rojas debuted his new line of graphic men’s and women’s tanks at a private soiree Sunday in the Ocean Terrance Room at the Hokua building. Media, buyers and industry peers were among the crowd who got to see the 18 different designs of limited-edition graphic tanks featured in the spring/summer 2015 vintage paradise collection.

The designs are unique, infused with vintage hula girl images with a 1950s pin-up girl vibe, paired modern vibrant graphics to give it an updated feel. Speaking of feel, the tanks are super soft, but the quality of the material holds it shape well. Rojas named his new endeavor after his late maternal grandmother, Maria Teano Dugay. The designs will be available for purchase online on Dec. 12, at www.teanodesign.com.

Teano launch party

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- Photos by Eric Baranda

Hawaii’s first cycle track opens

Photo by Intan Clement of Hawaii Bicycling League.

Photo by Intan Clement of Hawaii Bicycling League.

Hundreds of bike enthusiasts celebrated a historic milestone — the opening of Hawaii’s first cycle track — on Saturday at Thomas Square Park. These protected bike lanes are physically separated from traffic, providing safe bike ways and ultimately encouraging a healthy lifestyle and clean mode of transportation. Starting from the corner of Ward Avenue and King Street, Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell lead a throng of bicyclers on an inaugural cycle track bike ride.

Pedal powered music. Photo by Amanda Stevens.

Pedal-powered music. Photo by Amanda Stevens.

Hawaii Bicycle League hosted the event with music, food and activity booths. It was so cool to see pedal-powered energy feeding the sound system for music by Justin Ancheta, Heather Normandale, Maren Metke and Honey of the Heart. (Pedal power is the transfer of energy from a human source through the use of a foot pedal and crank system — technology that’s been around for hundreds of years.)

It seriously is a great time to be a bicyclist in Honolulu, and hopefully this cycle track, touted as a pilot program, will prove to be a success and lead to more throughout the state.

Photo by Amanda Stevens.

Photo by Amanda Stevens.

Here are a few rules for the cycle track:

• The cycle track is for bicyclists only; no mopeds, no jogging; no segways; no skateboarding.

• Pedestrians should not walk or stand on the cycle track. You may walk across the cycle track if you are accessing a parked car.

• Drivers should not drive in the cycle track. Park only in designated spaces outside of the cycle track. When turning, yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. Signal your intentions. No loading or unloading in the cycle track.

• Bicyclists should proceed with caution in conflict zones. Pass slower bicyclists on the left after giving an audible signal. Make sure your bike has proper safety equipment, including lights, if riding at night.

For more information visit honolulu.gov/bicycle.