Party pics: Lux at the Trump White Casino Royale

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Friday night’s Lux at the Trump White Casino Royale party celebrated the 50th birthday of event host extraordinaire Paul Klink. Attendees dressed in their hottest white ensembles and had a chance to beat the heat on the open deck overlooking Waikiki. But the evening was even more meaningful because a portion of the proceeds will go towards Christa Wittmier’s cancer treatment expenses. Wittmier, aka Super CW, is a friend and colleague to many in the Honolulu entertainment and nightlife scene, and good number of people came to support her.

Lani Lau designs, with the Bali meets Hawaiian tropical flare, was the featured collection. Also showcased, stunning swimwear from Lilikoi Boutique including pieces from Pualani Hawaii, L Space and Seafolly. I loved the cohesive tone of vibrant rainbow, tie dye and abstract retro prints in all of the collections The styling by Michelle Smith and Matt Fischer brought the collections from beach chic to très chic.

Here’s a look at our favorite fashion moments and party pics:

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Goodwill Goes Glam and royal

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Goodwill Hawaii has produced a mega runway show for the past four years, and Thursday’s Goodwill Goes Glam fashion show at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall was the biggest one to date.

The Royal Fashion Show, produced by Kini Zamora and styled by Therese Wahl, included eight collections with regal themes; Day at the Office, Black and White Street Chic, Boho Garden Party, Tea Party, World Traveler, Party Like it’s 1999, Belle of the Ball and Wedding Bliss.

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Wahl’s execution was on point, especially her styling of opulent wedding dresses accessorized by her handmade embellishments on head pieces and jewels. The models truly brought the show to life, taking on subtle vibe changes to complement the various collections, to music by deejay Romeo Valentine.

Frolic’s Melissa Chang asked me to style her for the event, and I chose this elegant Anne Namba black jacket with shiny embroidered elements and a leather natural shade Coach bag. While searching for Melissa’s perfect outfit, I had an exclusive sneak peek of the sales floor. I found a good amount of high-end name brands such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dooney and Bourke and more.

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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the sold-out VIP fashion show and pre-sale, you still can get your glam on. The best treasures of Goodwill have been converged into a giant weekend pop-up, thru Sunday at Blaisdell. The entire event week is presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation with proceedings supporting Goodwill’s job placement and job training programs.

Here’s a look at the Royal Fashion Show:

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Photos by Eric Baranda

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Photos by Eric Baranda

Goodwill Goes GLAM! Sales Days
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $2 Pre-sale at Goodwill Stores on Oahu
$4 at the Blaisdell box office
Parking: Free at McKinley High School
$6 at the Blaisdell

‘The Gallows’ hangs in there

Gallows imageIn the first few minutes of the “The Gallows” I thought, “Oh no, not another movie filmed entirely on a hand-held camera.” But as the story unfolded, I got hooked. Blumhouse Productions brought “old school” back with this flick, just as they did with the first “Paranormal Activity,” allowing the audience to get to know the characters before the horror begins.

Twenty years after a horrific set malfunction during a small town school play, an ambitious yet superstitious high school drama class attempts to resurrect the production to honor the anniversary of the tragedy, sans the accidental hanging. The characters are your typical high school formulaic quadrant – the jerk Ryan (Ryan Shoos) convinces his hot blonde girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) and his athletic, handsome-with-a-heart friend Reese (Reese Mishler) to break into the high school auditorium on the eve of the debut to destroy the set. They’re caught by the good girl/sweet brunette Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown).

Once the four characters are locked in the school by a malevolent force, things get really good. The dark corridors, moving shadows in the corners of the screen, loud and sudden blasts, all crescendo into well-executed executions.

The special effects are subtle and not over the top, which kept me at the edge of my seat. The lighting was also excellent, especially the red light effect of the Emergency light as Cassidy is crying alone in a room, or is she alone? The 21-year-old actress actually stole the show with this intense crying scene. Who would have thought that the daughter of T.V. host Kathie Lee Gifford and former football star Frank Gifford could get that dark and twisty.

Oh, and there’s a surprise ending that I really didn’t see coming. “The Gallows” opens today, I won’t leave you hanging, except to say it’s worth the ticket price.

Fond memories of Kenny’s Restaurant

My grandfather, who lived off of School and Kino streets, was a regular at Kenny’s Restaurant. Even after he was unable to drive, he’d walk to St. Theresa church three times a week, and on the way back home, he’d stop here for a bite to eat. I have fond memories of going to Kenny’s with him to enjoy a club sandwich or saimin, while talking about photography and hearing his memories at Pearl Harbor.

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Me and my Grandpa Carvalho.

Now, my dad, son and uncle Bobby Stevens, who are also loyal patrons, are wondering where we’ll be going. The beloved Kalihi coffee shop closed on Sunday, July 5, after serving breakfast and local-style comfort food at Kamehameha Shopping Center for nearly 50 years. (The last day for the Waikiki location was July 4.)

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Owner John Fujieki and my dad, Ned Stevens, Jr.

I stopped by Kenny’s one last time. The mood was bittersweet. “People have been flying in from the neighbor islands to visit us,” owner John Fujieki said. “They’ve even come in from the West Coast and as far as Nebraska, timing their vacations to eat at Kenny’s one last time.”

Fujieki cited his fragile health as being the catalyst for the decision. “Earlier this year I suffered from a stroke,” he said. “I thought I was getting better, then I had vertigo. I did a lot of soul searching, and then decided I was going to close the restaurants. As soon as I came to that decision, the vertigo stopped, so I took that as a sign from the Lord, that it was time to cool it.”

He said since that announcement, there’s been an outpouring of sentiment, particularly from the older generation who even have memories of the original spot, the Burger House, from more than 50 year ago. “Others tell me about their Farrington High School alumni meetings, coming to eat after championship games, how three generations of family members would gather here. So many stories, so many memories. I’m so thankful to each and every one of our customers… I can tell you this, the staff, the customers, will always mean so much to me.”

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Kenny’s Restaurant commemorative aloha shirt purchased by two loyal customers.

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Lines of customers happy to eat at Kenny’s Restaurant in Kalihi – one more time.

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Did this: Hidesigncommune

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At Saturday’s inaugural Hidesigncommune marketplace at Kaka‘ako Agora, emerging and established Hawaii designers showcased their collections on hanging racks, industrial displays and in the fashion showcase. Event director Reise Kochi styled the fashion show and brought his edgy flavor and keen eye for design into each ensemble. The vibe was part pop-up shop, part cocktail party with Ocean Organic Vodka in the house.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite fashion show and party moments:

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Andy South kimono, Issa de mar rash guard and Reise Kochi leather carrier. Photo by Amanda Stevens.

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Photo by Tracy Chan