RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Rick Romer, set designer on the "Lost" series, holds a tree he's working on for Mistleto Magic, Ballet Hawaii's annual holiday fund raiser.
Mistletoe Magic has a touch of ‘Lost’
A set designer for ‘Lost’ contributes to the fund-raiser
Rick Romer spends countless hours designing sets for the television show "Lost." But recently he "found" some time to design a tree for Ballet Hawaii's Mistletoe Magic benefit.
A benefit for Ballet Hawaii
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20
Place: Jackie Takeshita's home, 619 Puuikena Drive, Hawaii Loa Ridge
Admission: $30, available at Ballet Hawaii
Romer's 3-foot tree is a part of a series that will be sold alongside trees decorated by fashion designer Anne Namba, interior designer Marion Philpotts Miller and artists Amerjit Ghag and Pegge Hopper.
He began with a more traditional theme that included teacups and nutcracker ornaments. "Since the tree absorbed all of the ornaments, I'll be heading over to FloraDec," he said. Most of the original ornaments were ordered from the Smithsonian.
Romer's passion for the holidays shone when he mentioned a recent Halloween gathering. "About 20-something people were carving pumpkins in my living room," he said. His love of holiday decorating has taken a back seat since "Lost," but the passion remains very much alive.
"I love the holidays," he said. "Christmas is my favorite, although that may seem cliché." In past years he has designed Christmas trees for the homes of Mary Cooke and Evan Dobelle. "I barely had time to get my own tree up."
Trees are not all the Mistletoe Magic affair offers. The holiday designer boutique features a myriad handcrafted and imported items, from an array of vendors: glitzy handbags from the Wright Collection, one-of-a-kind Santas from Ione Adam's collection, koa creations from Island Treasures, fashions from Anne Namba designs, Chinese antiques and jackets from Tradewind East, blown glass from artists Diane Kelly and Bruce Clark, and jewelry from the Meng Dynasty. A Ballet Boutique offers dance memorabilia and ornaments, and a Bali Boutique offers handcrafted gift items.
Jackie Takeshita, a Ballet Hawaii board member, opened her home on Hawaii Loa Ridge for this year's event. Darlene Ouchi of Coach and Patrick Lee from Macy's will dress it up for the holidays.
Ballet Hawaii's co-chair Vivien Stackpole added, "Our designer boutiques will feature gifts to satisfy your entire gift list."