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Meleho'ala Kahananui wears a Kuilehua Dress from Sig Zane Designs 2008 Wailani Collection and 'ama'u ferns in her hair.
Zane/Tiffany fashion show to offer Oahu encore
The Superferry fiasco has brought focus on the competitive spirit of residents of the main Hawaiian islands, often marked by indignation of the sibling-rivalry sort. When news broke of an Aerosmith concert, for instance, many on Oahu whined, "How come they're playing Maui and not Oahu?"
And when Hawaii designer Sig Zane teamed up with Tiffany & Co. for the debut of his 2008 Wailani Collection in Waikoloa on the Big Island last month, Tiffany fans wondered, "Why there, why not on Oahu?"
Well, it looks as if fans of Zane and Tiffany will get what they want, when a free encore fashion show -- presented in the spirit of cooperation -- takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Outrigger Reef Hotel Diamond Room as part of Zane's 22nd-anniversary celebration. The event also marks the Moku O Keawe Festival 2007 season, to be highlighted by an international hula festival in November.
"The Waikoloa show was spectacular," said Mary Lou Foley, of Outrigger Beachfronts Division, which is helping present the show. "We said at the time it really needs to be here (on Oahu), so I'm happy that it's going to be staged here.
"It's been nuts but everything feels right. It's like a birthday celebration with everyone helping, everyone pulling together."
These would include everyone from airline partners to musicians and one of Zane's longtime friends, Taupouri Tangaro, who will re-create the hairscapes inspired by kuahu hula (traditional hula schooling) and Zane's Hawaii-centric designs.
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Haku Ho'opai has climbing pandanus woven into her hair.
THE "no runway" show will feature models on display, like pieces of artwork that audience members will be able to circle, scrutinizing dress and jewels for as long it takes them to absorb the details.
Tiffany created a limited-edition sterling silver lehua pendant (only 200 pieces were made), available for a donation of at least $1,000 to the Moku O Keawe Foundation.
Among the most dramatic aspects of the show, according to those who saw it on the Big Island, were the hairscapes.
According to Tangaro, assistant professor at Hawaii Community College's Hawaii Life Styles Program, the head is considered the most sacred part of an individual, comparable to an "altar upon which all life extends into the universe." The anchoring of botanicals onto the head reflects the symbiotic relationship of the individual and nature.
Cultural education and understanding is the focus of the Moku O Keawe Foundation's developing program. The nonprofit foundation is dedicated to the perpetuation of hula and related arts.