On The Scene
Mena Fashion Show at the O Lounge
MENA REACHES HAWAII:
Summer Vaimoana, third from left, and celebrity emcee Kale Chang welcomed the Loheni sisters -- Agnes, left, Gina, Charlene and Jackie -- Dec. 2 as the foursome introduced their MENA fashion line with a screening of "Samoan Wedding," followed by a fashion show at the O Lounge. Vaimoana's Soleil boutique in Kapahulu is the first in Hawaii to carry the sisters' internationally popular contemporary Polynesian fashions, and all four sisters were wearing MENA at the party. The movie ties in because MENA designs were worn by a character named Princess and also by the bride in the final scenes.
Cha Thompson, left, chatted with Donna Walden before the film's screening. Thompson was one of the celebrity models in the show. Walden supported the event by ordering several items.
Afatia Thompson, left, looked sharp in a MENA shirt as he talked with Aveda Ala Moana master stylist Ralph Malani and celebrity models Raiatea Helm and Pi'ialoha Gaison. Malani created elaborate hair-and-floral arrangements for all the female models and gave Helm a stunning high-fashion look. Thompson closed the party with selections from his Hoku Award-winning album "5:45."
Junior Mika, left, and "Lion King" cast member Clifton Oliver hung out with Starr Kalahiki, Elisa Dulce Mataele and Crystal Bell. The guys met when they were national semifinalists in "Making the Band" in 2000, and Oliver has been enjoying some time off in Honolulu. Mataele was one of the MENA models, Kalahiki sang with Afatia Thompson later in the evening and Bell is running for Miss Hawaii.
Kali'i Miller, left, caught up with Estelle and Michael Green. Miller was one of several men who modeled MENA's line of shirts. The Greens were there to cheer on three other models in the show: their daughter, Liana Green; their granddaughter Brittney Anelaikalani Jennings; and future son-in-law Matt Wright.