Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, April 6, 2001

KITV's Jill Kuramoto models a ready- for-closeup
ensemble she picked up from the Salvation Army.

Thrift chic takes
fashion runway


Jill Kuramoto of KITV isn't one for thrift store chic but she found "some very nice things" among the 5,000 garments and accessories being readied for sale at the 14th annual Celebrity Thrift Fashion Show and Fashion Boutique tomorrow.

Kuramoto got a sneak peak as one of the celebrity models who will be sporting new and slightly used merchandise donated to raise money for the Salvation Army. Much of the merchandise represent retail overstock and bear well-known labels such as Armani, Gucci, Versace, Fendi, Mamo, Anne Klein and Ann Taylor.

Items in the boutique include men's clothing as well, and are tagged at rock-bottom prices, from $3 for a shirt to about $25 for an entire outfit. The boutique will be open from 9:30 a.m., closing during the fashion show and luncheon and reopening at 1:30 p.m.

Kuramoto will model four ensembles that she picked out from the boutique. In the aloha wear category, she found a colorful tea-length muumuu; for sports wear, a tan-and-white pull-over shirt and skirt; for work, a red blazer with black shell and pants; for evening, a purple velvet gown.

The event is organized by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of Honolulu, and the money will benefit the auxiliary's charitable programs.


What: 14th Annual Celebrity Thrift Fashion Show and Fashion Boutique.
Where: Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii Ballroom
When: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow
Cost: $40 a person, $20 of which is tax deductible.
Betty Teruya or Jan Young, 988-2136


"Wailana the Waterbug" inspires a musical.
Auditions take place April 27 and 28.

'Dragonfly' auditions set

Auditions for "On Dragonfly Wings," the musical based on the book "Wailana the Waterbug," will take place 7 to 10 p.m. April 27 and noon to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Leeward Community College band room.

The story, written by Greg Barrett and Jane Hopkins, adapted by Lisa Matsumoto for stage, was inspired by Alana Dung, the 3-year-old whose battle with leukemia touched the hearts of people statewide. Dung passed away in 1997.

In the musical, wendy, a cheerful waterbug entertains the residents of Crystal Pond with her festive parades and performances, but she undergoes transformation that proves to be both a challenge and adventure.

Auditioners should bring a recent headshot and resume, and prepare one joke or short monologue and a song (one verse, one chorus) no longer than a minute.

Selections should demonstrate vocal ability, humor and character. A karaoke tape is preferred. If singing with piano accompaniment, provide sheet music in your key. For more information, call 'Ohi'a Productions at 486-4444.

Storytellers honor Pukui

The Bishop Museum presents "A Storytelling Festival in Honor of Mary Kawena Pukui" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21.

The festival celebrates the storyteller known for preserving Hawaii's oral history. Seven storytellers from Hawaii, Alaska and Salem, Mass., will bring words to life through colorful characters.

The daylong event will also feature storytelling stations for kids, Hawaiian language, puppetry and oral history researchers.

Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family of four. BMA members will be admitted free.

For more information, call 848-4160.

Just bead it!

The Bead Hui is staging the fifth annual Bead Ho'olaule'a from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at ward Centre.

In addition to an international array of beads and jewelry available for sale, there will be demonstrations of lampwork glass beadmaking, raku and polymer clay beadmaking, simple bead stringing, bead weaving and bead embroidery.

Admission is free. Call DACS beads at 842-7714 for details.

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