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POSTED: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Luncheon fundraiser tips its hat to moms

The Chinese Women's Club of Honolulu will present a fashion show by 2Couture as part of its annual scholarship-welfare benefit luncheon Saturday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Monarch Room.

“;Hats Off to Milady,”; a Mother's Day tribute, will feature designs by 2Couture's Eric Chandler and Takeo, as well as Katrina Bodnyk, Estelle Green and designers from Honolulu Community College's Fashion Technology Department.

Special guest models will include KITV's Pamela Young and Mahealani Richardson, 2009 Mrs. Hawaii Liana Wright, Kitty Sullivan Wo, 2010 Miss Hawaii Teen USA Julianne Chu, Dr. Angela Pratt and 2009 Hawaii's Most Beautiful Man Connor Coffin.

There will be a country store and silent auction starting at 9:30 a.m., with lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $60 per person. Call Violet Tam at 737-9046.


Ballet Hawaii benefit brings in $19,000

The recent Anne Namba “;Fashion In Motion”; benefit fashion show and brunch at the Halekulani netted $19,000 for Ballet Hawaii. The event featured a new collection by Namba inspired by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The collection will make its official debut tonight at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.

Proceeds will go toward promoting such Ballet Hawaii programs as the annual holiday “;Nutcracker”; ballet, dance concerts with noted performers and dance companies, year-round training for students, summer intensive sessions and community outreach programs.





        KGMB/CBS airs “;Princess Kaiulani: The Story Behind the Film”; at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show explores the making of the feature film ”;Princess Kaiulani.”;

        “;Think I Need It Too”; by Echo & the Bunnymen (


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        The Sounds of Aloha Chorus presents “;An American Musical Adventure (on a Dark and Stormy Night)”;, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii Theatre. Tickets are $15, $22 and $30. Call 528-0506 or visit






Second Jewel Flair opens at Ward

Just in time for Mother's Day, Valerie Yamashita has opened a second Jewel Flair at Ward Centre, where she can occasionally be seen working side by side with her mother, Laraine Tanabe.

While Yamashita considers her Ala Moana Jewel Flair to be her serious business, she said at her Ward Centre grand opening Sunday, “;This is my fun store, where I get to play, experiment with new lines and introduce new designers.”;

Just as at the original boutique, she is continuing to feature local designers like Kimberly Le and Fran Takemoto, as well as the popular Pandora line of customizable charm jewelry from Denmark, and similar in concept, the Tipit by Ehinger-Schwarz line of rings and wire necklaces with interchangeable beads that can switched out to suit your mood and wardrobe from day to day.

The new store is near Mocha Java Cafe. Call 593-1800.

Brighton, at Ala Moana Center, also has specialty pieces of jewelry for mom, all priced at less than $50. The necklace pictured here is $42. Look for the shop in the Nordstrom wing. Call 983-3360.


Treat mom to macaroons

If you're looking for a sweet treat for mom, think outside the chocolate box and tempt her with a gift of macaroons from The Pacific Place Tea Garden, on the third level at Ala Moana Center.

The airy, ground almond delicacies are sandwiched around luscious guava, green tea and chocolate centers, priced individually at $1.75 each and packaged for you in a gift box with ribbon.



New tokidoki cosmetics charm

Face it, you probably fell in love with the free gift concept when you found your first toy surprise in a box of Cracker Jack or cereal. Now that we're adults, we still love surprises, but they are few and far between.

But tokidoki creator Simone Legno, who often admits to being a kid at heart, brings playfulness to the serious business of women's makeup with his new line of tokidoki cosmetics.

His Cromatico limited-edition eyeshadow palettes, now available at Sephora, feature colors inspired by classic tokidoki characters such as deathly Adios, cacti-costumed pup Bastardino, dazzling Diamante, with shimmering lilac, dark wine and vibrant purple hues.

Each palette is $25, and features four high-pigment shades plus a collectible charm based on the characters.