Hawaiian designer makes history with Europe fashion tour

 Hawaiian designer makes history with Europe fashion tour


HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawai’i continues to make history through fashion.

Last year, it was the New York Fashion Show where Dezigns by Kamohoalii and other designers announced their presence.

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But this year, it’s about Kamohoalii’s Dezigns being invited to not just one, but three of the best fashion shows in the world including London, Milan and Paris.

To find out more, we’re here with designer Micah Kamohoalii of Dezigns by Kamohoalii.

Tell us a little bit about this trip, this tour that you will be doing next month for the whole month of September.

“We’re going across the pond, as they say, in London, Milan and Paris and we’re taking a shine to the models from home,” said Kamohoalii.

Kamohoalii continues, “Each runway for us has a different theme. We showcase Hawaiian arts at their best: feathers in our first show, capes, as well as weaving in our last show.

I like the fact though, talking to you before, that you put on concerts in each of these locations but it’s really the stories that you share in these concerts.

Tell us a little about it story.

“In addition to fashion, we host our concert series,” Kamohoalii said.

“It was called The Pearl taken from a song from Kalakaua traveling the world. Let’s tell the story of our homeland. I am from Waimea on the island of Hawaii and many of our families have English ancestors. So, we retrace their steps as well as the steps of our monarchs, Queen Liliuokalani and King Kalakaua, and we tell the stories and songs written about London,” Kamohoalii said.

“And then we went to Milan and did the same with stories and songs in Italy, and finally in Paris too. So, three different concerts and our series is called The Pearl,” explained Kamohoalii.

That’s amazing and the fact that you found an opportunity through fashion to tell these stories is great so thank you for that.

But I have to say that I believe it takes a lot of work and that you need a lot of help to put it together.

How can we help you?

“We have a GoFundMe. This is it. There are about 35 of us going,” Kamohoalii said.

“My cousin Amy Hanaialii sings in these concerts as well as Kainani Kahaunaele, another cousin of mine, Jeff Peterson. My halau will also perform in these concerts as well as some of them will be models. And then our models, so it’s a whole team,” Kamohoalii said.

Ok, well that being said, I’m just assuming, I mean I am wearing your clothes already and you are looking for a model maybe in the future.

So, I think I want to practice how to be a model so I can travel with you to London and all these wonderful places.

So, teach me how to be Dezigns in Kamohoalii model.

“One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that we tend to hunch over,” Kamohoalii said.

“And so, we came up with this method where we take some household items because we come from the homestead, that’s what we do. But a broom, let’s put it in the back like this, and what it does is it kind of pulls your shoulders back and it brings it down and then we’re going to walk this way because it forces them to raise the body, “explained. Kamohoalii.

I can do that.

So, this is the deal then.

I will do that and then you will comment like a fashion show commentator.

I will try my best.

Hitting the runway today, Kamaka Pili, here at Dezigns by Kamohoalii in Pearlridge.

Modeling his Hinaikamalama print.

I think I have a new job.

Once again, Kamohoalii’s Dezigns will leave for this tour this Wednesday, Sept.

You have the opportunity to, if you are here on Oahu, two new storefront locations that they are still in a soft opening phase here at Pearlridge Mauka and also Windward Mall.

For more information about Dezigns by Kamohoalii, click here.

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To learn more about their GoFundMe, click here.



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