SuperCity: From vamping to vampires

Oct. 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser

October is in full swing and there is no shortage of events this month, but the first Hawai‘i Fashion Month also brings a slew of beauty to our lives.

163I can’t even articulate how impressive HFM is and what an impact it has had in our fashion industry. Walking into the huge “OUTFIT” space they built out at Ward Centers’ TJ Maxx building last week for the opening was extraordinary, to say the least. I was floored.

Everything from the range of events, to the many retailers and designers showcased, to the graphic design — it was all so on point; they have taken the fashion industry in Hawaii leaps and bounds beyond the next level.

The incredibly talented team at the Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi) has envisioned this for years. I know, I used to be one of their volunteers, sitting on co-founder Toby Portner’s living room floor with a room full of hope and ideas.

A trip to Hong Kong shifted my passion and spare time over to POW! WOW! Hawaii, but Hifi’s efforts have always held a special place in my heart. Their team of dedicated volunteers has worked diligently and they made it happen. Being able to see inside their brains via Hawai’i Fashion Month is a special treat for us all.

Hifi, circa 2008 at co-founder Toby Portner’s house. (Courtesy Christa Wittmier)

Make sure to check both the Hifi site and the Pulse for continuing coverage and information about upcoming events.

THIS WEEK in pageantry will have more than just the Miss Hawaii as an option, as DJ Nocturna and Lana Saldania bring their fourth Miss Vamp Hawaii Pageant to the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 10.

You might have already seen the companion reality show on KFVE on Saturday nights; if not, you can watch them online. The 17 hopefuls represent all ethnicities, body types and ages, and promote the idea that a woman’s grace “never dies.”

Highlighting their timeless gifts and sexuality, the contestants will take the stage to showcase their artistic, more theatrical sides. In addition to aerial performances and pole dancing, contestants will compete in a “Moon Bathing” category. Comparable to a swimsuit competition, they will model lingerie under a mystic full moon, emphasizing the true beauty in a woman that comes from within.

The lovely Miss Vamp 2013 hopefuls will compete Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Hawaii Theatre. (Courtesy Tzana Saldania)

Pageant organizer DJ Nocturna has fueled my own personal thirst for new wave and industrial music with her long-running “Feast of Friends” show on KTUH, always taking time to say hello and offer her diffident smile. I always knew there was a lot more about her I didn’t know.

For example, I found out she has experience in pageants as a former recruiter for Miss World. I have to say I wasn’t surprised; the fact she strictly refuses to share her legal name or reveal what she does for a living during the day only makes me more curious. I guess it will remain a mystery.

For now, we can all sit back and enjoy the marvelous show she and Saldania put on every year, complete with all of the behind-the-scenes artistry and action via reality TV.
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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular “Bacardi Pool Party” on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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