Archive for May, 2010

Mysteries solved at Fishcake

May 29th, 2010

There was plenty of mystery when Fishcake hosted its Mystery May Madness benefit for The Contemporary Museum May 27.

At the heart of the event were 50 mystery grab bags selling for $50 per bag, each featuring artwork by one of 50 artists who participated in the event, with the list reading like a who’s who of contemporary Hawaii artists, among them Mark Chai, Keiko Hatano, Alan Leitner, Cade Roster, Lawrence Seward, Jason Teraoka, Pegge Hopper, John Tanji Koga, Deb Nehmad, Satoru Abe, Mary Mitsuda, and on and on.

To keep things comfy within the furniture gallery, attendance was limited to 200 people, and even at that relatively small number, those who needed time to get your bearings, pick up a drink and start chatting with people, found all the bags gone within 30 minutes. Some attendees had scooped up four at once. Maybe next year it’ll have to be 100 artists at $100.

Nadine Kam photos
Art-filled mystery bags were marked only by a number, one through 50.

The pieces of art were masked by brown shopping bags hanging on walls and dangling from the ceiling. Those who purchased them picked the one they wanted, to be cut down by one of two Bens—one being TV news guy and the event’s ringmaster Ben Guiterrez—integral to the proceedings.

Otherwise, there was a wonderful Mediterranean spread, food, cocktails and wine provided by The Contemporary Café, Ka Restaurant, and Swam, and mini pop-up stores featuring items by P55dle, Soo Zou, Unleash Studios, Sandoaloha, and Premadonna.

There were also lines for psychic readings for those trying to make sense of this wacky Tiger year.

From left, Unleash Studio artist Melissa Rivera, Brooke Berrington, John Tanji Koga and Fishcake’s Betty Lee Kurihara. Kea is her dog.

The tow Bens —Guiterrez and Moffat—towered over everyone in stilts.

Fashionistas in black, from left, Melanie Kosaka, Lianne Bidal Thompson and fashion show/event producer Lynne O’Neill, in town from New York, where she produces New York Fashion Week shows and many other events. What gives? I was wearing black, too. There was a whole lot of black and white dressing overall. I guess everyone really is going back to basics.

Jill Braden, right, with artist Jodi Endicott, who was contributor to the mystery bags. Jodi showed her support for TCM by purchasing a bag as well. She received this drawing by Mari Kuromachi. After this photo was taken, she happily discovered Kuromachi had included a second related drawing. In another example of artists supporting other artists, Mark Chai sported one of Melissa Rivera’s T-shirt designs.

Lianne’s bag contained this metal piece by Tae Kitakata, reading, “If I have to explain you’ll never understand,” which probably represents the sentiment of every artist.

With the help of John Koga and some food, Kea, who nimbly ambled through the crowd without getting toes or tail accidentally stomped on, sits still for a moment.

As soon as I arrived I spotted this amazing light table/lamp/storage unit, and later, when artist Melissa Rivera was showing me her pop-up shop, there was another related piece. I put two and two together and was thrilled to know she created this piece. She is so amazing you’ll be hearing more about her soon!

Another sale weekend

May 28th, 2010

Stuart Weitzman photo

The Stuart Weitzman Ala Moana store will be closing in June, so its current sale is its last. Stock up while you can, with discounts of 30 percent off your first item, 40 percent off your second item and 50 percent off your third and additional items from selected styles. The highest-priced item will pair with the higher discount.

Other Memorial Day sales that didn’t make it in time to appear in the paper:

The Butik: 20 percent discount storewide May 28 to 31. The boutique is at 1067 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite A-3.

Eden in Love: $20, $25 and $30 racks May 28 to 31 at the boutique at The Wedding Cafe, Ward Warehouse.

Fighting Eel: Memorial Day sale May 28,29, 30 and June 1 at their Chinatown headquarters at 47 N. Hotel. St., second floor, for 20 percent off ayour entire purchase, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you can’t make it down, shop online at from now until midnight , May 31, and get 20 percent off your entire online order!. Use coupon code PERFECTSUMMER. Cannot be combined with other discounts or applied to prior purchases. All sales final. For more information, email or call 524-1472

Split Obsession photo

Split Obsession: Summer sale on clothing, accessories and toys. Save 10 percent on your first item, 15 percent off your second, and 20 percent off your third, with largest discount taken off the highest-priced item. Good for first three items only, and excluding art purchases. At both SO locations at Ala Moana Center (951-8480) and Koko Marina Shopping Center (395-3380), May 28 to 31.

Vintage Rose 2010 Show: Shop for shabby chic furnishings, Victorian and mid-century modern furniture and decor, vintage linen,jewelry and English teacups May 29 at Waioli Tea Room, 2950 Manoa Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other sales begin June 3 or later:

Macy’s: Fne jewelry sale runs June 3 tto 6, with all fine jewelry (excludes clearance merchandise) priced at 30 to 50 percent off, plus take an extra 15 percent off select pieces.

Max & Co.: The Ala Moana Center boutique, outside the Nordstrom wing, is offering 30 percent off select styles beginning June 3.

Neiman Marcus: Women’s Designer Sale runs June 3 to 9, in store and online, with savings of as much as 40 perent off designer sportswear, couture apparel, eveningwear, dress collections and intimate apparel. Also as much as 50 percent off career and contemporary sportswear, and 33 percent off shoes, fashion accessories and handbags.Coincides with the Men’s Sale with as much as 33 percent off suits, sportswear, spport coats, trousers, dress shirts, neckwear, shoes and accessories.

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