Archive for the ‘Eco-style’ Category

Fleurings: Just add water

August 12th, 2011

Samantha Lockwood photos
Samantha Lockwood models her own Fleurings jewelry.

I had a nice interview with actress Samantha Lockwood, who’s set to star in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” film, and in a parallel life also designs Fleurings jewelry.

Initially starting with a pendant necklace in the shape of a vase designed to hold water for flowers, her line is perfect for Hawaii and is being carried at Riches Kahala. The line also includes earrings and is a hit with brides for destination weddings, in addition to those who simply love wearing flowers. I’m sure there are a few here!

It all started when she was waitressing and her grandmother, Betty King, told her she’d earn more in tips if she wore a flower in her hair. She tried it and said it turned out to be true. Fleurings was born as a way to keep her flowers fresh and in place throughout the day.

Here’s a link to the story, but our business model has evolved so you have to be a subscriber to read it: Flower power

Samantha’s grandmother Betty King gave her advice that eventually led to the launch of Fleurings.

Oil consumption isn’t pretty

May 13th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

A look at the Solar Lounge at Fishcake, at 307 Kamani St. in Kakaako.

The Blue Planet Foundation showed ways to live stylishly and sustainably at its Solar Lounge event at Fishcake on May 11.

The Watt Wheels solar-powered living room was lighted with luminaires and lamps designed by local artists Mark Chai, Keiko Hatano and Wendy Kim-Messier.

Blue Planet founder, chairman and visionary, Henk Rogers was there to evangelize for the cause. Many may be familiar with his name because he brought the video game Tetris to the United States game market almost two decades ago.

He said when he looked around the globe for a place where his foundation could make the most impact, he didn’t have to look farther than his home here in the islands, where energy is costly—financially and ecologically—because of the distance involved in importing fossil fuel. Yet, it is a relatively small place, with plentiful energy sources—whether solar, thermal, wind or ocean current—that could provide for all our needs.

He said that we have the technology and money to essentially go cold turkey on oil right now, but what is lacking is the willpower. The willpower seems to be increasing though, as I overhear many more people talking about electric car options because of the rising cost of gasoline. (If it gets people out of SUVs and idiotic monster trucks I’d be happy.) Guests couldn’t miss the big hint at the door, an electric Tesla parked at the entrance to the soiree!

The Blue Planet Foundation website offers tips on how you can avoid “energy vampires” at home and start conserving energy in ways that aren’t costly.

Man of the hour, Henk Rogers, with Blue Planet Foundation executive director Jeff Mikulina, and their message imploring others to “Be the Change.”