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Holiday renewal at SpaHalekulani

December 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Yuko Whitney gets a hand massage from Terri Luong.

SpaHalekulani hosted a holiday open house, “Treasures…From Voyages Across the Sea,” on Dec. 8, allowing guests to view holiday treasures exclusive to the spa, as well as get on the track of renewal just as we’re in the midst of holiday fatigue of crowds, traffic and deadlines.

Guests could first enjoy hand massages with silky Waianuhea nail balms, while sitting back in the spa’s new spine-supporting zero-gravity chairs, then step out onto the lawn for the spa’s foot-pounding ritual, while sipping a refreshing detox blend of pineapple juice, ginger and mint.

The spa was sharing its exclusive, limited-edition gift items for the holidays, including two Kealopiko pareu, Hinu Jewelry braided silk necklace and $25 SpaHalekulani gift certificate packages for $115. A black wrap with a seashell design comes with a necklace that reads “Ola,” while another water-inspired design is paired with a necklace that reads “Wai.”

Also being offered are a Waianuhea shirt and product of choice for $55.

There was also a trunk show of designs by Hinu and Kealopiko, that guests could browse when taking a break from the mini international buffet set up by executive chef Vikram Garg and his crew. Guests could enjoy an array of sushi, Mediterranean selections, risotto with rock shrimp and ample dessert bar.

If you want to make a spa appointment, purchase a gift set or gift certificates, call 931-5322 or email

Polly Keyes-Tanabe gives a demonstration of the Waianuhea steam massage.

Guests could shop for jewelry by Hinu, including sunrise shell and puka shell bracelets.

SpaHalekulani director Lena Mossman shows one of two pareu created by Kealopiko, and braided silk necklace by Hinu, created exclusively for the spa as limited edition gift sets for the holidays. This seashell design comes with a disc-shaped necklace stamped with the word “Ola.”

The second blue Waianuhea design comes with a necklace stamped “Wai.” Both packages come with a $25 SpaHalekulani gift certificate, at $115 for the package.

Guests at the event included, from left, Paradisus Jewelry’s Akemi Ueda, Jamie Makasobe of Kealopiko and Leina Ley.

A full sushi bar was set up on the lawn.

Hummus in the foreground and baba ghanouj.

Gianduja financiers were among desserts that also included chocolate caramel walnut tarts and lemon meringue cones, below.

Hawaii in Brooklyn

July 14th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Home furnishings, clothing, jewelry and food fill the Brooklyn Flea.

Visited Brooklyn Flea on a very hot July 9, when, even with sunscreen I managed to get something I don’t usually get in Hawaii, sunburned—all those rays bouncing off concrete and asphalt!

It is quite a great market if you live there and can lug home interesting pieces of furniture and household goods. A lot of the clothing tends to be overpriced by Hawaii standards because that’s what this market will bear.

I mentioned before that this is a year for a Hawaiian renaissance in fashion, and I’m seeing bits of Hawaii wherever I go. There were dozens of aloha shirts selling for about $22 to $25 at Brooklyn Flea, and a University of Hawaii shirt selling for $45.

A Cooke Street shirt was one of many offered by a vendor at Brooklyn Flea.

The  flea market takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday at Fort Greene, through Nov. 19. There’s also a Williamsburg location, same hours Sundays at the East River Waterfront, which continues through Nov. 20. Food is a big part of the events and in late May was spun off into its own event, the Williamsburg Smorgasburg, every Saturday at the East River Waterfront.

There is another Artists & Fleas Market that takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, which, now that I’m looking at the map at 70 7th St., was only about two blocks away from the Williamsburg location. But on that hot day, I could barely read a map and didn’t feel compelled to walk around any more in the heat.

Brady & Kowalski offeres only vintage “writing machines” a k a typewriters, at Brooklyn Flea.

Guy on a street corner in Williamsburg.

Yesterday, I visited Opening Ceremony where Reyn Spooner shirts are selling for $130 to $150 (long sleeve), and aloha print shirt dresses are $275. They did some cute styling, pairing a yellow floral skirt with a navy-and-white French-style striped sailor shirt.

Opening Ceremony photos

At a SoHo boutique called Nypull, which carries garments and accessories from 150 up-and-coming designers around the world, I spotted several dresses by Roberta Oaks.