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Pop Iroiro’s got ‘Soul Surfer’

April 14th, 2011

The latest issue of Rae Huo and Zakkamono’s online magazine Pop Iroiro is out, featuring Rae’s fashion pictorial with actor Cody Gomes, who co-stars in “Soul Surfer,” about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton.

At the end of the “book,” you can go to Facebook to enter to win two prize packages (one men’s, one women’s) from Cody and Island Snow, which provided many of the garments and accessories in the fashion feature. The winner will be announced April 18.

You may have seen Hawaii’s Keke Lindgard

February 23rd, 2011

Photos courtesy Wilhelmina
Model Keke Lindgard, left, in a campaign for DKNY’s resort collection.

The Wilhelmina model search brought Roman Young back to town, and I got a chance to talk to the Iolani graduate about how he got his start in the biz and how he worked his way up to becoming Director of Scouting for the New York office.

My story will be in Thursday, Feb. 24′s, paper.

He also talks about model Keke Lindgard, who’s from Kaaawa, and who has taken the fashion world by storm, landing a spot on’s Top 10 Newcomers list in 2009, and going on to fulfill that destiny. She’s landed major campaigns with the likes of Gucci, Ralph Lauren and D&G, as well as walked runways as diverse as Rag & Bone, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior and Armani Privé.

Keke Lindgard for Gucci Eyewear.

Roman said that in spite of her success, few in Hawaii know her name because her work has been in New York and Europe. A lot of people from Hawaii do well abroad, without us necessarily knowing their names.

Keke in a Trussardi Jeans campaign.

That’s not only in fashion. Some of my favorite musicians have been from Hawaii, though few here have ever heard of The Dambuilders or … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead because they left and never looked back.

Granted, … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, now based in Austin, Texas, is not for everyone, but at this point the band is my absolute favorite. I was lucky to catch their one of their shows when I was in New York in 2009, because who knows when or if Conrad Keely will ever bring his band home to play. Like I said, the band is not exactly a household name here.

Here’s one of my videos from the show, but if you watch you have to stay til the end to get the full scope of the song: Be forwarned, they have two drummers so it’s gonna be loud.

Beyond music, Conrad is also a gifted artist who has been toiling in steampunk imagery long before he knew there was term for his futuristic and industrial, yet Victorian sensibility.

Here’s a link to a video of him talking about his art and his notion that hoop skirts are sexier than bikinis.

Conrad Keely’s comic book artwork coincides with the release of … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s new release “Tao of the Dead.”

Conrad Keely at the drawing table.