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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.

Holiday at Trump, Part II

December 10th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Haley Pancipanci, whose mother is stylist Crystal Pancipanci, was the youngest guest at a Sephora event and spa open house at the Spa at Trump Dec. 7. Both mother and daughter signed up for nail polish changes.

Sephora and the Spa at Trump teamed up for a holiday beauty event at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Dec. 7, with the offer of makeup touchups, nail polish changes, mini facials and quick shoulder massages.

I could probably use a masseuse working at my desk eight hours a day due to the occupational hazard of persistent typing fatique. I’m so used to my shoulders and that arm muscle near the elbow aching that I think that’s all that’s wrong, but principal massage therapist Christiane Coty’s strong hands told me otherwise. The pains go all the way down my spine, though the shoulder pains usually distract from them. Good to know.

In the manicure room, I was admiring the chocolate brown color stylist Crystal Pancipanci was getting, but guests were able to sign up for the mini services in advance, and all were booked.

In the makeup room, Stila makeup artist Starr Gentry was sharing the brand’s latest holiday products, including its fantastic Color Wheel eyeshadow palette with a pro artist lookbook showing the many looks that can be achieved with the $38 37-color palette. It includes a trio of rosy colors that can do double-duty on cheeks.

Many of us were drawn to tubes of glitter eye liner, available in multiple colors, which Sephora staffers used to apply sparkling cat eyes, perfect for the party season ahead!

Stila makeup artist Starr Gentry was helping Sephora with makeup application. She’s sharing some of Stila’s new holiday products with Helena Barahal, whose daughter Olivia is in the background.

Starr was showing Stila’s new holiday Color Wheel Eyeshadow Palette that measures about 8-by-8 inches). Thirty-seven wet/dry colors for $38. With rosy colors that can also double as cheek color, it may be the only palette you’ll need for a long time. It comes with a booklet of eye looks created by Stila’s makeup artists, using every color.

Faye Ross, of Stella Honolulu, showed me her four-ways earrings. You can see how the entire earring at upper left, breaks down into the three other pieces shown. It’s one way to get four looks out of one approximately $58 pair of earrings. To date, the Spa at Trump is the only place that carries them, and she said they’ll be available in Monterey, Calif., before they hit the mainstream in Hawaii. The piece at the far right is an add-on accessory.

Tiare Thomas, left, with Tiffany Below.

Guests Tiana and Nobuhide Torii.

Party guests in red and black, from left, Reine Ah Moo, Anya Rozova and Kyle Kagamida.