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A star is born on Hoku night

May 29th, 2011

Whitby Bierwolf photo
Kiani Ventura-Tampos, left, and Mailani Makainai are in a silver Niho Mano Cuff and silver Kapa Cuffs from the Paradisus Sonny Ching Collection. Mailani also wears Kamapua’a Tusks with silver lashing, from the same collection.

No matter what the outcome of the Hoku Awards, Kiani Ventura-Tampos—nominated for Female Vocalist of the year and Reggae Album of the Year—was a winner before she set foot in the Hawai’i Convention Center Kalakaua Ballroom.

As a new artist from the Big Island, she said she doesn’t really wear make-up and “fashion isn’t at the top of my list due to not much fashion choices as the Hilo mall is limited.”

Even so, with all the stories I’ve written about Ralph Malani and the work he’s done with Polynesian models and artists like Raiatea Helm and Anuhea, she decided to contact him through Facebook to see if he could help her make a good impression on an audience of her peers in Honolulu, as well as a television audience.

Kiani before.

“After talking to him and mentioning how I love Rihanna, he said he was interested in helping me.”

For his part, Ralph said, “At first, wasn’t going to do it because I’m so busy.”

But then he had a change of heart because he was already performing a makeover on last year’s Hoku Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year Mailani Makainai, and Kiani was so eager to make an impact. “She is sweet and never been on TV or in the paper,” he said. “She is a Big Island girl with Big Island style, but the night of the Hokus she will be a star.”

Mailani Makainai before her makeover.

Kiani, right, dressed for the Hoku Awards in a Tiare Teiti dress, pictured with Mailani Makainai, who Ralph Malani also styled for the occasion.

Wedding Ring Shop introduces Tacori Boutique

May 19th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

From left, Jennifer Lieu, Lena Hanson and Lindsey Muraoka are dwarfed by a giant wedding ring display that marked the grand opening of the Tacori Boutique at The Wedding Ring Shop.

June is the traditional start of the wedding season, and if there’s a summer wedding in your future, The Wedding Ring Shop has something new to offer.

The nearly quarter-century kamaaina company hosted the grand opening of the Tacori Boutique, the first in the nation, on May 13 with a private champagne and diamond celebration.

The shop-within-a-shop was designed by Tacori founder Haig Tacorian, in ‘Tacori Blue, and to mark the occasion, a larger than life boxed wedding ring was constructed at the ground-floor entrance to The Wedding Ring Shop.

On view were Tacori’s 2011 spring collection of engagement rings, wedding bands, and fashion jewelry, noted for the American jeweler’s signature crescent silhouette design.

Naturally, there were many women browsing and trying on, and a few men there admitted to purposefully leaving wives at home, lest they decide they need an upgrade!

The Wedding Ring Shop is at 1181 Kapiolani Blvd. For more information, call 945-7766 or visit

The Wedding Ring Shop’s Michael Han prepares to cut the grand opening ribbon of the Tacori Boutique.

Shoppers, running the gamut of those already married to the happily single, tried on many an engagement ring.

A Tacori setting creates a halo effect that makes a diamond appears larger than its 1-carat size.

Shauna Goya tries on a diamond engagement ring.

Beyond diamonds, Tacori also had many pieces of semi-precious stone jewelry available for purchase.

The invite.