HILUXURY - Hawaii Luxury Magazine http://www.hiluxury.com Luxury Living In Hawaii Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:36:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.4 Have Yacht, Will Travel http://www.hiluxury.com/have-yacht-will-travel/ http://www.hiluxury.com/have-yacht-will-travel/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 03:37:41 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20221 With a Sunseeker 75, getting there is practically all of the fun…

You can spot the Elyatt well before taking your first step on the boarding platform onto her spacious deck. With her sleek lines and sheer size, the 75-foot yacht is a head turner to say the least. Docked in Kewalo Basin, the Elyatt easily dwarfs the other boats in the harbor, and you can almost see the look of hope on tourists’ faces as they approach, hoping that this is their boat. Alas, the tour guide doesn’t break his stride. This is one charter you won’t find a coupon for…

Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi— island-hopping takes an indulgent turn if you opt for a getaway via the Elyatt. With a recent revamp and interior overhaul, the spacious Sunseeker looks just as stunning on the inside as she does on the outside. The Elyatt boasts a well-appointed master stateroom, VIP stateroom, guest cabin and comfortably sleeps six (though can accommodate up to 12 people if it’s just a day charter). Throw in a highly experienced crew—Captains Lilly Cardenas and Joe Bardouche—to get you from island A to B, while deck mate Katherine Ziemann makes sure the Champagne stays chilled and your flute never goes empty.

“It’s more than just the yacht,” says Sergio De Oliveira, VP for Elyatt Luxury Yacht Charters. “It’s the overall experience that makes us stand out, and our crew’s strong attention to detail rounds out the first-class experience.”

While guests are responsible for packing trip “essentials” like sunglasses, sunblock and an iPod loaded with a playlist of yachting tunes, the Elyatt is fully equipped with everything else you might need. Indoor amenities include a 40-inch, Sony flat-screen HDTV, Bose speaker system, wine cooler and a kitchen that’ll please any personal chef. In fact, the folks at Elyatt have an impressive roster of chefs, masseuses and other service providers to help make your charter that much more enjoyable. And when you’re ready for some open-water action, take to the seas on a Jet Ski, wakeboard, Multisport inflatable or one of the other watersports provisions readily available. Still, if basking under the sun (or stars) is the only thing on the agenda, the spacious sunbed at the bow provides the ideal spot for sunning/stargazing.

You won’t find a menu of locales that the Elyatt travels to—it’s up to the guests to decide where to drop anchor. For the most part, guests don’t even know where they’d like to go. Instead, they’ll describe what they want to experience, and the staff will then give them a few different location suggestions based on the conditions.

“Year-round we’ve got access to great destinations,” Cardenas says. “In the summertime, Hanalei Bay and the Napali Coast [off] Kauaʻi are popular, while Maui is a sought-after winter destination, because it’s whale-watching season.”

Another yachting perk? Access to the inaccessible. Many of Hawaiʻi’s true hidden gems are just that—distant, isolated or difficult to get to. “We’ve anchored in places overnight, like Honopu on Kauaʻi, and it’s only accessible by boat,” Bardouche shares. “And when we’re anchored there at night, you can’t see a manmade light; there are no more other tour boats, and it’s just us.”

Yet, you don’t have to go very far to feel a world away or beyond Oʻahu, for that matter. Aside from the outer-island experiences, even a trip to the West Side has its own bragging rights. “I think it’s very, underrated,” Cardenas says. “People don’t really think about how beautiful the ocean is on that side. From Yokohama Bay to Electric Beach, there are great places to stop and snorkel.”

The longest charter so far? A two-week jaunt. De Oliveira says, “It was more so the client could have the yacht on standby.

He would go from one island to another to visit a few friends on several islands.”

But even a few hours on the Elyatt might give you the luxury fix you’re yearning for, or in some cases, drop a few jaws while signing a contract. Apparently, more than a few companies have dotted their I’s and crossed their T’s while on board. So really, everything and anything is customizable for those interested in the Elyatt experience.

For more information, go to elyatt.com.

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The “C” Trifecta http://www.hiluxury.com/the-c-trifecta/ http://www.hiluxury.com/the-c-trifecta/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 03:14:53 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20186 Head to the Buckeye State of Ohio for a bit of food, sports and plenty of Hall-of-Fame fun.

Ohio’s place in the midwest has been something of a blessing and a curse for the buckeye state — its position is a day’s drive from two-thirds of the American population and the lion’s share of its industrial and corporate power. It’s hard to transit the nation’s largest hubs without heading through, or over, this state, but many don’t stop.

But a movement is rising in the state— urban revival, especially among its three major metros. Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, termed the “Three Cs,” are rapidly evolving as longstanding cultural centerpieces brimming with new, experimental development. And the state is catching national attention for its amenities. Cincinnati is gearing up for this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, while Cleveland will host next year’s Republican National Convention.

The thriving culture of the state and its three major—sometimes competing—urban centers are well worth the exploration. And for the uninitiated, there is more than a little to see.


Cincinnati is home to a novel concept in the 21c Museum Hotel (21cmuseumhotels.com)—a 156-room luxury establishment that doubles as a museum of contemporary art and a cultural center. And if you feel like a drink, it also hosts a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the city’s downtown arts district. For a quieter experience, the Mariemont Inn (mariemontinn.com) in Cincy’s upscale Mariemont neighborhood is a classy, low-key historic hotel, while its National Exemplar restaurant (nationalexemplar.com) is just one of several steakhouse and classic American dining experiences in the area.

Cleveland hosts the iconic Metropolitan at the 9 (metropolitancleveland.com), a centrally located jewel of downtown. A short walk from many of the city’s best attractions, and yet, with its own hidden gems, such as the Vault (vault9cle.com)—a cocktail lounge in what was once the vaults of the old Cleveland Trust Building. The sleek and contemporary Aloft Cleveland Downtown (starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels) brings a beautiful view of the city’s lakefront.


Ohioans are notorious for their quirky comfort foods—Cincinnati chili rules the roost in the Queen City, while Cleveland’s love affair with the pierogi is a nod to Eastern European ethnic roots. Don’t let that fool you, though. There’s a reason many of the world’s best-known chefs have picked this state for their experimental concepts. Each urban center has a fast-growing bar and nightlife district. For Cleveland, you’d hit East Fourth Street; Columbus’ Arena District continues to develop, and the revival of Cincinnati’s Over-~ e-Rhine has repeatedly brought it into the national culinary spotlight.

Cleveland’s vibrant dining scene sports the likes of Chef Michael Symon, whose restaurant group spans several styles, with Lola (lolabistro.com) as it flagship, sporting a top-notch surf and turf menu. Lolita (lolitarestaurant.com) brings a more modern take, while his “B Spot” (bspotburgers.com) brings a down-to-earth burger to the city’s neighborhoods. Chef Brad Friedlander and his Red Restaurant Group have a hold on Cleveland’s finest turf dining, with Red, the Steakhouse (redthesteakhouse.com) regularly landing toward the top of lists citing the finest steakhouses in the country. Not to be shown up by out-of-state competition, his Moxie, the Restaurant (moxietherestaurant.com) blends New York’s modern dining scene with more comforting tones of the Midwest in an experimental concept. Th e Zach Burrell Restaurants bring fine international flair to the city’s suburbs, particularly the popular L’Albatros (albatrosbrasserie.com), which packs an extensive traditional French menu set among pairing with dozens of wines. Chinato (chinatocleveland. com) downtown is a play off of the many regional specialties of Italy, while Parallax (parallaxtremont.com), near Tremont, focuses on fusion seafood and sushi.

Not to be outdone, Cincinnati sports the well-known Jeff Ruby, whose Precinct (jeffruby.com) steakhouse sparked a group of concepts that dominate its finer dining scene. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse top-notch seafood and steaks to downtown Cincinnati, and a revived concept, Waterfront, will bring back fine dining and a grand ballroom to the Ohio riverfront. Individual concepts shine in this city as well, with the friendly atmosphere of Bella Luna (bellalunacincy.com), east of downtown, housing one of the town’s best-loved Italian restaurants with creative flair.

And Columbus focuses some of its best fine dining concepts downtown, where Barcelona (barcelonacolumbus.com) touts well-loved Spanish classics, while Due Amici (due-amici.com) takes a new twist on Italian pasta classics. Farther east of town, Mitchell’s Ocean Club (ocean-prime.com), a loved and respected seafood and wine bar, boasts some of the best cuts of fish to be found in the city.


Ohio’s rising craft beer scene has made quite a buzz in the Midwest in recent years, and indeed, many of its best-known brands have branched into the national conversation. The state is home to close to 100 breweries, with The New Yorker putting the state near the top for production numbers. Among the most austere names in the state, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (greatlakesbrewing.com) in Cleveland maintains a classy taproom welcoming to the upscale traveler, while Elevator Brewing Co. (elevatorbrewing.com) in downtown Cleveland continues to bring home accolades.

The state is no less serious about its wine. There are more than 150 wineries in the state, from the more stylish and popular Via Vecchia Winery (viavecchiawinery.com) and the Brothers Drake Meadery (brothers-drake.com), both of which are found near downtown Columbus, to the more peaceful appeal of a spot like Vinoklet Winery (vinokletwines.com) on Cincinnati’s West Side.

There are no fewer wine and cocktail bars in the state, with such spots as Velvet Tango Room (velvettangoroom.com), near Cleveland, with its classic cocktails, to 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab (1215vine.com) in Cincinnati’s vibrant Over-The-Rhine. Enormous selection can be found at such places as Wine on High Bar & Retail (wineonhigh.com), which is along Columbus’ High Street corridor, and W.G. Kitchen and Bar (wgkitchen.com), which has several locations around Cincinnati.


The thriving arts scene in Cleveland has University Circle at its focal point, home to the widely respected Cleveland Orchestra (clevelandorchestra.com). It’s also home to some of the state’s best-known arts centers, like Cleveland Art Museum (clevelandart.org) and the botanical gardens (cbgarden.org).

Downtown Cincinnati boasts world-class venues in Cincinnati Music Hall (cincinnatiarts.org)—home of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—while Arnoff Center hosts Cincinnati Ballet and many of its best theatrical performances.

But the lakefront in Cleveland hosts one of Ohio’s most famous attractions: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (rockhall.com). It’s a full-day experience as you study the history of rock, its many inductees over the years and numerous exhibits that feature individual bands that have brought something special to the genre.

Ohio sports bring a high profile boost to the state’s economy. Cincinnati has the Reds and the Bengals, Columbus the Blue Jackets and the Crew, while Cleveland fields the Browns and the Cavaliers.

The Reds Hall of Fame, set inside Great American Ball Park, tells the story of the first professional baseball team. Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame (clevelandsportshall.com) pays homage to the many varied sports that have brought Clevelanders to fame over the decades. The Ohio State Buckeyes are a major draw to Columbus—tens of thousands flood “The Shoe” every year to watch Buckeye football. Speaking of football, Pro Football Hall of Fame (profootballhof.com) in Canton gives you all the football history you crave, as well as the storied careers of many of its best players.

Looking for a truly unique getaway? The small island of Put-In-Bay (putinbay. com), on Lake Erie, is a well-known adult playground boasting bars, seafood, a winery and more than a few chances to go boating. This well-known island is famously enjoyed with a golf cart as your primary mode of transportation.

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Straight From a Pro http://www.hiluxury.com/straight-from-a-pro/ http://www.hiluxury.com/straight-from-a-pro/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 03:12:25 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=19946 Punahou and PGA Tour alum Parker McLachlin reveals his green go-tos.

Photos courtesy brands

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Blurred Lines http://www.hiluxury.com/blurred-lines/ http://www.hiluxury.com/blurred-lines/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:51:41 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20152 Modern dressing is about embracing the simplicity of clean lines and functional silhouettes, punched up with a dose of color and geometry when the moment calls for stepping clear of the background noise. The modern man has the confidence to wear what he loves, oozing the kind of self-assuredness and comfort that comes from owning his look. Luxurious fabrics add to the magic of living and breathing style.

Photographer: TOMMY SHIH
Photography Assistant: CHRIS ROHRER
Fashion Editor: NADINE KAM

About the Setting

HILuxury‘s modern man took to the N House in Portlock to showcase this season’s fashion-forward looks. With its clean lines and pops of color, the N House made for the perfect backdrop. Inspired by minimalist architectural design, owner Roy Nishimura hired architect Jim Schmit to create his vision of a light-filled, naturally ventilated home. Nishimura’s goal was to create an energy-efficient home that resonated a sense of calm and peace. Elements native to modern architecture are perfectly juxtaposed with floor-to-ceiling glass, an extraordinary wooden staircase and an outdoor courtyard and pool. The end result is a home balancing design and function: an urbane oasis.

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Purr, Baby, Purr http://www.hiluxury.com/purr-baby-purr/ http://www.hiluxury.com/purr-baby-purr/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:45:59 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=19930 The all-new BMW i8 hybrid is fast and stealthy.

Who would have thought a few years ago, that a super performance, high-end sports car would have a hybrid gas engine/battery combo like a Prius or Chevy Volt? Well, welcome to the future with latest edition from BMW with introduction of the i8…

For some, the idea of an electric/gas powertrain making an average of about 43 miles per gallon “fuel” mileage is not consistent with any meaningful speed or power. Well, forget about it—the i8 turns a zero-to-60-mph time in about 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

This performance comes as a result of a somewhat unconventional spin. In the rear of the car is a small, 1.5-liter turbo, three-cylinder gas engine, producing 228 horsepower tied to six-speed automatic. This powerplant handles the power to the rear wheels. But the high-tech part is accomplished via a 129-horsepower, electric motor mounted in front, pushing power to the front wheels. Keeping track of all power needs are computers deciding when to operate what. Batteries are charged by plugging in, or with some regeneration of power with no throttle or brakes usage.

At low speeds with a minimum accelerator usage, the electric motor will silently propel you along. Range in this mode is just more than 20 miles, before the gas motor has to help out. Turning on the sport mode or hitting the accelerator adds the gas engine to the equation—and major thrust. Added to all of this is the i8’s light weight, courtesy aluminum and carbon fiber mixed in the body. Manual shifting is possible with the use of paddles behind the steering wheel.

Well, enough of the performance and handling issues. Looks make a sports car, and the i8 certainly falls on the right side of the aesthetic equation. Yes, of course, there is the traditional BMW two-grill format upfront (in a somewhat stretched form), but the rest of the body is low and slick, with some interesting cuts and slices.

Getting into the i8 creates a stir among the spectators, since the doors open up and not out. Inside, four seats are presented—although, back “seats” are for keiki or simple storage. Climb in and experience a fully leather-lined interior. Form-fitting front seats hold riders in place.

A big dial on the center console controls the large video screen that sits atop the dash. And that video can show the interchange between front and back powerplants. As with many cars these days, push a start button and you are off, initially silently, with the electric unit in control. Also, as is typical with an electric motor, initial low-end torque is available instantly. And, of course, if you want more, the transition to full takeoff is but a throttle push away.

Clearly, BMW has seen the wave of the future, and more electrical motivation in all vehicles is coming. But that does not mean dullness is part of the program, and undoubtedly with the i8, BMW has maintained its usual level of excitement.






PRICE: $136,625

All photos courtesy BMW Pressclub

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Sultry Days Ahead http://www.hiluxury.com/sultry-days-ahead/ http://www.hiluxury.com/sultry-days-ahead/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:35:37 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20133 Summer sizzles with daring two-pieces and cleverly cut maillots.

Fashion Editor: YU SHING TING

About the Setting

Getting in the swim of things, the HILuxury team set its sights on Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaʻupulehu, set on the picturesque Kona-Kohala coast of Hawaiʻi Island. A magnificent work of destination art built into its natural surroundings, the resort combines history, culture, pure pampering and true aloha to all who come its way. Hawaiʻi Island’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel, the resort features 243 rooms, including 51 spectacular suites, a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, a world-class spa and sports club, seven pools and a wide array of cultural experiences and active adventures. Award-winning dining is offered waterside at Beach Tree restaurant and ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, highlighting Hawaiʻi Island Cuisine with a regional, seasonal, artisanal approach. All the while, the contrast of ancient black lava rock with towering coconut palms, white-sand beaches and azure sea creates opportunities for memories and photographs at every turn.


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A Man for All Seasons http://www.hiluxury.com/a-man-for-all-seasons/ http://www.hiluxury.com/a-man-for-all-seasons/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:32:43 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=19435 Sanjiv Hulugalle takes the reins at Oʻahu’s long-awaited Four Seasons Resort.

Much admired, not easily replicated

is a well-known tag line for four seasons hotels and Resorts. But it could be just as easily applied to Sanjiv Hulugalle, the young general manger presiding over the $500 million transformation of former J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa into Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, slated to open in February of 2016.

At just 39, Hulugalle already has racked up a significant list of hospitality accomplishments. For starters, Hulugalle rose to the rank of general manager by the age of 33, which at the time made him the youngest general manger in the Four Seasons chain.

“It was quite obvious even at such a young age that he would go far,” says Steve James, Lifestyle Professionals Fitness Coaching, who has known Hulugalle since 1996 when he employed the then 22-year-old in his first position at Four Seasons, Sydney, as a part-time fitness instructor. “His people skills, intelligence, humility and caring nature were quite outstanding for such a young man.”

What wasn’t clear at the time was if Hulugalle would make hospitality his ambition, says his mentor Ivan Goh.


“Sanjiv studied in physical education, and he initially had a dream of managing his own gym and health club some day,” Goh says. ” I think I influenced him into changing his career goals into the hospitality industry instead. I thought that his personality and energy suit the hotel industry perfectly … it is fair to say that Four Seasons is lucky to have such a dedicated and loyal employee in its organization.”

Eighteen years and 12 positions later, Hulugalle has proved his mentor right. While he was general manager of Four Seasons on Kuda Huraa in the Maldives, it was voted “best of the best” in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveller U.K. And, more recently, he presided over the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, which was built according to his vision that emphasized culture and history. Friends, family and work colleagues attribute these successes to Hulugalle’s innate sense of hospitality, which gives him the ability to make everyone—from guests and colleagues, to friends and family members—feel special.

“When I first met Sanjiv, he would say that I was his most important VIP guest, and one of his expressions was: ‘Anything you want, Sir, consider it done,'” says longtime friend James Lee, who has stayed at Four Seasons properties the world over. “I felt special, until I realized this was his standard greeting.”

But over time, Lee says he came to understand that all of Hulugalle’s promises were sincere. Lee says Hulugalle anticipates preferences and delivers on them before they are articulated. For example, at breakfast one morning, while staying at Four Seasons in Beijing, Lee requested a ginger shot within earshot of Hulugalle.

“It was there every morning after and subsequently, to my surprise and delight, at breakfast in Four Seasons the world over,” he says.

Hulugalle’s mother, Sally Hulugalle of Sri Lanka, says his attentive nature extends to his family. She is impressed by the unconditional love and caring that he shows to his wife, Alice, daughters Catherine and Savannah, as well as his parents, siblings and extended family.

A longtime member of the Four Seasons family, Hulugalle poses with his own ʻohana on Oʻahu. Bottom: Hulugalle by an Aston Martin in Beijing, where he served as the GM at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing (photos courtesy Sanjiv Hulugalle).

A longtime member of the Four Seasons family, Hulugalle poses with his own ʻohana on Oʻahu. Bottom: Hulugalle by an Aston Martin in Beijing, where he served as the GM at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing (photos courtesy Sanjiv Hulugalle).

“I have always found that the most important aspect of his relationship with others is that, once he has recognized their importance to him, he is prepared to expend his total attention to make that relationship fruitful and constructive,” Hulugalle’s mother shares.

Now, Hulugalle’s attentions are focused on the Ko Olina opening, which will expand Four Seasons’ Hawai’i holdings to O’ahu and bring the first Four Seasons private residences to the isles. Ko Olina’s owners expect the opening to build on the success of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which debuted in 2011, and to finally bring the 650-acre master planned community to the glory that’s been imagined since the 1980s. But Hulugalle has set his sights even higher.

“The transformation has to make this property No. 1—I won’t take No. 2,” he says. “For us, the most important thing is taking the destination and the sense of place to create something very authentic that is connected to the environment and the people.”

Hulugalle says he is dedicated to working with Ko Olina developer Jeff Stone and the ownership group to execute their vision for Ko Olina, which encompasses historic Lanikuhonua, named by James Campbell’s daughter Alice—and reportedly a favorite bathing spot of Queen Ka’ahumanu, wife of Kamehameha I. As such, one of the first steps of his renovation opened up the lobby to the sweeping views of this historic island.

“We want people to walk in and feel that they have arrived in Hawai’i, this very special place,” he says.

The hotel’s room count also is coming down from 398 to 360 to add more suites and presidential-type rooms. New food and beverage offerings will include a waterfront fish house, with farm-to-table and fresh catch options, a Four Seasons-branded Italian restaurant, and an all-day dining spot, as well as a poolside sunset bar. Hulugalle also has added a family pool, an adult pool and a canoe house to expand the resort’s aquatic offerings beyond the property’s original pool. The resort will have a meeting space that can seat 350 at dinner. But the current ballroom space will make way for a 17-story residential complex with 133 units, ranging from 900 to 30,000 square feet. The residences are expected to go to market in June.

While Four Seasons has ambitious plans for the transformation in Ko Olina, Hulugalle says authentic hospitality is at the heart of the plan, which aims to make hotel guests think of the property as their home away from home.


“When a guest arrives at my hotel, I want them to feel as if they are coming into my home,” he says. ” I want guests to feel that this is their home away from home.”

To that end, Hawaiʻi’s newest Four Seasons will open with 700 employees—considerably higher than the 300 employees who closed the J.W. Ihilani Marriott. Longtime friend Stephen Green says Hulugalle’s famous hospitality and work ethic are certain to extend to his new crew.

“We recently went to three different Four Seasons for a March break with our family, and so many senior staff had heard of him, and they all say they would like to work for him,” Green says. “He could probably cause a labor shortage at resorts/ hotels if the staff could leave and work under his guidance and supervision.”

Having worked under Hulugalle twice, Andrew Debrito, hotel manager for Four Seasons Beijing, agrees. Debrito says Hulugalle witnessed him lose his cool at a Christmas Eve dinner when guests were complaining, but chose motivation over discipline.

“Sanjiv gently and calmly said, ‘Andrew, you are so passionate, and you will do even greater if you can channel your energy properly,'” Debrito shares. “I walked away feeling like a million bucks and with a sense of great respect for him. I am who I am today because this man took a chance on me and trusted me implicitly.”

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Edge of Distinction http://www.hiluxury.com/edge-of-distinction/ http://www.hiluxury.com/edge-of-distinction/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:07:27 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=19447 Hawaiʻi’s best-kept secret shouldn’t be its artists. GalleryHNL brings them out of hiding.

Standing in artist Theresa Heinrich’s workspace, which is just a wide corner on the second-floor, open-air hallway of University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Art Building, I hold a small ceramic piece shaped like a cocktail umbrella.

“I dip the actual umbrellas in ceramic slip, let them dry and then fire them in the kiln,” Heinrich tells me. “And all the paper matter inside burns out and leaves just the shell. Then I glaze them—basically putting a surface of glass around the outside and adding different color.”

There’s a plastic container filled with glossy ceramic cocktail umbrellas right next to us, and we are now surrounded by elements of Heinrich’s work—much of it gathered in containers, stacked on low shelves up against the hallway’s railing. We’re also being watched by an audience of ceramic heads decorated with colorful ceramic leaves and flowers and small birds on delicate branches.

“These are Styrofoam heads that have been dipped in slip, and then I dress them up,” Heinrich explains. “I call them reliquaries, because each one has a little nook that can hold something.”

Heinrich is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student scheduled to graduate from the university this spring, and one of just four artists whose work will be showcased in a new exhibition opening early May at the former Gentry Pacific Design Center on Nimitz Highway. The show is part of a recently formed partnership, entitled GalleryHNL, pairing UH Manoa’s Art Department with prominent Hawaiʻi art collectors Mark and Carolyn Blackburn, and Honolulu-based architect and designer Sanford Hasegawa.

According to Gaye Chan, Art Department chair at UHM, GalleryHNL is a multi-focused effort to bring more attention to the university’s range of talented artists, not only including students, but also faculty and alumni.

“We have really amazing exhibitions here, but for whatever reason, people don’t seem to know about them,” Chan says. “Even people on campus aren’t always aware.”

Last year, Chan invited the Blackburns, who own Manu Antiques on South King Street in Honolulu, to visit the university’s annual exhibition for graduating Master of Fine Arts students.

“They came to see the show, and they were totally blown away by the quality,” Chan says. “They told me, ‘This is world-class work. Why didn’t we know about it?'”

Chan described the Blackburns as art and culture philanthropists who are “smart, crazy intense, excitable people.” “They said, ‘We should do something together,'” Chan recalls. “And that’s how GalleryHNL was born.”

The new partnership not only will include future exhibitions around Honolulu, and possibly the state, for selected artists affiliated with UHM, but GalleryHNL also will offer them representation and introductions to the Blackburns’ extensive global art connections.

“Basically, we want the artists to stay in Hawaiʻi, and we want to give them a chance to continue their work as a livelihood instead of doing other things to survive,” Chan says, adding that many UH Art Department graduates are forced to relocate because it’s such a challenge to make it in Hawaiʻi as a contemporary artist.

For Heinrich, the upcoming GalleryHNL exhibition is exciting not only because it will be her first big show, but also because she believes that being a part of the new initiative gives her hope that she might be able to remain in the Islands after graduation. The difficult reality for so many Hawaiʻi artists like Heinrich, who are creating thoughtful contemporary pieces today, is that there simply isn’t much of a local audience—and very few places to show their work.

“I’m back here on this little corner of the floor busily making things, but once I’m done, I don’t have anything to do with them,” she tells me. “I sometimes end up breaking them and recycling them, and maybe that’s one of the ways my pieces evolve. But I can only store so much sculpture in my home.”

During my Art Building visit, I also spoke with Tom Walker, a current MFA student at UH and another artist whose work was showcased in the premiere exhibition. We talked further about the authentic inspiration you’ll often find in the work of contemporary artists at the university.

“Nobody’s relying on clichés that have come before, or things from tourism marketing or stereotypes about what it’s like to live here,” he says. “I’ve never seen a dolphin. I’ve never been swimming with whales, and I’ve only seen a real pineapple growing outside like one time in my life. All these things that I’m supposed to be experiencing in Hawai’i, I don’t experience any of them.”

Speaking in front of one of his 8-foot-tall paintings loaded with vibrant color cascading in bold, regimented stripes, Walker told me his work had been inspired, in part, by a printer error that created long drags of color on a restaurant menu.

Beauty derived from non-traditional inspiration is, in fact, something that connects the work of all four artists in the upcoming GalleryHNL show. Mary Babcock, an associate professor of art at UH, creates stunning weavings made from ropes, nets and fishing line she’s found washed up on the beaches of O’ahu and along rivers in Oregon.

“Th ings we consider to be refuse are often beautiful materials,” she tells me. “We don’t have to look outside of our own garbage to find things we could bring back into our homes and our environments to create a sense of beauty.”

For Jonathan Swanz, a lecturer at UH, light’s properties, as either a particle or a wave, depending on the instruments you use to study it, inspired a gorgeous series of chaotically twisting glass sculptures.

“What is a viable subject for inspiration?” Chan asks me. “It doesn’t have to be a dolphin or the queen. It could be [what] your computer does when it’s not hooked up properly. Th at’s real, and that’s viable inspiration, [and] that’s beautiful.”

For more information, visit galleryhnl.com.

All photos courtesy GalleryHNL

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High Expectations http://www.hiluxury.com/high-expectations-3/ http://www.hiluxury.com/high-expectations-3/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:24:46 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20079 Park Lane’s six-story buildings score a perfect 10 when it comes to upscale community living.

Part three in HILuxury’s four-part luxury honolulu condo series

Park Lane Ala Moana is something entirely new for Honolulu. The project, sited ocean-side of Ala Moana Center, is Oʻahu’s first $1 billion residential development. Yet, its architectural inspiration started with an ancient agricultural site in the Philippines. “The first conceptual image we presented to the client was of the Pana Banaue Rice Terraces. This was the spark of excitement for the project that really made it clear to us that we were dealing with something special,” says Ben Wrigley, architect with Solomon Coldwell Buenz Architecture, who partnered with Honolulu’s Ben Woo Architects on the project. “Everything in the buildings’ design serves to reinforce that horizontality, and we quickly came to see the buildings as a series of terraces sloping down toward the ocean and emanating from the ground plane,” Wrigley adds.

Interior designer Jon Staub of Philpotts and Associates describes Park Lane as timeless in its use of spaces flooded with natural light, vast view planes, and green zones that blur the line between outdoor and indoor spaces.

Interior designer Jon Staub of Philpotts and Associates describes Park Lane as timeless in its use of spaces flooded with natural light, vast view planes, and green zones that blur the line between outdoor and indoor spaces.

The developers, which include the MacNaughton Group, Kobayashi Group and BlackSand Capital, chose the horizontal, stacked terracing concept as the design for their seven, six-story structures. Park Lane’s 215 residences, which range from building 850-square-foot, one-bedroom units to a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom penthouse, are set for completion by the end of 2017, with prices ranging from $1.192 million to $28 million.

“There are 95 different floor plans,” explains Alana Kobayashi Pakkala of Kobayashi Group. “This is not a high rise just stacked up. It’s a collection of individually tailored homes, fitted together into a low-rise community with the Pacific Ocean at its front door and the world-class Ala Moana Center at its back door.”

That idea of creating an oasis in the heart of Honolulu was intoxicating to David Oldroyd, a principal of San Francisco’s Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates, who collaborated with Hawaiʻi’s Jon Staub of Philpotts and Associates on Park Lane’s interior design.

“When we were approached to be involved in this project, they described the idea of ‘residences’ with large lanais on the beach: a true Hawaiʻi indoor-outdoor experience—and one that didn’t look or feel like a more typical condominium project.”

Park Lane’s architects wanted the idea of terraced tropical gardens amid a densely urban setting to drive both the concept for the building form and landscape design. VITA Planning and Landscape Architecture responded with a lush yet sculptural design.

Designer David Oldroyd characterizes the buildings' interiors as "a luxurious mix of a few curated materials inside the residences to create something that felt of our time, without pastiche, contemporary and warm, without being urban and hard, inviting but simple and unfettered "truly Hawaiian."

Designer David Oldroyd characterizes the buildings’ interiors as “a luxurious mix of a few curated materials inside the residences to create something that felt of our time, without pastiche, contemporary and warm, without being urban and hard, inviting but simple and unfettered “truly Hawaiian.”

“The building form is very strong,” says Don Vita of VITA. “There are many different terraces. Because of that, there’s a dramatic contrast between the perceived light and shadow. We wanted to make sure whatever we did with the landscape would soften that and be very naturalistic. It’s an intimate resort environment within a dense urban setting, so the garden spaces are residentially scaled. Its urban nature also leads to a kind of linear sophistication with art incorporated into landscaping.”

Much of the art, curated by Honolulu artist Kelly Sueda, falls along a meandering, quarter-mile-long private resident walkway, from which the project gets its name.

“On a trip to New York with the owners, we walked the High Line and realized that the best way to connect this community was through a similar kind of pedestrian connection spanning the whole site,” Wrigley explains. “This was a breakthrough moment for the project and led to the creation of the Park Lane—a lush, shaded walk that connects all parts of the project—becoming the heart of the community: a place for chance encounters with the neighbors and a means of walking to and from all the great amenities that the project has to offer.

“We have set up strategic views along Park Lane framed by palms. At the end of the path, residents will find beautifully discrete spaces with a piece of art. It leads you through a series of art experiences as you travel down the art walk.”

Honolulu architect Ben Woo cites Park Lane's expansive lanais as one of the project's most exciting elements. "The large lanais and sliding door panels with flush thresholds truly bring the 'outside and inside' together. These large, usable lanais become outdoor living rooms reminiscent of older Hawaiian homes."

Honolulu architect Ben Woo cites Park Lane’s expansive lanais as one of the project’s most exciting elements. “The large lanais and sliding door panels with flush thresholds truly bring the ‘outside and inside’ together. These large, usable lanais become outdoor living rooms reminiscent of older Hawaiian homes.”

The walk also connects residents to the lobby, pool and the entire Ala Moana Center, but Vita says that when residents return to Park Lane, with its art walk and an expansive green space called the Great Lawn, the landscaping is meant to feel very private.

“With open space surrounding you, the Great Lawn will feel like you’re in a private club,” Vita notes. “We strive to create environments where people can interact with nature—like a walk in the woods. We try to bring that back into urban environments and create environments that are at the intersection of culture and the natural environment, the business realities of the client and art. And if we can strike a balance among all those, I like to think we’ve designed something that will endure and is a piece of art itself.”

All photos courtesy Park Lane Ala Moana


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Regal Tender http://www.hiluxury.com/regal-tender/ http://www.hiluxury.com/regal-tender/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:22:50 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=20076 Collector and historian Donald Medcalf’s rare set of Hawaiian royal orders.

In an alternate universe, Hawaiʻi might have been part of the United Kingdom, so enamored were the aliʻi of european royalty, ceremony and culture. Monarchs before him adopted European costume and rituals, but it was Lot Kapuaiwa, Kamehameha V, who created Th e Royal Order of Kamehameha I in 1865.

The decoration was named after his grandfather—who united the Hawaiian kingdom—based on the European tradition of bestowing honor on those who have been of service to the crown.

Collector and historian Donald Medcalf, owner of Hawaiian Islands Stamp & Coin (hawaiianislandsstampandcoin.com), says, “Hawaiian royal orders are the rarest in the world. Nations like France continue to issue royal orders, but here, they were awarded only through 1892.” The tradition ended with Queen Liliʻuokalani’s reign and the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, a knightly order established by Kamehameha V to promote and protect the sovereignty of the Hawaiian nation, helped design and create the insignias. The fraternity, which continues to preserve and perpetuate the culture, customs and traditions of ancient Hawaiʻi, celebrated its 150th anniversary just last April.

There were three classes of Royal Order of Kamehameha I insignias, all made by Madame Kretly of Paris, France. The most important of these was the Knights Grand Cross, an eight-pointed silver star on which appeared a Maltese cross in white enamel. At the center of the cross is a blue-and-white shield emblazoned with “Kamehameha I” at the rim. Forty of these insignias were awarded to a mix of subjects and foreign royalty and dignitaries.

Recipients included: Queen Victoria of England; Prince Albert, Duke of Edinburgh; Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria; King Charles I of Bavaria; Emperor Wilhelm I and Crown Prince Frederick Wilhelm of Germany; King Rama V of Siam; King Umberto I of Italy; and Emperor Mutsuhito and Crown Prince Arisugawa of Japan.

The grand cross measures 3-1/4 inches. Smaller decorations are the Knights Commander Insignia, measuring 2-1/4 inches, and the Knights Companion Insignia, measuring 1-1/2 inches.

Interestingly, foreigners were exempt from being charged for the awards, but because of the cost of making them, subjects of the kingdom were charged an “admittance fee” of $250 for the grand cross, $150 for the Knights Commander and $75 for the Knights Companion—no small fee at the time of their distribution. So subjects who received them often represented the kingdom’s elite, including royal consorts John O. Dominis, A.S. Cleghorn and Charles Reed Bishop. According to inflation calculators, the respective awards would cost $3,622, $2,173 and $1,086 in today’s dollars. If an individual could not afford to pay, the king could waive the fee.

The royal orders were to be worn with pride as a symbol of the king’s favor, worn on a ribbon sash, an ornamental collar or chain or suspended from the neck by a grosgrain ribbon of red-and-white stripes.

Kamehameha V and Kalakaua conferred 238 Royal Order of Kamehameha insignias. Although this order was never bestowed on Hawaiian queens and princesses, they were allowed to wear the insignia, which can be spotted in many formal portraits of Kapiʻolani and Liliʻuokalani. Th e Knights Commander and Knights Companion insignias, with a crown perched above the Maltese cross, was a favorite of the royals.

During his reign, Kalakaua created four more royal orders: the Royal Order of Kalakaua I to commemorate his election to the throne in 1875; the Royal Order of Kapiʻolani to commemorate the deeds of his queen and bestowed for services rendered in the areas of art, science and humanity; the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawaiʻi to commemorate his coronation; and the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania in 1886, to fulfill his vision of uniting with other independent South Pacific islands to form an empire. Th is award was given for distinguished service in promoting Hawaiʻi throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

The Royal Order of Kalakaua was bestowed on 435 individuals, the majority during Kalakaua’s reign. Queen Liliʻuokalani conferred this order 15 times, the last in 1892. Th ere were 294 individuals who received the Royal Order of Kapi’olani. Th ey included members of the royal family, international royalty, Royal Hawaiian Band Master Henry Berger, sugar mill managers and several Russian navy lieutenants. Th e Royal Order of the Crown was awarded to 469 individuals, and 50 people received the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania.

Many of the royal orders remain the property of crown collections, so very few ever appear for sale, and Medcalf, who has helped ʻIolani Palace and private collectors acquire royal orders, says the last time he saw a Royal Order of Kamehameha I Knights Grand Cross appear was at a Paris auction about 25 years ago. It sold for $30,000, the equivalent of about $54,000 in today’s dollars.

Medcalf says most inquiries about the royal orders today come from outside Hawaiʻi. Because the royal tradition ended in 1892, few here know what they are. “There are people around the world who collect royal orders, and I have others for sale, from countries like Belgium, that cost $300 to $400.”

A simple online search turns up examples from throughout Europe, Thailand and kingdoms that no longer exist, such as Prussia and the short-lived Westphalia Napoleon Republic, established within present-day Germany and ruled by Napoleon’s brother Jerome Bonaparte.

To collect the royal orders is to feel connected to a storied, regal past.

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