HILUXURY - Hawaii Luxury Magazine http://www.hiluxury.com Luxury Living In Hawaii Sat, 09 May 2015 10:21:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.4 The Giver http://www.hiluxury.com/the-giver/ http://www.hiluxury.com/the-giver/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:26:56 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18165 Photo by Nathalie Walker

Photo by Nathalie Walker

Aloha United Way president and CEO Cindy Adams has high hopes when it comes to raising funds for the big-hearted organization.

Cindy Adams’ journey from Silicon Valley’s tech world to Aloha United Way’s top leadership role may seem like an unlikely career route.

However, connections come to fruition, upon learning that a civil service family with a ministry in the island communities of Hawaiʻi and Okinawa raised her. She’s also the kind of trailblazer who can graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi in small-town Hilo to go on to become one of the few female leaders in the male-dominated tech realm of the 1970s.

“She’s what you’d call a visionary,” says Don Rich, who met Adams about 15 years ago when she was representing Call Sciences on a tech industry panel.

“The industry is a bunch of guys, primarily, and a few sharp women that can hold their own. Eventually, she decided to go back to Hawaiʻi to reconnect with her family. It was a courageous move to give up what she had going on in Silicon Valley, where she was so well-regarded. I think Aloha United Way is lucky to have her.”

Though only a few months into the job, Adams is already proving her penchant for service and her mettle. In December, she successfully defended the organization against a staff recommendation to advise Gov. David Ige to consider replacing Aloha United Way as the state’s workplace giving program with a combined state-run campaign. The issue, which came before the state Ethics Commission, was dropped. It was an important move since about $849,000 of the approximately $10.8 million Aloha United Way distributed in 2013 came from the state campaign. In addition, the organization is still coming back from the doldrums of the last economic recession, which saw mayor organizational layoffs and restructuring as donations dropped from $13.1 million in 2005 to $9.1 million in 2010.

Cindy and grandsons, Conner in the background and Micah in the foreground, fishing at Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island (photo by Bill Adams).

Cindy and grandsons, Conner in the background and Micah in the foreground, fishing at Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island (photo by Bill Adams).

“We feel like we are kind of in the same place that we were last year. We have definitely come back from 2009, but the pendulum hasn’t swung completely in the other direction. The optimistic side of me thinks that we’ll hit our goal of putting $11.65 million back into the community this year. But we have ground to make up,” she says.

Fresh from her roles as vice president of sales and marketing for CBI Polymers and founding Executive Director of the Hawaii Meth Project, Adams brings a big business perspective to the organization’s continued turnaround, which is vital to the 880,000 or so community members it serves annually.

“There’s so much need here. But, in the business world, when you are hit with an economic downturn, you tighten the belt—and even when it gets better, you don’t loosen it to the third hole again. There’s a little bit of a lag, and if you have achieved an efficiency, you won’t go back again,” says Adams, whose past business acumen also comes from various marketing and operations positions at companies like de Reus Architects and MediaGate.

“Donors are the same way. People are still being cautious,” says Adams, demonstrating what will resonate with the community: The 90-plus-year-old nonprofit still has relevancy and gets results.

Three generations: Cindy's mom, Cindy and her daughter, Jodie (photo by Bill Adams).

Three generations: Cindy’s mom, Cindy and her daughter, Jodie (photo by Bill Adams).

“Making sure to demonstrate our return on investment is critically important,” she says. “We are also looking at identifying additional revenues to bring into the state, such as large federal grants that are focused on the homeless. And, we are looking at how to bring our partner agencies together to meet the various grant requirements.”

Although, she’s still new at the job, Adams said she’s incredibly proud of the more than 250 partner agencies, which come under the 501c3’s umbrella. Longtime friend Lori Lum, who played a significant role in helping Adams launch the Hawaii Meth Project, said it’s clear that Adams is relishing her new role at Aloha United Way.

“She told me that Aloha United Way is a unique opportunity to play a transformative role in Hawaiʻi,” Lum says. “She feels a tremendous sense of personal responsibility to the donors who expect that Aloha United Way will maximize their investment back into the community to do the most good, to make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who are our neighbors, friends, co-workers and families.”

L to R: Micah, Cindy and Conner, at the Hilton Waikoloa, Big Island (photo by Bill Adams).

L to R: Micah, Cindy and Conner, at the Hilton Waikoloa, Big Island (photo by Bill Adams).

Helping those in the community who are in need, and inspiring others who are doing well to give back, comes naturally to Adams, whose family taught her to “pay it forward.”

“My dad, James Ota, was [the] pastor of our church. He worked as an electrician, but he always made time to give back. My mom, Jane, was the same way,” Adams says. “I really didn’t think about what effect that they had on my life, until the last couple of years, but they had a significant impact on the direction of my life. It’s coalesced these last 10 years.”

To be sure, their leadership helped shape the kind of woman who is so accountable to her team that she sometimes gets up at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. to send out 15 or 20 emails.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve got these great ideas and I just want to share them…’ but, of course, I think the best ideas come later when we are collaborating.”

She’d like to see similar teamwork from the Hawaiʻi community, which has identifiable needs in all socioeconomic levels.

“We have to take ownership of the challenges in our community and figure out what role that we want to play in addressing the root causes,” she states. “Every citizen has that responsibility. Some feel it less, but I would ask everyone to step up to the plate.”

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Startup Seeker http://www.hiluxury.com/startup-seeker/ http://www.hiluxury.com/startup-seeker/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:17:54 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18161 Hawaii Venture Capital Association president Melialani “Meli” James wants to share the wealth—locally.

In life, Melialani “Meli” James seemed to do just about everything to put her life on the right path. After graduating from Punahou School, James went to Cornell University, where she studied hospitality management with a concentration in tourism development. It eventually led to a job with W Hotels, and then the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau. There, she headed the research and marketing department in economic impact studies.

Everything was exactly as it should have been. That is, until she had a quarter-life crisis.

“I was like, ‘Wait a second, is this what life is supposed to be? I hate what I do,'” she says.

Unhappy, she quit her job and began seeking guidance from a life/career coach, who had James brainstorm anything and everything that was of interest to her. This included wine, and working for herself.

“I had no idea what I was going to do,” she says. “But it excited me to start a business.”

Just another day at the office for Hawaii Venture Capital Association president Melialani James. She is also the head of new ventures at Sultan Ventures.

Just another day at the office for Hawaii Venture Capital Association president Melialani James. She is also the head of new ventures at Sultan Ventures.

This venture gave way to two manifestations. The first was Nirvino (nirvino.com), a No. 1-ranked app that equips users with resources to make informed vino selections. This, in turn, ignited an entrepreneurial spirit within James that has propelled her career, inspiring her to work to help others hoping to create a successful startup.

She’s been back home in Hawaiʻi for a few years now, after living and working in Silicon Valley for 11. Hesitant at first about how she would apply her expertise in the islands, James initially launched Hawaii Apps, a company that created mobile apps for local businesses.

“…I really did feel I could bring something back to Hawaiʻi that I had learned being in the Bay Area and being in the startup world,” she says.

Today, she works as head of new ventures with Sultan Ventures (sultanventures.com), a consulting firm that works with entrepreneurs and investors. James has long been friends with Sultan Ventures’ managing partners, and felt she and the company shared similar missions and visions. As head of new ventures, James works with existing portfolio projects and also has the opportunity to create new ventures as well. “As an entrepreneur, this is what gets me excited the most,” she says.

When she isn’t in the office, James maintains a busy schedule with alma mater Cornell University as an entrepreneur in residence with its Pillsbury Institute for Entrepreneurship. Along with access to resources there, James maintains office hours with students enrolled in the program, and participates in classes online and in person.

Locally, James also serves as president of Hawaii Venture Capital Association. One of Hawaiʻi’s oldest organizations, HVCA (hvca.org) also seeks to foster entrepreneurship within Hawaiʻi through educational and networking opportunities.

James, who left Hawaiʻi to seek better professional opportunities on the mainland, hopes that the growth of the startup community here broadens the ability for success in the islands.

“We keep talking about: ‘Kama’aina come home,'” she says. “It’s like, ‘Kama’aina come home’—they need to have something to do that they actually want to do.

“That, to me, is a lot of the driving force behind me being motivated with what I do.”

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Calendar http://www.hiluxury.com/calendar-6/ http://www.hiluxury.com/calendar-6/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:05:57 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18155 In tune to its 25th-anniversary celebration, IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre debuts DOMINION the weekend of May 8-10 at Hawaii Theatre (photo courtesy Kaveh Kardan).

In tune to its 25th-anniversary celebration, IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre debuts DOMINION the weekend of May 8-10 at Hawaii Theatre (photo courtesy Kaveh Kardan).

Apr. 4


The third installation in Hawaii Pops “Concert Series” brings one of the most talented contemporary music performers to Hawaii Theatre for a special, one-night-only concert. Smooth Jazz Superstar Dave Koz unites saxophonist Dave Koz, jazz musician Matt Catingub and Hawaii Pops Orchestra for a sophisticated evening of musical harmony. hawaiitheatre.com

Apr. 24


London’s gritty back alleys come alive as a wrongfully accused criminal, who calls himself Sweeney Todd, returns to England after a 15-year exile, masquerading as one of the city’s finest barbers. His mission? Revenge à la straight razor. Don’t miss Sweeney Todd, Hawaii Opera Theatre’s song-filled serving of “up-close shaves and meat pies.” Through Apr. 28. hawaiiopera.org

Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto rouses his baton for HSO's ¡España! May 3 (photo by Peter Schaaf, courtesy Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra).

Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto rouses his baton for HSO’s ¡España! May 3 (photo by Peter Schaaf, courtesy Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra).

May. 3


Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra presents ¡España!, a flavorful matinee of global music. Famed Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and Mark Kosower, renowned Principal Cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra, will showcase a three-part presentation of international compositions at Blaisdell. hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org

May. 8


Satisfy your sweet tooth with Tony-Award winning author Tracy Letts’ humorous and heartwarming tale of business venture between a former 1960s radical and an energetic teenager to turn around a struggling Chicago donut shop. Join The Actors’ Group (TAG) for Superior Donuts, a Broadway production The New York Times penned “a gentle comedy that unfolds like an extended episode of a 1970s sitcom.” Through May 31. taghawaii.net

May. 14


Join a charming rogue for a roaring midnight party in an airy mental institution, and then watch how the stern head nurse handles his rebellious amusement. Manoa Valley Theatre presents One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, an entertaining, dramatic tale of recreational revolt. Through May 31. manoavalleytheatre.com

May. 22


Journey with vivacious Allentown, Pennsylvania native Peggy Sawyer to New York City, circa 1933, for her lucky break as a chorus girl in a Broadway show. Watch Peggy sing and tap dance her way to the top in Diamond Head Theatre’s 100th anniversary presentation of 42nd Street. Through Jun. 7. diamondheadtheatre.com

On View

Bishop Museum's Nani I Ka Hala exhibition boasts a "hat wall" of various lauhala cuts (photo courtesy Bishop Museum).

Bishop Museum’s Nani I Ka Hala exhibition boasts a “hat wall” of various lauhala cuts (photo courtesy Bishop Museum).

BISHOP MUSEUM | 847.3511 Nani I Ka Hala. Through July 26.

HAWAI’I STATE ART MUSEUM (HiSAM) | 586.0300 He Makana: The Gertrude Mary Joan Damon Haig Collection of Hawaiian Art, Painting and Prints

HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART | 532.8700 Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Neo-Impressionists: 19th Century Prints and Drawings. Through May 24.

All events subject to change

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Candy Crush http://www.hiluxury.com/candy-crush/ http://www.hiluxury.com/candy-crush/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:05:32 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18172 Maui artists Peter and Madeline Powell get a hyperreality check.

It’s the Monday Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons Resort Wailea on Maui, and a stroll through the hotel’s lower lobby reveals a sumptuous assortment of paintings depicting colorful fish, turtles and other dreamy aqua ocean scenes.

Around a corner, however, the motif suddenly shifts into a riotous blast of primary colors, as huge paintings of Tootsie Rolls, Abba-Zaba bars and M&M’s engulf the viewer and stimulate the senses— especially the taste buds! The paintings are so vivid that you feel as if you could pluck the candy right off the canvas.

Welcome to the hyperrealistic world of Maui artists Peter and Madeline Powell. The couple merged their personal and professional lives almost 40 years ago, and are currently riding a long-running wave of popularity for their jointly created specialty: photo-realistic paintings of “Candy, toys and cars,” as Peter Powell puts it.

In addition to Maui, their work is offered in galleries in New York and San Francisco, and collectors span the globe. A Saudi prince bought candy portraits for everyone in his family: “The little princess got pink Hershey’s kisses; the little prince got a pile of Twizzlers, and the prince’s wife got a Kit Kat bar,” Peter recalls.

In recent years, special requests have risen to comprise almost half their yearly output of about 18 paintings, many from corporations. Nail polish manufacturer OPI commissioned a painting of an assortment of its polishes and shipped boxes of merchandise to the Powell’s studio in upcountry Maui.

“It made us very popular with our daughters,” Madeline says, smiling.

BMW asked for a painting of the luxury carmaker’s distinctive hood medallions, and a Midwest manufacturer of industrial springs ordered a supersized rendering of its products.

The biggest portrait they ever painted? An eight-by-twelve foot Hershey’s miniature chocolates assortment. A close second: a seven-by-twelve foot painting of a pile of Bazooka bubble gum.

In addition to candy, the Powells also paint gleaming renditions of classic cars, and colorful assortments of vintage toys. The couple’s sense of humor is never far from view: one painting of Raggedy Andy,

Pinocchio and three blonde Barbie dolls is titled, “Guys and Dolls.”

At the couple’s Pukalani home and studio, Peter’s passion for surfing and sound is amply displayed with stacks of surfboards in the garage and clusters of guitars around the house. Madeline loves to collect Pez dispensers—she has boxfuls—as well as vintage lunch boxes, which line the tops of her kitchen cabinets.

Although the duo is primarily painters, they take their work into other mediums as well. Madeline picks up a super-sized plywood box and explains that she will soon cover it with canvas, turning it into a 3-D rendition of the distinctive Barnum’s Animal Crackers packaging.

There are few specific duties in the complex process the couple undertakes to design each painting—often they stand side-by-side as they work. The various stages of creation are on display this day in their studio, starting with a box of assorted vintage candies that will be staged and photographed from all angles. Later, a sketch precisely detailing color and shading will be transferred to canvas, then masked and re-masked for the different painting stages. Peter offers up a jar of used X-Acto knives, saying, “We go through lots and lots of these in our work.”

The hardest task comes when the couple creates candy paintings using silver Hershey’s kisses or York Peppermint Patties. It’s what Madeline calls “The Foil Factor.”

“There’s no ‘silver’ color,” Peter explains, so various colors must be carefully mixed and applied to create a silver foil appearance.

California entrepreneur Steve Fulmer has a “foil factor” painting among the seven Powells hanging in his Newport Coast home.

“I don’t buy art as an investment; I consider it music for the eyes,” he says. “When you look at the Powells’ paintings, they are visually very pleasurable and evoke feelings of childhood nostalgia. They bring joy and celebrate life.”


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Sharp Shooters http://www.hiluxury.com/sharp-shooters/ http://www.hiluxury.com/sharp-shooters/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:01:56 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18150 These clever and extremely totable cameras go beyond the point-and-shoot realm.

From Instagram to Snapchat, the cameras on smartphones are easily today’s hardest working pieces of photography equipment. While users of “real cameras” from Nikon and Canon may sniff dismissively at the cameraphone, the best camera is always the one you have with you when you need it.

But sometimes, just sometimes, there’s a shot you just can’t get with your iPhone 6 or your HTC One. You can’t zoom in without making things blurry, and no photo filter app can fix every dimly-lit indoor picture.

Sure, you could grab a point-and-shoot camera. But if you’re willing to think different, there’s some interesting technology you can enlist to capture unique, memorable images.

Straddling the lines between amateur and professional (as well as photography and videography) is GoPro (gopro.com).

Their popular, boxy cameras aren’t much to look at, but they’re rugged, powerful, and make you want to live a much more interesting and active life.

Photos courtesy brands

Photos courtesy brands

GoPro released its HERO4 camera last fall, available in a Silver edition for $399 or Black for $499. The Silver can capture high-definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second and 5 megapixel photos, while the Black ramps video up to 30fps and has double the photo resolution. And they’re getting even better, with an update in February that added a native time-lapse video mode, rapid burst photo mode, and auto-rotate adjustments.

When it comes to innovation in the photography space, few technologies are as interesting as the “light-field camera” developed by Lytro (lytro.com). Taking a picture that’s in focus can be tricky for almost any camera, and sometimes, even when you get a sharp shot, you realize later that you wanted the flower in the foreground to be the focus, rather than the waterfall in the background.

Lytro’s solution was to develop a lens system that keeps everything in focus, at the same time. By capturing the entire light field of a scene with its microlens array, Lytro takes “living pictures” that let you adjust the focus after the fact, and even post interactive images that allows anyone to change the focal point of a picture.

The first-generation Lytro was a little box about the size of a large tube of lipstick, and you can still get it for $199 to $249, depending on how much memory you need. But if you fall in love with the technology, there’s the new Lytro Illum. It’s a full camera, with an 8x optical zoom, close-focus macro capability, and wireless connectivity, for $1,499. Innovation doesn’t come cheap.

If your smartphone comes first, but you still wish you could have some of the power of a DSLR system and real lenses, Sony’s line of “smartphone partner” cameras are perfect for you.

The Sony QX (store.sony.com) line of smartphone-attachable lens-style cameras quite literally convert your Apple or Android phone into something resembling a “real” camera, adding the features you just can’t fit into a thin slab of plastic. And while you can attach them to the back of your smartphone, they’re just as easy to use while held in your hand, even held over your head. Let’s see your Canon do that!

The latest model is the $349 Sony QX30, which gives you the power of a 30x optical zoom, a range usually reserved for professional camera lenses. The QX30 captures impressive 18 megapixel images, which it stores on board but can also send directly to your smartphone for easy sharing online. Low-light performance is better than almost any smartphone camera, and the video looks good, too.

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Pack & Play http://www.hiluxury.com/pack-play/ http://www.hiluxury.com/pack-play/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:55:42 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18145 Accessories to take with you on your future travels.


Clockwise from top: TUMI Alpha Bravo ‘Everett’ essential tote $345; EMPORIO ARMANI travel wallet with internal compartments $495; TUMI ‘Monaco’ gusseted card case with TUMI ID Lock technology in solar $95 and ‘Cooper’ travel kit $215; ALDEN unlined Chukka boot in chocolate suede, easy-to-pack, versatile and ultra-lightweight $515 from LEATHER SOUL.

Photos courtesy brands unless otherwise noted

Photos courtesy brands unless otherwise noted

TUMI ‘Accents’ kit with luggage tag, monogram patch, handle wrap and zipper-pull ties and zip pouch $85 (available in an assortment of colors)

DIOR HOMME black calfskin long zipped wallet with ‘In Between Visions’ print $1,000

LOUIS VUITTON Toiletry Bag in Damier Graphite canvas, price upon request (photo courtesy Louis Vuitton)

TUMI mobile power pack charger for cell phones and other USB devices $145

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Petal Pushers http://www.hiluxury.com/petal-pushers/ http://www.hiluxury.com/petal-pushers/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:45:22 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18139 These finishing touches are anything but garden variety.


Clockwise from top: ESCADA leather handbag with Botanica print $1,650; EMPORIO ARMANI ‘Water Lilies’ sunglasses with floral embellishment on temples $190; TUMI ‘Voyageur’ serra pouch in fossil floral $55; MARC BY MARC JACOBS wallet in dessert rose multi $128 from T GALLERIA HAWAII BY DFS.

Photos courtesy brands unless otherwise noted

Photos courtesy brands unless otherwise noted

From top to bottom, left to right:

TIFFANY & CO. flower ring with a cushion-shaped pink sapphire and pave diamonds and pink sapphires in platinum $90,000 (Carlton Davis photo/courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

LOUIS VUITTON floral firework stole featuring a playful twist of the iconic Monogram, price upon request (Malletier photo, courtesy Louis Vuitton)

HARRY WINSTON ‘Lily Cluster’ earrings, 18k yellow gold, price upon request

DIOR ‘Lady Dior’ bag with flowers-and-bugs embroidered satin $8,800

DIOR ‘Dior Cherie’ pump in flower-printed, glazed calfskin $900

SAMANTHA THAVASA ‘Island Lien’ purse inspired by the colors and flowers of the islands of Hawaiʻi $190 (available in red, pink and yellow)

FENDI embroidered ‘Orchid Print’ leather mini Peekaboo bag $3,950

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High Expectations http://www.hiluxury.com/high-expectations-2/ http://www.hiluxury.com/high-expectations-2/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:43:53 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=19007 For Kakaʻako’s future residents, it seems the only way to go is up.

Part two in HILuxury’s four-part luxury Honolulu condo series

The Collection is predominantly designed for local residents looking for an urban pedestrian component to their island lifestyle. Set for completion in late 2016, this A&B Properties development will add 465 new residential units to Kakaʻako.

The Collection’s five different buildings are a mix of retail and residential, with townhomes, lofts and a condo tower, called The Tower, featuring retail on the ground floor.

“This is an entire city block,” explains project architect Jeff Renterghem. “There are actually five buildings of different scale and use. Our retail will be on a small, neighborhood scale: not big box. It will be a mixed-use neighborhood. The color of the glass tint on the tower is rich, and provides a small amount of reflectivity. It’s a tower with a calm footprint, and an emphasis on street-level design elements.”

The Tower is currently rising on a spot that was once a gathering place for Native Hawaiians, a historical detail its designers wanted to refer to in the buildings’ sensibility.

“In the past, that piece of land had salt ponds,” explains Holly Boling Ruiz of Philpotts Interiors. “It was a fishing community. We wanted to make sure we tied back to the history of the land, and this place, that this new community would be living in—and that we translated it in a way that was familiar, yet with a more architectural and contemporary palette.”

The Philpotts team incorporated the colors and textures of that ancient community throughout the Tower’s interiors.

“The woven baskets Hawaiians would use to fish, or crafts they would make, were a starting point for the pattern in walls or floor coverings. We used the white color of salt, the charcoal gray of a rock wall, ambers and siennas, as a subtle reminder, a subconscious connection when people come in to the lobby of the land and culture of the area.”

Compared to many of the luxury projects underway in Kakaʻako, this project offered a competitive price point. In The Tower, prices ranged from the high $300,000’s for a one bedroom, to the low $1,000,000’s for a three bedroom. Remaining two bedroom units are priced at roughly $600,000. In The Lofts, they started in the mid $300,000’s for a studio loft, to the high $500,000’s for a two bedroom.

The building’s designers needed to balance cost with good design through strict attention to detail.

“It’s a challenge building something on Oʻahu,” Renterghem notes. “You have to use every piece of material that arrives on site to hit these price points. You need to have that understanding from day one, and provide that message in all the designs. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units within the condominium tower are sized more for the local [rather] than the seasonal market. The efficiently designed units are modern, working family pieces carefully balanced in design.”

Renterghem noted that, while A&B wanted to keep the price point moderate as compared to many of the luxury offerings in Kakaʻako, they wanted to make sure each unit had outdoor lanais and individual AC units. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and recreational deck on the 7th floor, cooking grills, a common area kitchen and party room, fitness and yoga rooms, and cabanas, which can be booked for owners for private events in an outdoor space.

“The amenity deck is both interior and exterior,” Ruiz says. “The interior space is the club room. It is multifunctional with a back kitchen and a butler’s kitchen that can be used by a caterer. The front area has an informal dining bar to have people over for dinner: a bar space, tables and chairs for playing cards for having a party.”

“It was very strategic not to have this building have so many amenities that the maintenance fees are crazy,” Ruiz notes. “It came down to, ‘What do you really need?'”

The building’s planners wanted to insure that residents also had a chance to connect with each other on the amenity deck, as well as in the lobby itself.

“They wanted to create places for people to gather, and lounge spaces to meet your friends. There’s a great opportunity in public spaces for it to be an opportunity for connection,” Ruiz says. “It’s much more than just your unit. In their lobby, we have a mailroom, created so it will be an integral part of the lobby. We have a high bar counter next to it, so you can sit on bar stools and check your email or do your work, almost like a library and a place to gather. In the front lobby, we put large punees, so people have a spot to hang out and read the paper, or meet your friends. There are three or four different areas for people to connect.”

Asked if this was a challenge, compared to the high luxury projects Philpotts has become renowned for, Ruiz says the price limitations were, in fact, an inspiration.

“I love projects that we’re not given free reign, when you have to be really creative and really thoughtful about choice of materials; it really makes you decisive.”

548-0260 or thecollectionhonolulu.com

Photos courtesy The Collection

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On Trend with Meleana Estes http://www.hiluxury.com/on-trend-with-meleana-estes/ http://www.hiluxury.com/on-trend-with-meleana-estes/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:37:35 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18133 Emilio Pucci's white poncho with embroidered flowers screams hippie chic.

Emilio Pucci’s white poncho with embroidered flowers screams hippie chic.

Fashion has a way of playing on our fantasies, taking us to a far-off place or allowing us to reinvent our identity—even if just for one night in a new dress. Fashion inspired by the early ’70s— arguably one of the most iconic fashion decades ever—does just that. Born from youth movements of the 1960s that rejected confining social norms, opposed the Vietnam War and celebrated gender equality, the “hippie style” represented the ideals of freedom. Gender differences in dress were wiped away, as loose-fitting clothing replaced the tight, uniform styles of the ’40s and ’50s; handmade details such as fringe, macramé and beading rejected consumerism.

By the early ’70s, this hippy aesthetic had infused mainstream culture, becoming a more wearable and widespread trend. Trends tend to have a rebirth every five to seven years, and we°ve seen ’70s nostalgia come around many times. However, the styles hitting the runways for Spring 2015—with their luscious fabrics and silk threaded details—offer the most sophisticated resurgence yet.

An office-appropriate rendition of boho from DVF.

An office-appropriate rendition of boho from DVF.

We spared from the ultra-constricting “skinny jean”—the dominant pant style (men included) for the last nine years—by this season’s hip-hugging flared pant legs and impressive bell bottoms. Dramatic white silk bell bottoms from Honor’s collection as well as chic, navy high-waist, wide-leg pants from Diane von Furstenberg both glamorize this pant shape that, in its usual faded denim, screams beatnik.

No designer incorporates refinement and beauty into the bohemian style of the ’70s more than Peter Dundas at Emilio Pucci. Whether it was his dress with embroidered macramé on tulle, the white crocheted fringed poncho or a jeweled embroidered tunic, exquisite detail in the entire collection was jaw dropping.

Fortunately, this spring’s renditions of the lacy peasant blouses, luxurious suede jackets, earth-toned floppy hats and feminine pant suits of the ’70s have grown up a bit—but not too much to still awaken that uninhibited free spirit in us all.

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Punahou grad and Fashion Institute of Technology alumna Meleana Estes gives us her take on the hottest runway trends. A trendsetter in her own right, her designs for her eponymous handbag line and modern take on resort attire for aloha wear purveyor Manuhealiʻi have garnered rave reviews.

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Basel Whirled http://www.hiluxury.com/basel-whirled/ http://www.hiluxury.com/basel-whirled/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:23:17 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=18845 Get the first look at the latest timepieces showcased at this year’s highly lauded watch show.

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Tech Turner

Photo courtesy Mont Blanc

Photo courtesy Mont Blanc

The digital sphere is getting stylishly smart. For the first time in the fine watch realm, centuries-old Swiss beauty meets millennial intelligence, courtesy Montblanc’s TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch. The luxury watchmaker’s 2015 foray into wearable technology market touts an interchangeable strap, activity tracker (calculates steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned), smart notifications (email, text and social media notifications), Find-Me function (range: 30 meters), among other of-the-moment bells and whistles, including a camera and music player. With the ability to sync to Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy, the TimeWalker’s functionality places it at the forefront in the running to replace your oscillating namesake. As an added bonus, the collection’s versatile e-Strap complements all three TimeWalker watches: a chronograph, UTC and three-hand model. And fashioned of Montblanc’s signature, water-, heat- and fire-resistant Extreme Leather, the e-Strap is guaranteed to last long beyond the next iOS upgrade.

Price upon request at montblanc.com

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