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Kamaka Ukulele celebrates 100th with Reyn Spooner collaboration

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May 6th, 2016



PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMFrom left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

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From left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

Kamaka Ukulele continued its centennial celebration this week with the debut of two new aloha shirt designs released in collaboration with Reyn Spooner.

Second-generation owners Sam Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Sr. were on hand at Reyn’s downtown storefront on Wednesday to enjoy pupu from Tiki’s Grill and Bar and cocktails by mixologist Joey Gottesman. Third generation owners Chris Kamaka, Casey Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Jr. were also part of the celebration.

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“Our collaboration with Kamaka is something really special,” said Reyn Spooner president Kirk Hubbard. “We’re really happy we could support their 100th year anniversary. It was a lot of fun sharing in their celebration.”

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Fred Kamaka, Jr. serves as business manager for his family’s company and spoke on their behalf.

“This is a wonderful milestone year for us, but it’s not just a celebration of the business and it’s not just a celebration of the family, but it’s a celebration of the ukulele as an instrument,” he said. “We couldn’t have lasted this long without the support of the people of Hawaii who have kept us going all these years.”

The 100th anniversary aloha shirts come in two designs. The Kamaka Ukulele 100 Years is offered in red, navy and charcoal and made from Spooner Kloth in Reyn’s classic relaxed fit.

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The Kamaka Ukulele Contour design is offered in Reyn’s Modern fit and made from Tahitian cotton; colors available are black, blue and maroon.

Both designs retail for about $100 and are available for purchase online at reynspooner.com.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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South returns to 'Runway' cast

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September 8th, 2013



To say life has changed a lot for local designer Andy South since his third place finish on Lifetime Television's "Project Runway" in 2010 would be a gross understatement.

Ari South, left, at the grand opening of the Andy South Atelier in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

Ari South, left, at the grand opening of the Andy South Atelier in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

First, she is now Ariyaphon Southiphong — Ari South, for short — after beginning the transition to life as a woman in 2011. After the show aired, she opened the Andy South Atelier in Chinatown and her clothing line got picked up by Neiman Marcus.

While the majority of her designs are geared toward her ready-to-wear customers, you can also spot South's creations on local beauty pageant contestants who often search her out for handmade dresses that combine classic beauty with modern sophistication.

But South's true fans already know all this, as she has been forthcoming with her journey every step of the way via social media and press interviews. Those tuning in for the first time when "Project Runway All Stars" returns in October may be in for a surprise.

South herself was surprised to find out she was invited back for another round of competition.

"I was invited in April," said South, who turns 27 on Sept. 9. "It was strange because I was in the car talking to Andy Bumatai about hoping to get asked to do 'All Stars' and that's when they called!

"You really do attract the things you want if you send it out with intent."

The third season of "Project Runway All Stars" premieres Oct. 24 and will feature 11 designers.

Along with South, they are:

» Daniel Esquivel (season 11, fourth place)

» Melissa Fleis (season 10, third place)

» Seth Aaron Henderson (season seven winner)

» Mychael Knight (season three, fourth place)

» Viktor Luna (season nine, third place)

» Korto Momolu (season five, runner-up)

» Christopher Palu (season 10, fourth place)

» Jeffery Sebella (season three winner)

» Elena Slivnyak (season 10, sixth place)

» Irina Shabayeva (season six winner)

Judges for the upcoming season are Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, with Zanna Roberts Rassi serving as a mentor to the designers. Alyssa Milano will host.

The designers set to participate in the third season of "Project Runway All Stars" on Lifetime Television. (Courtesy photo)

The designers set to participate in the third season of "Project Runway All Stars" on Lifetime Television. (Courtesy photo)

In addition to Mizrahi and Chapman, celebrity guest judges scheduled to participate include Kristin Chenoweth, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Cannon, Bar Refaeli. "Project Runway" judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, along with previous show winners Christian Siriano (season four), Anya Ayoung-Chee (season two), Mondo Guerra ('All Stars' season one) and Anthony Ryan Auld ('All Stars' season two) will also return this season.

South said she is ready to get back in front of the cameras.

"I am feeling so strong going back (after) having a few years to build my brand," she said. "That has been my goal from the start of the business soon after season eight, and I have not slowed down at all.

"I am both excited and nervous, but most of all, I am confident. This time, for keeps."

South returned to Honolulu Community College for "Andy South Day" in 2010. (Star-Advertiser File)

South returned to Honolulu Community College for "Andy South Day" in 2010. (Star-Advertiser File)

According to show's website, this season's winner will win the "largest prize package in 'Runway' history," including a feature in Marie Claire magazine as well as a job as contributing editor for a year, computer equipment from HP and Intel, a year's supply of resource Natural Spring Water and a trip for two to Southeast Asia (courtesy the company), hair styling and photography services from Alterna Haircare, beauty products from Mary Kay and a custom sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery — plus $150,000 to launch the winning designer's new line.

Viewers will also be able to vote for a "fan favorite" designer by visiting their designated profile online; click here to visit South's page. Social media users are also asked to include the hashtag #DesignerAri when mentioning South's appearance on the show.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Linkin Park partners with Hard Rock

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August 20th, 2013



In an effort to raise awareness — and money — for more than one billion people without access to electricity, rock band Linkin Park's non-profit organization Music for Relief has partnered with Hard Rock Cafe and the global restaurant chain's Power the World initiative.

A portion of the money from sales of these “Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31” T-shirts will be donated to the band's non-profit organization. (Courtesy Hard Rock International)

A portion of the money from sales of these “Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31” T-shirts will be donated to the band's non-profit organization. (Courtesy Hard Rock International)

To help generate funds, the Grammy Award-winning group is the latest to be featured in Hard Rock's “Signature Series Lineup,” which resulted in the limited-edition “Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31” T-shirt.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington helped unveil the new shirts, available exclusively at select Hard Rock restaurants worldwide, at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo Roppongi on Aug. 9.

“The most exciting part of our partnership with Hard Rock is that it helps people,” said Shinoda, who created the design used on the shirts. “There are people in the world who cook dinner over fires and people who have to perform emergency surgery at night via candlelight.

“The proceeds of this shirt will buy clean-energy cook stoves for families who only have access to dirty cooking materials which are bad for the environment and bad for their health. It will buy ‘solar suitcases’ to power things like hospital lights and medical devices in remote areas of the world without energy access.

“By dedicating funds to Music for Relief, this Hard Rock T-shirt project promotes sustainable energy awareness and helps people who need it.”

Linkin Park's “Signature Series” shirts feature an updated version of the band's iconic logo, with signatures of each member of the band printed on the back with a city-specific Hard Rock logo. Priced at $26 each, 15 percent of each sale will be donated to Music for Relief.

The shirts — black for men and purple for women — are now on sale at Hard Rock Cafe's Waikiki restaurant and online at www.hardrock.com.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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VIDEO: BLVQ by Matt Bruening

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December 27th, 2012



Local fashion designer Matt Bruening helped blogger Christa "SuperCW" Wittmier celebrate her birthday with a fashion show for his 2013 holiday collection, BLVQ, during Wittmier's "Last Ever" party and Pow Wow Hawaii fundraiser at The Republik on Dec. 21.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Slick comes home to celebrate

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September 7th, 2011



It's been a while since the artist and clothing designer known as Slick has actually lived in Hawaii.

Hawaii-born artist and clothing designer Slick returns home this weekend to celebrate at SoHo Mixed Media Bar. (Courtesy Dissizit)

Still, the 1985 Aiea High School graduate feels a close connection to his home state through regular visits, and hopes the rock that raised him will support the eighth anniversary of his successful label, Dissizit.

"The thing with Hawaii right now (is) there's that push for supporting Hawaii artists and music," Slick said last week via telephone from his current residence in Los Angeles. "So I think it's important to get it out that I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm always a local boy at heart, so hopefully people will see that and want to support me, too."

Even if you've never heard of Dissizit (or any of Slick's previous brand efforts, like Third Rail, Shaolin Worldwide or Fuct), the lineup assembled for the anniversary at SoHo Mixed Media Bar this Friday, Sept. 9, is a must-see for any self-respecting hip-hop fan. Digital Underground founding member Money B will perform, with the Dilated Peoples' Rakaa Iriescience and DJ Babu also making the trip to Honolulu. Local hip-hop will be represented on the bill by Monarx.

But the biggest name to bless this birthday party is undoubtedly Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of the legendary hip-hop trio Run DMC. Slick collaborated with him on a line of T-shirts, and the partnership quickly turned into something much bigger.

'Dissizit 8th Anniversary'

With special guests DMC, Rakaa Iriescience, DJ Babu, Money B, Scott Knoxx, Phoreyz and local openers Monarx

» Where: SoHo Mixed Media Bar, 80 S. Pauahi St.

» When: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9

» Cost: $40 ($28 advance tickets available)

» Info: Click here for info and to purchase tickets online

» Note: DMC will participate in a meet-and-greet session at Prototype in Pearlridge at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9

"It was a trip when the whole thing went down," said Slick. "I always wanted to do a collaboration. … The Run DMC logo is so iconic. Everyone rips off that logo … but I wanted to do it legit, so I went straight to the source.

"And so, I threw a hail mary — and he was into it. We did a T-shirt, and then, when we were making our mixtape, we went and asked him … to say a shout out. But he liked the track we sent him so much, he said he'd do the whole song. And then he was like, why don't we do a video for it?"

Slick was gracious enough to answer a few more questions before our conversation ended last week. Check the Pulse tomorrow for an interview with Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.

QUESTION: Can you talk a little more about your partnership with DMC. What does it mean to be working with a living legend in the hip-hop community?

ANSWER: When I get around him, it's like little kid time. When I started b-boying, we started to breakdance on cardboard with Run DMC. This was our music, so it was a trip. We were stoked to get him to say a shout out on our mixtape.

How many times do you have to work with the king himself? So I kicked my staff into gear and we made this sick video on a shoestring budget. It looks like a million bucks. I just looked at the finished product today, and it's amazing. I still trip on the fact that it's DMC.

Q: Why is it important to you to have this anniversary party in Honolulu?

A: Hawaii is where I'm from, and I grew up with hip-hop and b-boying. I always want to come back to Hawaii, eventually. That's my goal, to move back. So anytime I can include the islands in something, I feel like it's my hometown and if I'm gonna celebrate, I want to celebrate at home. Especially when we found out DMC was on board, I thought it was important to put on a good show in Hawaii.

My family still lives there. In Aiea.

This special edition T-shirt commemorating Dissizit's 8th anniversary is available for purchase at Prototype. (Courtesy Dissizit)

Q: Would your life and career have turned out the way it did if you had made the choice to stay in Hawaii?

A: No. I had to grow as an artist. Not to say you can't grow in Hawaii, but not the way I wanted to.

The path I chose, Hawaii really wasn't the place to grow. I was moving more towards the city with my street art. But like I said, I want to eventually move back. I want to raise my family in Hawaii. Right now we're doing our thing in L.A.

Q: How long do you plan to ride things out with Dissizit? Would you attempt to launch a new brand or product if the opportunity presented itself?

A: Dissizit was the last brand I was going to do. That's how the name came about. I've been in the game for a minute. And the whole thing was, this is it. This was the last time I was going to do it. I was giving it my last crack. And it's a double meaning too, after that line in "Style Wars."

It wasn't until maybe the last four and half years or so that it began to take off. The first four years were tough. And then things started to turn around. Even with the economy and everything, we're still going. I'm really happy we're able to make it this far. But I'm pretty firm that this is it. I'm not trying to start any other brands or projects, clothing-wise. We have some possible plans to expand the Dissizit brand. We have some other channels we can expand into.

But as far as starting something totally different? Nah. If I'm gonna do anything, I'd want to get back into my art. I love just creating images and things. And when I see people wearing it, I get happy inside. The money makes it possible for us to continue to do it, so that's why I appreciate the fans' support.

My long term plan is that I want to just come back to Hawaii and focus on my art. To make that happen, though, we're going to have to take our brand to that point where it can run itself. And that's difficult because we've never sold out, and it's kept us kind of underground. I always resort back to whether or not I like something I produce. And it gets difficult at times because I'm not the demographic we sell to … but the graff thing and the music keeps me young. That graff mentality of trying to keep it hot and on the edge keeps me going.

And then the street wear (industry) is so competitive. A big problem we have is that we try and come up with the cool stuff, and then it's almost like the bigger companies watch what we do, and then if it hits, they jump on it and exploit it. Being the smaller guy, sometimes it's hard to capitalize on that hype. But we do what we do and keep plugging away.

Q: Any suggestions for Hawaii-based artists trying to make a name for themselves?

A: I don't want to give them bad advice and tell them to get off the rock, but you have to leave at some point to get out and explore and see what's out there.

I'm not saying that's the only way to succeed, but for what I did, I had to leave and find myself and figure out that I wanted to come back. Just follow your dreams as long as you can and try not to let reality slap you in the face. Everyday life and bills and things that bring you down eventually start to control your life. When we were young, we never had any of those worries or concerns. I was really into finding myself as an artist. And that's when my most interesting work happened, in the late 80s and early 90s. I didn't have the pressures of running a company.

So, I'd say chase it while you can, while you have your youth. And then align yourself into a position where you can keep doing it when you get older. I'm lucky, no matter how old I am, I can always keep creating. It's not like an athlete, where there's a window.

To the kids: stay true. It's okay to imitate different artists, but at a certain point you have to pull away and develop your own style. I'll be the first to admit, when I first started, I was jocking Futura and them hard. But you have to keep evolving. Don't get stuck.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Hawaiian Sun, H.I.C. team up

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June 28th, 2011



The new boardshorts from Hawaiian Sun and Hawaiian Island Creations. (Star-Advertiser photos by Jason Genegabus)

If you're under, say, 25 years old, this post isn't for you. I don't really think there's a way for someone that young to fully grasp how cool these new boardshorts from Hawaiian Island Creations really are.

For those who grew up in the 1980's and early 1990's, this collaboration between two of the biggest brands from small kid time will surely make you do a double-take. There was a time when all my parents stocked in our fridge was Hawaiian Sun Passion Orange and Pass-O-Guava. And for a long time, local kids had just two choices when it came to boardshorts — H.I.C. or Town & Country Surf.

Now, a special, limited edition pair of boardshorts is available for purchase. Part of Hawaiian Island Creations' "Hydro Superstretch Series," the boardshorts are made with a blend of polyester and spandex — the latter of which gives them a stretchy feel. Hawaiian Sun logos are included on the inside of the waistband and one of the legs to go with all the images of the different cans the company distributes.

According to a representative from Hawaiian Sun, the boardshorts retail for about $60 and are available for purchase via the H.I.C. and Hawaiian Sun websites, or via one of their licensed online retailers. The boardshorts come in two colors, back and green, although the black ones are more difficult to come by.

This isn't the first time H.I.C. has partnered with another iconic local business. They recently designed a pair of boardshorts in collaboration with L&L Drive Inn.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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McKenna Maduli making moves on MTV

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May 12th, 2011



Bruno Mars isn't the only person from Hawaii making regular appearances on MTV these days. For McKenna Maduli, her day-to-day adventures see her crossing paths with some pretty big names as the west coast correspondent for the cable network's daily countdown show, "The Seven."

McKenna Maduli. (Courtesy photo)

"It's fun," said the daughter of veteran local entertainment power couple Kata and Janet Maduli from Los Angeles earlier this week. "I do this webshow called 'NextMovie Daily,'(and) I got an email today that we're going to be shooting double shows at the MTV Movie Awards all week.

"I've been really lucky. I'm not one of these Hollywood girls. ... All I want to do, and it sounds so cheesy, but all I want to do is represent (Hawaii)."

Maduli returned to Honolulu on Wednesday for a few days of rest and relaxation before heading to Aloha Tower Marketplace on Saturday to host the "Throwback Jam," a concert featuring some of the very artists she grew up around at her parents' Kalihi home.

"I just grew up with all of that around me, so it was really cool," she said. "My dad is a Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner and a pretty bad-ass bass player. I grew up at Makaha Bashes making backstage passes with my mom.

"I grew up with Uncle IZ. And Davey D was hanging at my house when he was just an intern at FM-100!"

Maduli covered Spring Break for MTV this year and got to chat with Snoop Dogg, right, who told her he could tell she was from Hawaii. (Photo courtesy MTV)

While her father has enjoyed success locally, the younger Maduli saw her future on the mainland — before landing at MTV, she worked at various other online publications as a writer and in front of the camera as a host with Billboard.tv. She still rubs elbows with plenty of stars now that she's hit the big time, but Maduli gets more excited when she can tell stories about working with other locals in Hollywood.

"Bruno, for instance, I've known him since he was small," she said. "He would come out with (former DisGuyz member) Jason Lent to Justin (Young)'s shows at Burbank Bar & Grill. Just a little while ago, I was watching a friend sleeping on another friend's couch. And now he's a superstar.

Maduli and Alicia Keys, right. (Photo courtesy Billboard)

And just last night, I was out with (Hawaii-based musicians) Anuhea (Jenkins) and Kimie (Miner) in Santa Monica. They just killed it. This next generation of artists are coming out, and I think it's just our time. I think we need a voice (and) I want to be a part of that movement.

Still, Saturday's "Throwback Jam" will be a walk down memory lane for Maduli, with the likes of Ho`aikane, Fiji, Mana`o Company, Leahi, Bruddah Waltah, Jamin the Chief Ragga, Ilona Irvine, Typical Hawaiians, and Na Wai set to perform. It will also provide her with an opportunity to help raise funds for the Mana Ma'oli recording project set to ramp up production later this year.

"I'm so stoked to be coming home," said Maduli. "I think it's really cool that I can do this live thing on MTV and then, a couple of days later, be 10 minutes away from my home at Aloha Tower hosting the 'Throwback Jam' with my friends."

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

'Throwback Jam 2011'

Featuring Ho`aikane, Fiji, Mana`o Company, Leahi, Bruddah Waltah, Jamin the Chief Ragga,

Ilona Irvine, Typical Hawaiians, and Na Wai

Hosted by McKenna Maduli

» Where: The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace

» When: 6 p.m. May 14, 2011

» Cost: $25 general admission, $45 VIP

» Info: 545-5900 or hifinest.com

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