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MAMo Wearable Art Show to debut on Hawaii Island

A model displays MAMo wearable art made by designer Keone Nunes. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHILU BY KAPULANI LANDGRAF)
A model displays MAMo wearable art made by designer Keone Nunes. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHILU BY KAPULANI LANDGRAF)

In celebration of Maoli Arts Month, or MAMo, the PA’I Foundation will debut their infamous Wearable Art Show on Hawaii Island at Kahilu Theare, at 7 p.m. on May 31.

This fashion show will feature native Hawaiian designers in a fashion show like you’ve never seen. Artist Micah Kamohoali’i will open with a hula using original kapa costumes, followed by, Wahine Toa, with everyday Hawaiian wear, Maile Andrade exuding a ’60s mod feel, Keone Nunes with kakau, Living Hula with a local ready-to-wear line and Marques Marzan showing off haute couture designs.

Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and award winning musician Robert Cazimero will emcee the event, which incorporates Hawaiian performing arts into the runway show. The Kahilu foyer will host lei makers, Hawaiian food and a trunk show of the designers’ ready-to-wear attire. The wearable art showcased includes both traditional and contemporary garments worn for ceremonial rituals, cultural practices, and adornments.

Proceeds from the MAMo Wearable Arts Show benefit the PA‘I Foundation. Tickets are $60 or $35 depending on seating preference. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868.