Writing for Huffington Post Weird News! Maui fashion video on HuffPost Travel: Nina Kuna’s Hawaiian tropical jewelry.
It’s been a good week… I’ve begun writing for Huffington Post Weird News, and my Hawaii video is published on Huff Post Travel!
My film team and I jumped at the chance to interview Maui’s chefs and designers. But what awaited us? I had daunting visions of eating a roast pig while wearing a coconut bra.
The island, it turns out, has open-air restaurants influenced by Asian plantation culture, and a surprisingly forward fashion scene. Watch my travel video on Huffington Post to see what I uncovered.
I hope the “dressing room montage” made you smile! I’ve always wanted to film one.
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So, what did I learn in Maui? This “shaka” hand sign. Shake it to say “hang loose.”
I also found out that Maui designers are a talented bunch, warm and influenced by their beach-and-wave surroundings.
My crew and I filmed with Nina Kuna, young jewelry designer. She visited Maui, fell in love and made it home. Her design’s colors and materials reflect her love for the island.
Nina turns natural found materials, such as shells washed up on Maui shores, into jewelry castings.
Her braided wrap bracelet, strung with a gold-cast cowrie shell, is one of her most popular items. She generously gave my filmmaker and me a bracelet each! Nina also sells rings, earrings, necklaces, and bangles via her site.
La Carmina’s outfit…
Floral printed soirée silk skirt: gifted by Nanette Lepore — get it here
Black and white sunhat: from Hong Kong (similar to this hat by Emma Fielden). I decorated it with a fresh yellow protea flower.
White layered top: vintage
Lace jacket: handmade
Skull leather bracelet: gifted by Good Art
Nina’s work space, strung with bangles and beads.
On the wall, a mood board plots her next collection. Nina’s also a professional photographer, whose food images often appear in magazines.
Whenever I wear her bracelet, I’ll think of Maui.
We also filmed the Maggie Coloumbe boutique in Whaler’s Village, Lahaina. Corsets — yes!
Many of Maggie’s silk designs are inspired by her Korean heritage, such as the deep sleeves and gold prints. She first became interested in fashion as a child, playing in her grandmother’s suits.
On this Maui press trip, I wore leather rock star accessories by Good Art Hollywood. Basil Farrow appreciates the bubble wrap they sent us.
Mahalo also to Nanette Lepore, who dressed me in florals.
In addition to the Travel section, I’m now also writing for HuffPost Weird News. Here’s my first article, deflating the rumors about Japanese bagel head inflation.
I also posted a video clip: the complete National Geograhic “Taboo” segment about bagelheads! This is the only place where you can watch it in full, so take a look. (Behind-the-scenes photos by Chiara Mischke.)
PS: you can keep up with all my Huffington Post articles by following La Carmina’s author page.
I leave you with the incomparable Hawaiian sunset under palm trees. Ahh…
Are you surprised by Maui’s local fashion scene? Did you drool over the sushi and bentos in my Hawaii video?