Hula in front of the Conservatory

Celebrate Hawai‘i Weekend: Fashion & Design

July 28 & 29, 2018


Style takes center stage with Hawaiian fashion and design. Don a Hawaiian shirt and join us for kapa-making, witness traditional tattoo demonstrations, and get a glimpse into the evolution of fashion in Hawai‘i and the cultural influences that inspire the contemporary designs of today.

Pop-Up Fashion Shoot with Manaola Yap

Fountain of Life
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Join us at the Fountain of Life as models present the fashion of Hawai’i’s hottest new designer, Manaola Yap. Interact with Manaola, discover how his fashion translates the spirituality and beauty of Hawaiian culture—and take your own Instagram-worthy photos!

Manaola & Nani Lim Yap by Vision Horse Media

Lei Dress-Making with Bliss Lau

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza

New York-based, Hawaii-raised designer Bliss Lau will be showcasing her BODYLEI concept with partner Meleana Estes to create floral garments in a unique on-sight presentation. The floral garments, a hybrid between Bliss’s signature body chains and the art of lei, are inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i paintings and translated as wearable art on the female form.

Bodylei - Photo of a women standing by the water

Kapa-Making with Micah Kamohoali’i

Visitor Center
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Watch expert Micah Kamohoali’i perform the ancient Hawaiian tradition of kapa-making; a traditional Hawaiian fabric made from the beaten fibers of the paper mulberry or breadfruit plants.


NYBG Fashion Walk

Conservatory Plaza
2 p.m.

In this special fashion show, modern Hawaiian fashion designers come together to showcase their work which incorporates traditional methods within modern fashion design.

A model wearing one of Manaola Yap's designs.

Images on this page provided by:
Hawaii Tourism Authority / Heather Goodman