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Gowns and tuxedos. Corsages and boutonnieres. It must be prom season

After nearly two years without proms, students are finally getting to experience the special event.
Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 10:58 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Proms are back. And so is prom business.

Hanson Nguyen, owner of Hawaii Events Unlimited, said they had their first prom of the year a week ago and described it as a breath of fresh air.

“It makes up for a lot of heartache for the last two years,” said Nguyen.

The event company geared up for a busy 2020 season, but Nguyen said the week in-person events shut down they lost 17 proms.

“You’re talking like $80,000 to $90,000 in profit pulled from under us,” said Nguyen.

“It’s definitely been tough I mean we definitely relied on the PPP loans and things like that, but it’s really good to be back.”

It’s also been tough for formal wear shops.

Just a few doors down from Vows Bridal and Formal, a tuxedo shop closed when business came to a halt. “So we had to drain our savings to basically pay the rent for the last two years,” said the manager of Vows Bridal and Formal.

Corsages and boutonnieres are a hot commodity right now, keeping Flower Shop Waikiki busy.

“Last week, we had the prom here at Hilton Hawaiian Village, so we made some wristlets and boutonnieres for like last minute customers as well,” said Akiko Okamoto, floral designer of Flower Shop Waikiki.

Mililani High School Student Ashton Valdez is prepping for his prom and ready to live it up with his fellow seniors.

“I remember being a freshman and I was thinking like, high school is going to last forever,” said Valdez. “And now I’m senior and I’m going to prom, it’s kind of crazy.”

“It’s kind of overwhelming experience.”

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