HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Discover the best of Hawaiian high fashion at the 6th Annual MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) Wearable Arts Show. The sought out fashion extravaganza featuring the latest creations by both Hawaii's newest and local designers alike, will be held at the historic Hawai'i Theatre on Thursday, May 17, 2012 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a silent auction from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., fashion show from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and new this year, a unique trunk show in the outdoor courtyard adjacent to the theatre from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The 6th Annual MAMo Wearable Arts Show is known for showcasing the brightest talent each year and this year is no different. The designers who were handpicked to share their latest designs include (in alphabetical order) Maile Andrade, Manuhealiʻi, Marques Marzan, Keone Nunes, Nita Pilago, Harinani Orme, and Baba Yap. All designers and silent auction artists are all of Native Hawaiian ancestry. A special appearance and lua (ancient Hawaiian martial art form) demonstration will also be made by Pa Ku'i A Lua.
Says Vicky Holt Takamine, director of MAMo, "In looking at our programs, I wanted an event that could generate income for MAMo to lessen the dependency on grants and create an opportunity where we could develop art buyers. I also recognize that our art is not just what you frame and put on the wall, but what we wear everyday, and especially for ceremonial purposes." She continues, "Our adornments, kakau (tattoo), unique ways of wearing a simple pareau (wrap) are works of art. The MAMo Wearable Art Show is an opportunity for visual artists to expand their artwork from their normal medium to include 'wearable art'.
As MAMo continues to grow in popularity on O'ahu, the program has now expanded to reach out to the neighbor island partners including exhibits at the Wailo Art Gallery in Hilo, April 6 - 27, 2012 and MAMo Arts Market at Kahilu Town Hall, Waimea, Hawaii Island, May 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tickets for the 6th Annual MAMo Wearable Arts Show are available at $20., $35., and $50. (ticket prices also includes Hawaiʻi Theatre's Restoration Fee) and can be purchased at the Hawai'i Theatre box office located at 1130 Bethel Street. For further ticket information, call 808.528.0506. For MAMo information, call 808.237.4555 or email.