On Nicole, left: Alexander Wang leather bralette, Eskander pants and knit coat; Neiman Marcus. Michael Kors necklace, Emporio Armani sunglasses and clutch; DFS Waikiki. Shoes, model’s own. On Jazmine, right: Korean chima skirt; stylist’s own. Earrings, belt, and top; Barrio Vintage. Salvatore Ferragamo bag and shoes; Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques.
On Mahina, left: Hand-dyed pā‘ū skirt, shell kūpe‘e and necklace; Nālani Kanaka‘ole, Hālau o Kekuhi. Alexander Wang leather bralette; Neiman Marcus. On Nicole, right: Stella McCartney jacket, Phillip Lim top, Giorgio Armani pants; Neiman Marcus. Shoes; model’s own.
On Jazmine, left: Victoria Beckham dress, St. John cropped jacket, and Saint Laurent clutch; Neiman Marcus. On Mahina, right: Jean Paul Gaultier dress; Neiman Marcus. Shoes; stylist’s own.
The hula costumes featured in this spread were worn at the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival and were all made by hand by students of Hālau o Kekuhi under the direction of kumu Nālani Kanaka‘ole. The fabric is dyed by hand with vegetable dyes and the prints stamped by hand. The kūpe‘e, the implements worn around the wrists and ankles, were also made by the students; often it takes months to collect enough shells and lauhala to make one implement. “What the students learn is the holistic cycle of hula,” Kanaka‘ole says, “and how it’s not only about the performing, but it is also learning the arts and crafts that come with it. It all concurs upon the dancer when she is dancing, and so it adds to the strength of the performance.”
Photographed by John Hook• Styled by Aly Ishikuni • Styling assistants: Reise Kochi & Matt Gonzalez • Makeup by Dulce Apana, Timeless Classic Beauty • Hair by Risa Hoshino & Isabella Hashimoto • Models: Mahina Alexander, Jazmine Perry, and Nicole Hesslink, Niche Models and Talent • Location: Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village