Friday, September 30, 2011

The First Half of September 9月前半

On Saturday, September 3rd, there was an event called Couture Hawai‘i at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). It featured latest runway collections of aloha wear and couture fashions from well-known Hawai‘i designers: Anne Namba from O‘ahu, Maggie Coulombe from Maui and Bernard Foong of Wailea in addition to vintage Alfred Shaheen apparel. The University of Hawai‘i – Maui College’s Couture Club student collection will also be shown.  

AND my Maui auntie, Emi Azeka, the gifted milliner (a fancy way to say hat maker) presented her fabulous art pieces there as well. I was there as one of her helpers that night. Her work is called Chapeaux Emi (chapeaux is a French word for hat designer).  Her hats are all handmade, and all are one-of-a-kind!! I was so glad because she did well in terms of sales, yet what was most satisfying for me was to see people's faces change as they witness their beauty in a mirror.  Some were hesitant to try a hat maybe because they believed that they don't look nice in a hat, but as soon as they put one on, their face was lighten up and I could see sparkles in their eyes.

Emi's hats are made that way. They bring out people's natural beauty and let them be who they are, not to change them to someone they are not.

9月3日(土)に、マウイ アーツ アンド カルチュラル センター(MACC)にて、コウチャーハワイというイベントがありました。(コウチャーとは日本語でファッションデザイナー関連といった意味です。)そこでは、ハワイを代表するデザイナーたちの最新のアロハウェアとファッションがランウェイを歩くモデルさんたちによって発表されました。



Here is a picture of me wearing one of Emi's vintage Panama hats (I don't own it, but it was nice to wear it all night :) It is a beautiful art form and is unfortunately on the edge of extinction because there are less people who can weave like that. One of Emi's hats was woven in 1940's! She blocks them and shapes them into hats. These hats remind me of my grandpa who was a bamboo weaver in Japan. (He did not have a student, so his knowledge and skill were unfortunately not passed on.)


The team of the night!
From Left: Emi's friend, me, Emi, and April

I never knew that there was this old bulging behind the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center after living on Maui for 10 years. I wondered what this was and posted the photo on facebook. Then, some of my friends answered me right away. (This is one of moments when I think "Wow, Facebook!")  It was Maui Pineapple Cannery. The mall used to be owned by Maui Land and Pineapple.  One of my friends wrote, "See the roof layout. Those are windows that allow light in, but I bet they face north (he was right). That is a cool style, don't make em like that anymore. Now we just work under florescent lights." At age 28, I finally understood why icons (symbols) for factories on maps often had this zig-zag looking roof! I never knew!!

カフルイにあるクイーン・カフマヌ・ショッピングセンターの裏にこんな建物があるなんて、マウイに10年も住んでるのに初めて知りました。一体何かしら?と思い早速フェイスブックに載せてみたら、3人のお友達がすぐにコメントしてくれました。(こういうとき、フェイスブックすごいな!と思う。)この建物はマウイ・パイナップル・キャナリーだったそうです。昔はマウイ ランド アンド パイナップル社がショッピングモールを所有していたそうです。ある友人のコメントによると、「ほら、屋根のレイアウトを見てごらんよ。外からの光が入ってくるようにデザインされているんだよ。でもきっと北側を向いてるはずだけど。(当たってる!)いいスタイルだよね。もうこんな風には作られてないからね。近年では蛍光灯の下で働くだけさ。」とのこと。28歳にして、初めて、なぜゆえに小さい頃から見てきた地図などに描かれた工場の印がギザギザの屋根をしているのかを知りました!!いやぁ勉強になったなぁ。

My friend April grew these mini tomatoes and gave me. They were very yummy, tasted like the sun.


Our neighbors gave these avocados. He has been giving us so generously, and this time, he left them on the grass like this. I discovered them in the morning and felt warmth in my heart. Don't they look like eggs?


I learned that vapor could be very hot and burn you in a science class when I was an elementary school student, so I knew, but for the first time, I burned myself with steam when I was cooking. I accidentally put my right wrist over the little hole of the hot boiling pot lid. 


When I took the above photo above, the thing was kind of bubbly and soft, and I enjoyed touching it gently :) My friend told me not to let it break, so I was careful.


And it looks like today. You can kind of see it, but it's healed pretty much. Our bodies are amazing, aren't they??? I was so amazed; I couldn't help to take photos of the healing process!


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