Kojo Couture, 19th & Whimsy to Headline Zonta Fashion Frenzy

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The Zonta Club of Hilo will present Zonta Fashion Frenzy on Feb. 9, 10 and 11, 2017, headlined by Maui’s Koa Johnson of Kojo Couture and Oahu’s Lauren Hayashibara of 19th & Whimsy.

More than 60 local designers and businesses will participate over the course of the three-day event.

Fashion Frenzy puts the Zonta club’s mission—empower women through service and advocacy—into action by creating a venue for local designers and women-owned businesses to showcase their unique talents and products.


The event kicks off Thursday, Feb. 9, with Dine Like a Diva at 6:30 p.m. at Wainaku Executive Center. Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Catering and Casey Halpern of Café Pesto will prepare a locally sourced, fashion-inspired menu. Each pūpū will incorporate a fashion element by a participating designer, from garment silhouette and fabric texture/color to collection theme.

For dessert, attendees will enjoy a chocolate fountain with fresh local fruit and cookies, and Ka‘ū coffee and espresso.

Tickets are $65, which includes food and wine bar curated by Kadota Liquor.


On Friday, Feb. 10, the community is invited to attend the Friday Night Market from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Sangha Hall. The night market features nearly 45 fashion, art and food pop-ups, specialty cocktails, craft beer and wine, live music, fierce photo booth and mini fashion shows on the hour. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.

The finale Runway Fashion Show takes place Saturday, Feb. 11, at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. This event will showcase Hawai‘i’s leading and emerging designers. Headliners Kojo Couture and 19th & Whimsy will be joined by Alohiwai, Wehi Designs, Colors of Life, Simply Sisters, Hana Hou Hilo and Vested Interest Hawaii from O‘ahu.

Tickets are $60 and include the fashion show followed by a pūpū reception and exclusive shopping experience with designers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m.


All event proceeds go to the Zonta Club of Hilo Foundation to support local service projects including “Pay it Forward,” a program that provides micro-grants to women starting or expanding a business; scholarships for young women furthering their education in STEM, business and nursing; and a “Dress for Success” program to benefit Hawai‘i Island women in need.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ZontaFashionFrenzy.org. Event sneak peeks available on Facebook and IG @ZontaHilo; find posts using #ZontaFashionFrenzy.

Fashion Frenzy 2017 is made by possible by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company, Crush Skincare, Markham Insurance, A3 Telecom, Aloha All Natural Cleaning, Edward Jones, Day-Lum Rentals & Management, Mary Begier Realty, Altres Staffing, GUM Design, Mermade Spa, HeartBeet Catering, Cafe Pesto, Kadota Liquor, OK Farms, Big Island Delights and Kau Coffee Specialty.

About Zonta Club of Hilo
The Zonta Club of Hilo was founded in 1950 and is part of Zonta International, a global organization whose mission is to empower women through service and advocacy. To learn more about the club’s service projects, special events, advocacy efforts and scholarship opportunities, visit www.ZontaHilo.org.

Fashion Frenzy 2017

Fashion Frenzy 2017

Dine Like a Diva Menu Preview: Chic Ceviche Bites inspired by 19th & Whimsy – Kauai prawn ceviche with local avocado, citrus, cilantro and “coconut bacon” for a touch of whimsy. Courtesy photo.

Dine Like a Diva Menu Preview: Ono-licious Fashion inspired by Hana Hou Hilo – mac-nut arrowroot crusted ono topped with mango-ginger jam, curry spice and green onion garnish. Courtesy photo.

Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Hana Hou Hilo by Michele Zane & Shadi Faridi. Courtesy photo.

Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Vested Interest Hawaii by Elizabeth Kent

Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Simply Sisters by Regina “Lola” Miller. Courtesy photo.

Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Colors of Life by Patti Pease Johnson. Courtesy photo.

6 Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Wehi Designs by Marcel Evans. Courtesy photo.

Feb. 11 Showcase Designer: Alohiwai by Yari Rogers. Courtesy photo.

Garment by 19th & Whimsy. Courtesy photo.

Couture garment by Kojo Couture. Courtesy photo.

Fashion Frenzy 2017 Co-Headliner: Lauren Hayashibara (19th & Whimsy). Courtesy photo.

Fashion Frenzy 2017 Headliner: Koa Johnson (Kojo Couture). Courtesy photo.

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