GOODWILL GOES GLAM! RETURNING TO IN-PERSON EVENT AT THE BLAISDELL EXHIBITION HALL, AUGUST 18-20

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodwill Hawaii’s annual fundraiser Goodwill Goes GLAM! presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation will be returning in-person at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, August 18-20, after being hosted virtually for the past two years. The event opens with the GLAM! Gala on Thursday, August 18, featuring a live fashion show produced by native Hawaiian designer Kumu Micah Kamohoali‘i from Waimea, Hawai‘i. The live event and fashion show will also be covered in a TV special airing on Sept. 18 on KFVE-TV and on Sept. 25 on KGMB-TV.

“We’re excited to come together will all of our sponsors and supporters once again to celebrate the great work and resiliency of our team over the past two years,” said Goodwill Hawaii president & CEO Katy Chen. “Yet, there’s still work to be done as Hawaii residents are still recovering from the economic impacts of the pandemic and beyond. We are hoping for a strong turnout from the community to raise money for our free job training and support programs that help more than 10,000 people every year.”

Kamohoali‘i will be the first neighbor island based designer to produce the Goodwill Goes GLAM! fashion show. As founder and CEO of Dezigns By Kamohoali‘i, he draws inspiration from his family’s mastery skills of traditional Hawaiian art forms including Kapa, ‘Ohe Kāpala, and Kākau. He strives to educate and share the foundational values of Hawaiian culture through his clothing, which feature elements of ‘ike ku‘una or traditional Hawaiian knowledge in each design. Dezigns By Kamohoalii has been featured on the runways of New York, Japan, and Paris, at New York Fashion Week 2021, as well as in major publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

“I have fond memories of thrifting clothes, décor and other household items at Goodwill while I was going to college in California and was honored when Goodwill Hawaii asked me to participate in this fundraiser,” says Kamohoali‘i. “I’m excited to showcase my passion for Hawaiian history and culture in this collection for Goodwill while also being able to contribute to a cause that uplifts our local people in need.”

For his part in Goodwill Goes GLAM!, Kamohoali‘i has chosen the theme “The Art of the Holokū” and will re-use and re-design Goodwill garments into the Hawaiian adaptation of formal American gowns. Holokū, typically long formal gowns with a train, were originally worn by mō‘ī wāhine (queens) in the 1820s and have evolved over time to fit modern trends. With a degree in theater from University of Southern California, Kamohoali‘i promises to bring extra entertainment value to this year’s show with music and hula performances to make it a night to remember.

Event sponsorships start at $3,500 for a table of eight at the exclusive GLAM! Gala with a special dinner menu prepared by Chef Andrew Le of The Pig and The Lady. Individual gala tickets are also available for $350. Gala attendees will have also have first access to the GLAM! Sale featuring the best that Goodwill Hawaii has to offer including designer fashions, shoes and handbags, vintage housewares, and one-of-a-kind collectibles all curated from donations received by the community. The GLAM! Sale continues through the weekend, August 19-20, with free admission to the public and other special activities and promotions. For more information about sponsorships, contact Goodwill Hawaii at mcd@higoodwill.org or (808) 792-8556.

Over the past 11 years, Goodwill Goes GLAM! presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation has reached hundreds of thousands of people and generated more than $2 million to provide free job training, placement and support services for local people in need. For more information, visit www.goodwillhawaii.org or www.goodwillhawaii.org/glam.

About Goodwill Hawaii
Goodwill Hawaii’s mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959. To learn more about Goodwill Hawaii, visit www.goodwillhawaii.org.       
 
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