Recently I hosted the Down the Hatch Lahaina Local Showcase in Maui, Hawaii. It was definitely one of my favorite events to spearhead & host, because working in fashion, so to speak, is something that I have never done before. However, I was able to direct this entire event and then host it. It was such an amazing evening in Lahaina with everyone dressed to the nines, and tons of beautiful women and men strutting the catwalk for some really amazing local vendors in Maui. As a vendor of the showcase (which I was), we were all given a promotional ad by the very talented Vini Pimenta of Shoots Productions in Maui. Above is my ad. I have to admit, the first time I saw it I was a little embarrassed because it seemed very "me, me, me"... but then I realized... I am my brand, and that is me, and I shouldn't be embarrassed to sell myself. Thank you to Vini for telling me that too. ;) All around I walked away from the showcase with a lot of new experience, new friends & colleagues, and this sick video. Thanks again Vini, you da best brah!
It's exciting to be spearheading and hosting this community event for Down the Hatch in Maui! The Lahaina Local Showcase will be featuring a fashion showcase for local businesses in the community, as well as offering opportunity for young professional to network in a fun and creative setting. Food will be provided by Down the Hatch & I plan on being the hostess with the mostess. :) Thrilled to be a part of this group of inspiring people! See all the details below.
Down the Hatch
Lahaina Local Showcase
Benefiting the Lahaina Art Association, Art Education Program
THURSDAY, APRIL 7th 6:30pm - 9:00pm
6:30 – 7:30p – Cocktail & Networking Hour/Silent Auction
7:45p – Local Fashion Showcase Begins
8:45p – Silent Auction Ends
9:30p Doors Open to the Public
10:00p INDUSTRY NIGHT – Live DJ & Drink Specials
Guest List event $30 pre-sale at Down the Hatch only – $40 day of – includes entry, food, 2 drink tickets, and show. Please dress in professional attire for this networking event.
Mission: To bring together young professionals; helping build community, support community, and grow as a community.
Thanks to Aydon at Prison Street Designs for the DTH Flyer & Promotional Images.
Time just seems to get away from you, when you're having fun on Maui! It was nearly a month ago that Aaron Lind & Christine Moonbeam, from Lift School of Acrobatics, came to the islands for an Acro Intensive weekend workshop. I was amped to be able to go to the workshop on Maui, focusing on handstands, hand to hand, whips & proper safety techniques when practicing your favorite Acro moves. Aaron & Christine really focused on refining the foundational skills for your acro practice, while keeping it fun & safe.
The Friday night introduction was great! They got you into it immediately with some effective warm-ups, really focusing on strengthening our handstands & getting up prepared for a weekend of hand to hand. Their enthusiasm & passion is so obvious, and it takes a real gift to take that skill and teach it to others. Emphasizing the importance of slowing down and communicating with your partner, they were able to jam pack the weekend with Acro awesomeness, with everyone in attendance breaking barriers, building confidence, and having an absolute blast.
For me, I was just really excited to be a part of the whole thing, and within the acro community in Maui, you have a lot of skilled practitioners that are there to play, have fun & learn together. It was great for me to work on my flying skills for sure, but I found that my basing became that much stronger over the course of the weekend. Which, with all my traveling around, I find myself basing much more often... so I'm glad to be building in that area. :) Plus, since the workshop, I've seen real progression with my handstand. They really gave us good techniques to get away from the wall & get comfortable on your hands.
If you're interested in doing an intermediate to advanced acro workshop, I highly recommend seeking out Aaron & Christine. They are based out of New Orleans, but are hopping around the globe instructing & bringing a whole lot of acro fun your way. To all my peeps in Illinois, there is a workshop coming up this month in Chicago, so go get it. Many mahalos & a big THANK YOU Aaron & Christine, it was so much fun! I look forward to the next time I can play with you guys. :)