Models included popular Samoan entertainer, Tahiti Fete judge and designer Tali Letuli Goeas (Tali’s Polynesia) and daughter Miss Polynesia 2010 Talilani Goeas; radio personality Chisa Dizon from Maui’s Hit Island Music Station Native 92.5 FM; dancer Maile Mercado who won Best Female in the INKED Tattoo Contest sponsored by Waipahu’s Tattoo Krew Ink; Mr. Hawaiian Islands 2011 Hio Pelesasa and many others who work in Hawaii’s entertainment industry such as Oloa, a World Fireknife Champion and Tevaga. Both Oloa and Tevaga dance for Tihati’s Productions.
Jarene Campbell, a HCC Fashion School graduate, who designs wrestling outfits, handled the backstage. Led by Silofa Faapale Singh and Brandise Brockington, the show’s remarkable team of hair stylists and make-up artists really brought the INKED models to life.
Snags abounded, the show’s turnout was not as high as hoped but hosts Princess Arianna Auva’a and Danmar Galapia and the entire INKED team pulled together to produce a hit show. Reviews from audience members went something like this: “awesome!”, “it was good!” and “I loved it!”
“Good job guys,” commented Nesian N.I.N.E. vocalist Jeremy K. Salave’a.
Nesian N.I.N.E. (the N.I.N.E. stands for Natives Inna New Era), closed out the post INKED fashion show concert.
“It wasn‘t easy creating INKED from scratch and we had two months. There were many challenges but to see how everything came together at show time was positively amazing. Felise Mikaele’s lyrics said it best on show night: ‘E lo’u loto ua fiafia, ua aulia mai lenei aso manaia, le aso sa lupe ua taunu’u ma le manuia. Ua e talia la’u fa’atalao ula ua atoa tino, ua maualuga, ave ia le mua i lana pule fa’asoifua’,” said INKED Director Tina Mata’afa-Elise.
“We had some really good people who cared about this show, took it seriously from start to finish, sacrificed, worked hard on it and prayed for its success. Big thanks to Mr. Russell for the rare opportunity to direct the production. We learned some harsh lessons but now we have something solid to build upon going into the Cali show. Special thanks to the UH Samoan Studies Department and UH Fealofani Samoa Club advisors Fata Simanu-Klutz and John Niko Patu; our photographers Antonio Agosto, Pita Gurr, Molly Murphy and Iris Domingo and our videographer Simanu Logotaeao. To everyone who supported the show, our sponsors, Waterfront staff, the tattoo artists, the designers, the models, hair and make-up, our stage and DJ crew, the bands, performers, our co-hosts, family and friends thank you a million times over.”
The INKED Island Fashion Show was held to mark the release of 808Ink’s third issue “Pacific Ties” which is now in stores and military bases across Hawaii, in California, Las Vegas and Tahiti. Cover story for issue number four, due out in March, is on Tufuga Su’a Peter Suluape, who with his father Su’a Suluape Alaiva’a Petelo and the Malofie Samoa Association, will host the 5th International Samoan Tatau Festival 2012, May 30 to June 7, in beautiful Samoa. The festival coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Samoan independence.
Russell says this year, “808ink is going to open more eyes, educate more people and turn more heads!”