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Awai’s signature style informed by years as a stage performer

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    “I was doing dramatic fashion that wasn’t for everybody. I wanted to do something for the local people.” Nake‘u Awai Fashion designer

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    Ka‘iulani de Silva wears an original print dress from Nake‘u Awai’s holiday collection, available at his 1613 Houghtailing St. shop.

  • COURTESY NAKE‘U AWAI Nake‘u Awai posed for this photo inside the Hollywood Bowl when he was a 28-year-old dancer.

As a performer, Nake‘u Awai sought the spotlight on New York stages and Hollywood sets. But as a designer, he’s been content to remain behind the scenes, orchestrating fashion shows and selling out of his hole-in-the-wall Kalihi boutique while putting customers’ happiness first. Read more

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