Honolulu Community College offers two exclusive degree programs in the Community College System – Cosmetology and Fashion Technology. Both programs, year after year, has produced talent that has gone on to be successful in their respective industries reaching local and national acclaim.
About a dozen Honolulu CC students had an experience of a lifetime volunteering during the 3rd Annual HONOLULU Fashion Week, an intense three day event held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
Working all aspects of fashion
Fashion guru and coordinator of HONOLULU Fashion Week, Lynne O’Neill visited Honolulu Community College during the Fall semester to share her 30 years of experience doing fashion runway coordination with aspiring Fashion Technology students. During her visit, she recruited volunteers to help with a variety of aspects of fashion week.
“For three straight days we were immersed in fashion. We had the unique opportunity to work along side amazing designers asking questions and simply observing them at work. It was a surreal experience,” explains fashion student Caitlyn Saloricman.
“We helped with model calls, taking model photos for casting sessions, and creating model boards in preparation for the different fashion shows. Some of us helped to organize the seating charts for the shows, preparing goodie bags for the guests, and greeting guests upon entry. During the shows we were dressers and prepared the garments for the numerous shows that weekend. It was a whirlwind!” said fashion student Raymart Danganan.
Working at a fast pace
The Cosmetology students underwent an intensive training session with Honolulu CC Cosmetology alum and owner of W Salon, Thi Nuygen in preparation for HONOLULU Fashion Week.
“The students spent two evenings at his salon learning techniques crucial during the production of a fast-paced fashion show. They assisted during the Fashion Week volunteering for a total of 106 hours. By accepting this challenge and networking with members of the industry, they gained confidence and had a great learning opportunity,” shares Assistant Professor in Cosmetology, Lynnette F. McKay.
Second semester Cosmetology student Jonna Li had this to share about her experience. “It was a lot of fun, but stressful!” Stressful is right especially when you are doing the hair for Victoria Secret’s newest runway model, Hawai‘i native, Keke Lindgard. “You had to work quickly and efficiently.”
“Fashion Week surpassed all my expectations. It validated for me that if you work hard at your craft you can do anything in life,” says Tyler Muramoto, President of the Cosmetology Club at Honolulu CC. “Be your best, study hard, ask for help, and the effort will be well worth it in the end.”
During fashion week, many well known Honolulu CC alumni had their fashions featured while others worked backstage beautifying models through hair and make-up. Honolulu was well represented!
About HONOLULU Fashion Week
Launched in 2014, HONOLULU Fashion Week presented by Hawaiian Airlines is a one-of-a-kind event in Hawai‘i highlighting local and national design talent and fashion. The three-day event was created by HONOLULU Magazine to showcase Hawai‘i’s unique fashion talents joined by world-renowned fashion designers, stylists, and industry experts. This year’s event took place November 10, 11 and 12 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. For more information on HONOLULU Fashion Week, please visit http://www.honolulufashionweek.com.