About Reach the Runway
Reach the Runway is the official nonprofit of HONOLULU Fashion Week presented by Hawaiian Airlines, an annual HONOLULU Magazine event. It is a program of the aio Foundation. Designed to inspire and support Hawaiʻi’s youth, the program creates mentorship opportunities for Oʻahu middle school students who are interested in journalism, photography, fashion design, magazine design, hair and makeup, styling or modeling. In addition to expanding their technical skills in specific fields, the program will develop students’ confidence, determination and passion for their future endeavors.
The long-term goal of Reach the Runway is to provide students with a broader understanding of careers in the local fashion industry while equipping them with tools to start building their own paths in this field. The ultimate mission is to grow the Island fashion community, so that future professionals can thrive and expand the way the world views Hawaiʻi fashion.
Meet Our Mentors
Robbie Dingeman, Editor, HONOLULU Magazine
Robbie has been telling the stories of Hawai‘i for more than two decades. She got her start as a staff writer at two daily newspapers and as a news reporter at KHON and now leads the editorial team of HONOLULU Magazine, Hawai‘i’s top-selling monthly magazine. The award-winning journalist has covered a wide variety of topics including government, crime, health, and consumer news at The Honolulu Advertiser, KHON-TV and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She also co-authored two books; Honolulu Homicide and Honolulu CSI. A lucky benefit she gets from working with HONOLULU’s fashion team? Great tips for finding (affordable!) fashion on deadline.
Terri Inefuku, Digital Executive Director, KHON2
Terri Inefuku is constantly scrolling through social media, but she has a good excuse! As digital executive director at KHON2, it’s part of her job. Terri manages news content on KHON2.com, the station’s social media accounts and mobile app. Before joining KHON2, she worked as a fashion blogger and beauty editor for HONOLULU Magazine and HONOLULU Shops, and, before that, produced newscasts and morning show segments for KGMB/Hawai‘i News Now. When she’s not working, Terri can be found in the kitchen testing out new recipes. Every two years, she breaks out her dancing shoes to perform in Gridiron, a comedic variety show that raises money for journalism scholarships.
Christi Young, Editor, HONOLULU Family Magazine
Christi knows how to turn a tangerine into a cute snail. That’s just one skill she’s picked up styling kid-friendly photoshoots as the editor of HONOLULU Family magazine. But Christi got her start in journalism listening for accidents on the police scanner at KSSK radio and editing countdowns onto video tapes (yes, video tapes!) at KGMB 9 in college. After graduating from UH Mānoa and Northwestern University, Christi spent 10 years in broadcast journalism, first producing and launching newscasts in West Virginia, then as a producer, executive producer and assistant news director at Hawai‘i News Now. Her most memorable moment? Having to borrow Keahi Tucker’s wife’s shorts to wear and while guiding the anchors through a live newscast with just a Sharpie and big notepad during the islandwide blackout in 2004. Her favorite research? Following local boutiques (aka shopping) as HONOLULU Magazine’s fashion blogger. Her favorite thing about journalism? Telling stories, whether it’s a 1,000-word article or a half-hour TV special.
Warren Daubert, Creative Director, Honolulu Business Magazine
Warren Daubert is the Creative Director of Hawai‘i Business Magazine and Hawai‘i Home + Remodeling Magazine. He leads a four-person design team in producing two monthly publications. He also is the co-owner of a small branding firm, Humanhand. From his studio there, Warren has helped develop the brand identities for companies such as La-Tour Café and the old Mercury Bar. He has more than 10 years of experience in the graphic design field, with much of it spent in the editorial realm, where he enjoys working with writers to help tell their stories. Warren often returns to his alma mater, UH Manoa, to do some guest lecturing in their design department.
Kelsey Ige, Art Director, HONOLULU Magazine
After working as an art director for the Waikiki Aquarium and an in-house designer at Bank of Hawai?i, Kelsey Ige served as a freelance illustrator for multiple PacificBasin Communications publications. She is now a full-time member of the HONOLULU Magazine team, bringing her talents to the brand as an art director. Ige’s childhood is rooted between Wahiawa and Mililani; in fact, she painted several murals between Wahiawa and Hale?iwa during her middle-school years. Ige’s longtime art loves are drawing and sewing, which later progressed to illustration, textile design and, well, more sewing. What she loves most about design is being able to solve problems and tell stories through a combination of different media.
Kristin Lipman, Creative Director, HONOLULU Magazine
Kristin loved art since she was just four years old, but it wasn’t until she was in college that she realized that her passion was in design—it captures everything she loves, including illustration, typography, photography and print. Today, as the HONOLULU brand’s creative director, Kristin leads and supervises the design team responsible for the editorial and advertising support of HONOLULU Magazine, HONOLULU Family, Whalers Village Magazine and associated special sections and custom publishing projects. Prior to working for HONOLULU Magazine, Kristin designed a range of design collateral, from posters, brochures and books to identity systems, packaging, CD covers and textile designs.
Tiana Becker Gamble, founder, bikinibird.com
Tiana started her career in fashion and design at an early age. Working in retail at 14 years old, she knew she wanted to be in the fashion industry. After attending Loyola Marymount, Tiana worked in sales as a representative for multiple clothing lines in Southern California and Hawai‘i. In 2002 she was recruited to the design team of a fast-growing action sports company where she was the merchandising design manager. In that position she managed the women’s and children’s clothing line and oversaw the design, sourcing and sales development internationally. In 2010, she decided to move back to Hawai‘i to start a family. She was inspired by the beach lifestyle and saw a blog as an excellent way to connect with consumers. Three years later, with the success of the online blog, she created an online store. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter and traveling whenever possible.
Stacey Makiya, Senior Fashion Editor, HONOLULU Magazine
As a fashion editor and stylist for HONOLULU Magazine, Stacey’s work includes conceptualizing, producing and editing fashion editorials. She entered the world of fashion in 2007 as an editor for SMART Magazine, and since then has worked for various local publications, styled fashion shows and commercial models, contributed to local fashion blogs, and most recently assisted in executing the inaugural runway shows for Honolulu Fashion Week. Her passion for giving back is deeply rooted going back to hanabata days when she would visit senior homes and talk story with the residents, volunteer in soup kitchens and participate in beach cleanups. Stacey is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i’s journalism program and hopes that in two years, her 10-year-old daughter Dilan will apply for Reach the Runway and make her mom proud.
Brie Thalmann, Managing Fashion Editor, HONOLULU Magazine
Born and raised on O?ahu, wardrobe stylist and writer Brie Thalmann has logged more than a decade of experience in the local fashion industry. Currently the managing fashion editor of HONOLULU Magazine and editor of the publication’s ancillary magazine shopping Honolulu SHOPS, Brie oversees the brand’s fashion-focused editorial content. A day at her post includes everything from styling photo shoots and editing articles to meeting with designers, photographers and boutique owners. Brie holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from UH Manoa. Her previous stints include full-time and contributing positions at Hawai?i Woman Magazine, Ala Moana Magazine and Smart Magazine.
Allison Izu Song, Owner & Designer, Allison Izu
Allison Izu Song (Nagato) is the owner and designer of Allison Izu, a petite clothing company that is 100-percent made in Hawai‘i. Born and raised here, she traveled to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated top of her class in 1998. With her love of fashion and entrepreneurial spirit, the designer has successfully grown the Allison Izu brand, with designs featured in Oprah Magazine and Lucky Magazine. A few years ago, Allison saw the need to help other local designers fulfill their fashion dreams and in return expand the local fashion industry, so she created The Cut Collective, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources and skills to streamline their production process.
Rumi Robertson, Owner & Designer, Rumi Murakami
At an early age, Rumi spent hours poring over her mother’s Bazaar magazines and recreating designs using makeshift patterns and an old Singer. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, her creative voice developed out of her work in the garment industry in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Influenced deeply by her Japanese heritage as well as her love of urban environments, Rumi’s designs strike a balance between tradition and modernity, function and beauty. She currently lives and works in Honolulu.
Billie Lueder, Development Consultant for Wilhelmina Hawai‘i and ADR Agency
Director of communications and external affairs for Honolulu Community College, Billie Takaki Lueder has more than 10 years of experience in project and organizational management. As Miss Hawai‘i 2000, she traveled across the state and abroad promoting Hawai‘i and the benefits of peer mentoring. A seasoned entertainer, model and spokesperson, Ms. Lueder continues to share her talents and mentor others. She is an advisory board member for the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division of the Salvation Army and is chair of its young professionals board, Echelon. Ms. Lueder is also the co-director for the Miss Hawai‘i Princess Program, a mentoring and self-development program for young girls 5–12 years of age in partnership with the Miss Hawai‘i Organization.
Karen De Borja, Owner & Photographer, Karen DB Photography
Karen is a very proud mother of three beautiful little girls and a sweet little boy. She considers herself very lucky to be married to her best friend, who she has known since she was just 12 years old. Karen has always loved photography, finding it fascinating how a moment in time can be captured forever. She believes that there is so much beauty in every corner of the world, and she hears it saying, “Take a picture of me!” Karen’s work has been published in HONOLULU Magazine, HONOLULU Family Magazine and Hawai‘i Business Magazine, to name a few.
Tommy Shih, Owner & Photographer, Tommy Shih Photography
Tommy has never taken a photography class, shot film or worked in a darkroom, despite having access to all of the above during his time at Punahou and UCSD, and while working as a product marketing manager at a scanner company called Microtek. Still, Tommy forged ahead with a full-time photography career in LA when his hobby occupied more time than his actual job. He now does advertising and editorial photography based out of Honolulu. When not awkwardly writing about himself in the third person, Tommy enjoys going on photo road trips with his adventurous friends and glamping at Bellows Beach when it’s not too windy.
Aaron Yoshino, staff photographer, PacificBasin Communications
Aaron Keoki Yoshino is a photographer with 17 years of experience behind the camera. Ever since he lost his tan in his high school darkroom, he has loved the “magic” of image-making, and loves getting nerdy with a bunch of camera stuff. On the weekends, he skateboards and takes pictures of skateboarding and the daily lives of his friends and family, which are two of his favorite subjects, along with street and travel photography.
HAIR & MAKEUP
Jonathan Freitas, Makeup Artist
Jonathan is a 15-year veteran of beauty sales and makeup service with a knowledge and enthusiasm that is both infectious and exhilarating. He has a wide range of makeup talents for both the industry professional (editorial, photography, wedding, etc.) and the beautiful woman-next-door who wants to learn more about what makes her beautiful both inside and out. He is broad-minded and easygoing with his clients and team members as his desire to enjoy every moment runs deep within him. His makeup experience is broad and continues to grow. He is always craving and accomplishing new and interesting challenges in the beauty field!
Kecia Littman, Hair & Makeup Artist
Kecia Littman is an efficient creator of beauty. She has been manifesting inner beauty into reality as a professional makeup artist for the past 15 years. She began her journey as a makeup artist with MAC Cosmetics, eventually leading her team as a manager at the Ala Moana MAC store, and she is now a licensed Esthetics Instructor in the state of Hawai?i. Motivated by haute couture, fashion trends, art and beauty, she endlessly aspires to lift the vibration of Hawai?i by producing gorgeous images for publications such as HONOLULU Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and Four Seasons Magazine, to name a few.
Bevin Malina, Hair & Makeup Artist
Bevin should have known that she was meant to do hair when at a very young age, she perfected the fine art of the wave—which her family lovingly nicknamed “bevin bangs.” (Thanks, Rave hairspray!) With more than 10 years of experience, Bevin feels blessed to have found a job that allows her to help people feel beautiful on the inside by enhancing what they were born with on the outside. Using her cosmetology license to its fullest potential, her “office” can change on a daily basis: from a hotel room full of teary-eyed bridesmaids, to catching a tan while at a photo shoot on a beautiful beach, or just a typical day in the salon where you can find her playing with hair or getting rid of someone’s unibrow.
All of Reach the Runway’s board members and mentors are volunteers, and the program would not be possible without community support. Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated.