So I never really thought I had terrible style... but I did realize I was not feeling very confident on stage in some of the things I was wearing. So Ralph Malani, the artist who did my hair for the Hoku's (the vertical crazy faux hawk thing).. and I have made a connection, and he offered to help me get styled out before I left on tour again. He knows tons of designers, local and national, and they were kind (and stoked!) to give me some clothes. My style before was very Hawaii... I would wear slippers or bare feet, bathing suit tops for bras, and trucker hats all the time. Ralph wanted me to be a little more... "pretty" and since I am Hawaiian and am from Hawaii and live in Hawaii, but don't play Hawaiian music, he said I can and should embrace the florals and flowiness of Hawaiian style apparel. I was down to try. He cut and dyed and curled my hair, put lipstick on me, and gave me tons of cool clothes from local polynesian designers.
When the people at the Star Advertiser heard about our project, they wanted the story. Our Chinatown Honolulu photoshoot is documented below, photos by Whitby Beirwolf.