In the culturally diverse islands of Hawaii, fashion is not necessarily considered a significant moniker of the state. Perhaps, with the exception of the stereotypical aloha shirt. Hawaii is often referred to as “the melting pot of ethnicities,” and offers artistic and visual inspirations that do extend to the fashion world. Fashion bloggers in the aloha state are often influenced by local designs, the laid-back island vibe, and both modern and classic beachwear styles. Here are five of Hawaii’s up-and-coming fashion bloggers to watch.
Former Miss Hawaii USA Emma Wo is the brain behind The Aloha Babe. She pens lifestyle and beauty pieces and shares her island-meets-luxury feminine styles. Wo has a particular affinity for frills, mixing fabrics, and bright color pallets. The blogger has amassed 524,000 followers on Instagram and is noted for her budget-friendly curated outfits, and her distinct peek into life in Hawaii.
Honolulu-born wardrobe stylist and blogger Lindsey Higa began Pineapple Ice in 2010 to document her personal style and adventures. She refers to her own look as “a melting pot of laid-back island chic and city tomboy.” Higa has worked with Olukai, Hilton Hawaiian Village, and Honolulu Fashion Week showcasing her unique island-inspired outfits. Most recently, she dove into the editorial world with a feature spread in Hawaii Magazine.
Hailing from Mililani, Rance China is the event coordinator for the Honolulu Night Market, and a sought-after wardrobe stylist. His website, Made in Cheena, features his aloof street-style and accessible looks. China collaborates with many local designers, like Matt Bruening, SIE Swim, and Avanti Designs. Aside from fashion, China also posts about hidden beaches, Hawaiian food, and traveling on his Instagram page.
Rising fashion and lifestyle blogger Elle Aquino started her blog, A Pair of Shoes for Everyday to highlight her passion: shoes. More specifically, Aquino has an affinity for the high-heeled variety. According to the budding fashionista, her husband refers to her style as “modern vintage,” a reference to her fifties glam-rock and eighties vintage style inspirations.
Although not a blogger, supermodel Keke Lindgard stuns followers with her original fashion sense behind the lens and in everyday life. When she’s not posing for a photo shoot with Dior, or taking the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Lindgard spends time unwinding in her trend-inspired bikinis, or even relaxing in Hawaiian-inspired knitwear.