Career Ready To Wear – Glam Spotlight

Career Ready look: Forever 21 ruffle jacket, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West heels, authentic Coach mini travel tote

Your clothing reflects your attitude, it is yet another form of communication.  Your attire speaks volumes.  It’s not about how much you spend on an outfit, but the thought (or lack of thought) that goes behind it.  First impressions are critical, especially in a job-interview setting.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii empowers people to become job-ready through a number of Human Service programs.  Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.  After becoming job-ready through skill building and education, Goodwill’s retail stores is a great resource for people who are looking for an interview worthy outfit from H2T = head to toe.

Rosemy Shikiko is a fine example of someone who is on the road to becoming job-ready as a result of a Goodwill – she’s part of the Ola I Ka Hana program.  This program provides out-of-school youth-at-risk ages 14 to 21 with education, training and employment services necessary to increase educational skills, social skills, life skills, vocational skills, social responsibility, health competencies, and basic math and reading skills.  Youth program participants learn healthy, productive behaviors which help their transition to adulthood.  Youth are also able to further their educational goals and obtain a high school diploma.  The Dress For Success program has provided valuable services for a number of Goodwill’s participants, helping them with professional dress attire.

Hawai News Now will be featuring a Goodwill Spotlight segment on the Sunrise morning show from March – August 2012.  This month’s segment featured Misti Pali, Assistant Director of Employment Services who talked about the VITA Tax Clinic (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) that offers free tax preparation services for individuals and families making under 50K annually.  Rosemy was featured as a VITA Tax Clinic volunteer and Career Ready make-over recipient.  GLAM! Squad member and fashion expert, Rene Rodriguez did Rosemy’s hair, make-up and styling for the segment and helped to create the compelling before and after make-over for the segment.  Her entire look and the ensemble on the mannequin came from the Goodwill store in Kaimuki and can be found at this summer’s monumental event - Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!

A before and after transformation on Hawaii News Now

Be sure to tune-in to Hawaii News Now and watch the Goodwill Spotlight each month on Sunrise in the mornings.


Glam Spotlight – Extreme Window Makeover

First impressions mean everything and the best way to capture someone’s attention, in the retail world, is by having a creative, fresh, well-dressed window display. Goodwill Industries of Hawaii’s Marketing, Communications and Development (MCD) department took on the challenge of re-designing the Kaimuki Goodwill retail store windows, armed with a Goodwill Goes Glam Squad of volunteers to make it all possible.  The new windows were “revealed” this past Saturday during the Celebrate Kaimuki Kanikapila where many members of the community expressed their excitement and frankly, were trying to purchase clothing right off of the mannequins.  There was also a dedicated window for “Live” mannequins and a “Live make-over,” which added to the excitement of the unveiling.

David's Bridal Cream Gown for $99 - found online for about $850

The photo above features this week’s GLAM Spotlight – an elegant cream David’s Bridal gown modeled by Lara Leimana Fonoimoana, the reigning Mrs. Hawaii who is also the 2011 Mrs. America first-runner-up.  She’s one of Goodwill’s Glam Squad of volunteers.

"live mannequin" Allie Lee and Rene Rodriguez - Fashion Industry Consultant






In the year leading up to Goodwill Goes GLAM! in 2012, the Goodwill Hunter will highlight fashion finds set aside for THE big event. Goodwill Industries of Hawaii presents the inaugural Goodwill Goes GLAM!, a showcase of talent, treasure and style — all for a great cause. When you purchase items at Goodwill, know that more than 90 percent of the retail revenue goes to programs that help people with employment barriers become self sufficient.


High Fashion Kickoff: Gala Dinner & Fashion show, plus After Party & Pre-sale: Aug. 23, 2012

Treasure Marketplace: Aug. 24 – 26, 2012

An exclusive fashion show featuring Hawaii’s top models and stylists will set the stage for an unprecedented marketplace of more than 20,000 square feet of glamour and vintage items donated by retail partners and collected from Goodwill stores. This major Island fashion event will put the spotlight on Hawaii’s style industry as an economic stimulator and contributor to job-creation, while offering the opportunity to explore Goodwill’s own educational, employment and training programs. Find out how you could get involved and be the first to get your tickets, for more information go to
* A special thanks to the following who have helped to bring this re-design project to life: Chris Fox,  Rene Rodriguez, Kyle Kagamida, Allie Lee, Robert Gibson, Olotania Tokelaukaeha, Moses Gouveia, Kristina Ballina, Megan Long, Agnes Malate (and friends), the Starwood Hotel crew, Samantha Iha Preece, Wendy Preece, Gary Deliz, Lara Leimana Fonoimoana, Shawn Torres-Akiyama, 808 Urban: Sierra Dew, Amanda Corby and the staff at Kaimuki.

Model Citizen

Reveal #1 - Hawaii News Now Sunrise Reporter - Malika Dudley, Tina (make-over recipient) and Rene Rodriguez (make-up artist). This retro dress was just $6.99 from the Beretania Goodwill store.

You never know who you’ll meet when you walk into a Goodwill store.  Last month, I went to the Beretania store location to research a back-to-school bargain story .  Seriously, it’s THE place to find great deals on back-packs, graphic tees, board shorts and so much more.

That’s when I met Tina, a cashier at Goodwill.  As a fashion writer and former fashion show producer, my model radar is pretty sharp. I’m often intrigued when I meet a natural model-in-the-rough, like Tina, who has no idea how fabulous she really is. Tina graciously accepted my invite to become a Goodwill Goes Glam Squad volunteer and model.

Tina - before Reveal #1 - at the beautiful Goodwill Store in Kapolei

Tina was raised in Missouri and graduated from an AmeriCorps  program in California which referred her to Goodwill in Hawaii.  She moved to Honolulu in 2010 and started working at the Goodwill store.  Tina credits Goodwill for giving her the customer service skills and retail experience that she now possesses.  She told me that she sees, first-hand how Goodwill changes peoples lives and that she believes in the organization’s mission, helping people reach thier full potential and become self-sufficient.

In promotion of the Downtown Fashion Wine Walk  , Hawaii News Now and Goodwill created make-over magic.  The transformation was incredible. Earlier in the week, professional stylist, Kyle Kagamida (Kagamida Styling) pulled a few “Day” and “Evening” looks from the Beretania location.  On the day of the make-over and reveal, Kyle and Rene Rodriguez, a noted up-scale make-up artist, fully transformed Tina into a cover-girl.  See for yourself.

Sarah Davis (Goodwill Kapolei Manager). Malika Dudley, Rene Rodriguez, Tina Jones, Kyle Kagamida, Amanda Stevens


(Editor’s note: Is it just me or does Tina look like Alicia Keys ?)_______________________________________________________________________________________________________



Presented by the Arts District Merchants Association


Friday, August 19, 2011, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Local, Downtown-based fashion designers and boutiques are the focus of a fun and fashionable event – The Downtown Fashion Wine Walk.

Although this event is free and open to the public, purchasing a $25 ticket includes access to wine tasting and appetizers at area boutiques and shops, entry to a trunk sale, chances to win great prizes and the opportunity to be one of the first in Hawaii to view a segment of Dresscue Me, a Planet Green and Goodwill presentation hosted by Shareen Mitchell, beloved for her unique and affordable approach to vintage clothing.  PLUS, a portion of the proceeds of all tickets sold goes to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, whose mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Tickets now on sale at

For event information, contact, Sandra Fowler (Super Citizen Store) at 599-4333