Hawaiʻi Fashion Designer Prepares to Hit the Runway at New York Fashion Week

A Waimea fashion designer has scored a prestigious invite to this year’s New York Fashion Week.

New York City is familiar to Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoaliʻi. He did a show at the New York Botanical Garden three years ago, where he also made connections to bring his fashion to the Big Apple.

His label, Dezigns by Kamohoaliʻi, is recognizable for its traditional roots — he comes from a long lineage of kapa makers.

Kamohoaliʻi has been invited to this year’s New York Fashion Week at the Runway 7 Fashion showcase. His designs, including last year’s Grammy dress worn by his cousin Amy Hanaialiʻi, hit the runway at Sony Hall near Times Square on Sept. 9.

The Conversation caught up with the busy fashion designer as he prepared for the big trip.

“It’s all just happening so fast from getting the announcement to booking flights and accommodations, and then getting into rehearsals and everything,” he said. “There’s 30 of us going.

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