Summit and Fashion Show deadline extended to March 16

You now have until March 16 to sign up for the Second Women’s Leadership Summit and/or the 36th JWSF Fashion Show. Both events take place at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige will be the keynote speaker at the Summit on Friday, March 27. She will share her experiences as a wife, mother, accomplished educator and businesswoman.

Melanie Kosaka (First Daughter Mediaworks, Inc. and Cookspace Hawaii) will join the lunch panel discussion. Along with Paul Uyehara of Aloha Tofu and Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms, the lunchtime topic will be on overall well-being, and trending health issues and concerns.

See below for more information about the Summit and Fashion Show.


The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation presents its second annual Women’s Leadership Summit in Hawaii on Friday, March 27, and its 36th Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, March 28, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

A half-day summit, themed “Health, Beauty & Well-Being” takes place on March 27 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics being discussed stress the importance of well-being from the inside out.

The topics and speakers are:

“Doctor’s Perspective” – Dr. Laurie Tom
Dr. Tom, who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, will give her perspective on staying health and preventing disease through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
“Fashion Do’s and Don’ts” – Kensei Takeda; Fashion designer and hairstylist Kensei Takeda will share basic wardrobe and accessory techniques, emphasizing the importance of total presentation, from fashion, hair, makeup, accessories and poise.
“Skin Care Basics” – Sulwhasoo Cosmetic Representatives: Cosmeticians from this international cosmetics firm will provide insights on the importance of following a beauty regimen and why it is worth the investment.
“Ask Dr. Irene” – Dr. Irene Arakaki: Dr. Arakaki of Reneux Med Spa will explain about facial fillers and answer common questions about general aesthetics.
“Food, Diet and Health” – lunch panel discussion: During lunch, local personalities such as Dean Okimoto (Nalo Farms), Paul Uyehara (Aloha Tofu) will discuss overall well being and give their opinions on trending health issues and concerns.

Cost for the summit is $80 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information about the summit, email Wendy Abe at

“East Meets West Fashion” is the theme of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s 36th Fashion Show and Luncheon, which will be held on March 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The “East” fashions come to Hawai‘i’s shores from South Korea, featuring an exciting array of designs from Incheon and Seoul — being seen for the first time in Hawai‘i. Many of the designs unveiled in the fashion show will be available for purchase after the show.
Our featured “West” designers are Hawai‘i’s own, ‘Iolani Sportswear. Starting in 1953 by Keiji and Edith Kawakami as a small factory with dirt floors, ‘Iolani Sportswear is now known worldwide for its island-inspired fashions. The 61-year-old company is now run by the family’s second and third generations, with Lloyd Kawakami at the helm.

Prior to the luncheon and fashion show, there will be a boutique sale and silent auction. The boutique vendors will showcase fashions, jewelry, packaged foods, handmade items and more. Among the items in the silent auction are gift cards, fine house wares, fashion accessories and Asian treasures.
Cost to attend the Saturday fashion show is $100 or
$125 for premium runway seating. Tables of 10 are also available for $1,000. Premium tables are $1,250. Attendees with paid seats will be eligible to win special door prizes. Final deadline to register is Feb. 28. No refunds will be granted after Feb. 28.
For more information about the fashion show, contact Cathy Iwai at or Patty Matsuo at For ticket information, contact Betty Hirozawa at 988-3588.





The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation launches its first
JWSF Social Event, “ Holiday Wine & Baubles” on Thursday, Oct. 23,
from 5-7 p.m. The event will be held at the Waialae Country Club.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample special wines, enjoy
‘ono pupu and start their holiday shopping — while networking and
meeting new people.

In addition, artificial tabletop Christmas trees and wreaths decorated
by local community leaders and personalities will be given away as
door prizes.

Advance ticket sales are $50. After Sept. 30, tickets cost $65.
Reservation deadline is Oct. 10.

For reservations, use the order form below or send your name, address, phone number and email, along with the number of tickets you want to: JWSF-HW&B, 505 Kaiemi
St., Kailua, HI 96734. Make checks payable to JWSF-HW&B.

For more information, contact Cathy
Iwai at or Patty Matsuo at