Open Casting Call

Yu Shing Ting
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Wednesday - February 16, 2011

Open Casting Call

The Hawaii Fashion & Beauty Expo in March will host the Hawaii Top Model and Operation Runway competitions with an open casting call Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon for models, and from 1 to 2 p.m. for designers at Honolulu Design Center.

These competitions are the Hawaii Fashion & Beauty Expo’s version of the hit reality television shows America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.

Models and designers will be evaluated by a panel of four directors, who will eliminate contestants down to the top 10 semi-final-ists for the models and the top five semi-finalists for the designers. These finalists will then participate in the Hawaii Top Model and Operation Runway competitions March 25-27 at Neal Blaisdell Center in front of a live audience. More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

For more information about this casting call, visit or call 372-8283.

Windward Mall News

Windward Mall celebrates President’s Day weekend with a sidewalk sale Feb. 18-21. Participating retailers will offer special savings. Also, stop by Center Court to enter to win a two-night stay at the newly renovated Outrigger Reef on the Beach. No purchase necessary. For more information, visit

Also new at Windward Mall is the opening of five new merchants - Soul Trex, Gyu-Kaku, Toys R Us Express, Tax Busters and Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train.

Local start-up retailer Soul Trex offers high-quality, eco-friendly outdoor apparel and equipment, specializing in hiking, climbing, camping, biking and water sports gear. A member of 1 Percent for the Planet, Soul Trex donates 1 percent of revenue to environmental causes. The company also established a program called 1 Percent 4 Kids and donates an additional 1 percent of revenue to youth programs promoting activities and outdoor recreation for children. Gyu-Kaku, a yakiniku-style barbecue chain-restaurant, where diners choose meats and vegetables then cook the items over a grill at their table, is expected to open in the second quarter of 2011. Toys R Us Express is a smaller version of the well-known children’s store, offering a convenient selection of playthings and perennial favorites.

Tax Busters is a seasonal store offering assistance with federal tax returns, income return services, filing services and tax return preparation services. Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train, a train designed for children that will run by the Sears Wing on the lower level by Paina Food Court, opens Feb. 15. For $3, climb aboard the train and take a ride around the mall with Cubby and his friends.

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