Set in the lush valleys of Kualoa, the latest influx of gorgeous gowns is replete with equal splendor. From dresses in saturated shades to opulent finishing touches, formalwear never looked more brilliant.

Photographer: HAROLD JULIAN
Fashion Editor: NADINE KAM
Model: MALIA MURPHEY, PREMIER MODELS AND TALENT
Make-up: KECIA LITTMAN, KECIABELLA.COM
Hair stylist: JAKE ACEDO, JAKEACEDO.COM
Location: KUALOA, KUALOA.COM

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KINI ZAMORA velvet dress $850 at WHITEHOT HAWAII in Kaimuki; ALEXIS BITTAR lucite crystal heart necklace $395, encrusted black cherry heart cuff $325 and earrings $165, all at NEIMAN MARCUS.

About the Setting

HILuxury turned to Kualoa Ranch—4,000 acres of history, beauty and preservation—to highlight the dramatic looks of our holiday issue’s women’s fashion feature. Established in 1850, Kualoa has become the world’s most famous private nature reserve and is the premier authentic Hawaiian attraction for both visitor and kama‘aina families alike. Kualoa guests can choose from The Treetop Canopy Zipline Tour (located in the lush native forest of Ka‘a‘awa Valley) ATV tours, horseback tours, eco-jungle expeditions, ocean voyage tours, a private “Secret Island” beach activity option as well as the popular Hollywood Movie Sites Tour. There have been more than 60 movies and TV shows filmed at Kualoa since the 1950s. Kualoa is also a working ranch, with more than 500 cattle and 120 horses. Shrimp and oyster farms, as well as a tropical fruit and flower farm contribute to Kualoa’s efforts to be good stewards of the ‘aina (land) and to help preserve and protect this special place for future generations. kualoa.com