editor-200x300When I look inside my closet, I see the usual suspects—skinny jeans, white blouse, black cocktail dress… While I do have a few cherished pieces that remind me of a particular event, like my old R.E.M. concert T-shirt and my outfit from my first “real job” interview, my clothes really don’t have any history behind them (aside from the fact that some pieces are just plain old).

Dale Hope’s closet is an entirely different scenario. If you’re familiar with his vibrant tome, Th e Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands, you know that his massive collection of brightly hued button-downs is more than just various fabrics sewn together. What’s more fascinating than his shirts is Hope’s crystal-clear recollection of how each piece came into his possession. I was privy to see his aloha shirts and textiles firsthand and was truly captivated by his detailed commentary. Nadine Kam gets into even more shirt specifics for “Material World” on page 98.

While Kam got to chat with Hope for our Collections feature, we caught up with some of Honolulu’s heavy-hitting art patrons for “Ladies Who Launch.” Despite the busy schedules of Sharon Twigg-Smith, Vi Loo, Indru Watumull, Cherye Pierce and Jeri Lynch, we were able steal them away for a few hours to talk story. Turn to page 112, and find out why art is more than just a “good cause” for each of these philanthropic stars.

Speaking of stars, while all of us are lucky to live in HawaiÊ»i, there’s one local girl looking to make her way back to the islands. Although Punahou grad Carrie Ann Inaba is currently basking under the “Dancing with the Stars” limelight while living in Los Angeles, she eventually hopes to return to this side of the Pacific.

Yu Shing Ting gets the exclusive on Inaba’s next steps. Read “Dancing Queen” on page 104 to learn more.

Also in this issue, HILuxury takes you on white wine adventure. With Roberto Viernes as your guide, get introduced to several exotic whites worth trying.

Th ose interested in getting a taste of what it takes to become a master sommelier like Viernes can try a class with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Writer Ali Resich gives us the ins and outs of wine education, sans the nerve-wracking, sleepless nights that often come with taking the official certification exam.

By this time, the whole 50 Shades phenomenon will likely be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to shy away from showing some skin—tastefully, of course! Photographer Tommy Shih gets into a little bit of a Grey area for our latest fashion feature. Enjoy responsibly…