editorNow that we’re well into the “ber” months, it’s safe to assume that the weeks ahead will lead to a frenzy of party planning, gala hopping-and for those who really have their acts together-squeezing in a bit of pre-holiday shopping between events. Admit it, some of you probably have your costume for the GIFT Foundation’s Fame To Claim bash hanging in the closet, right? And then there’s Halloween night proper. Even if your costume plays second fiddle to your real role that evening as the official candy-giver/goody-bag holder for your children, nieces and nephews, a party’s a party. And we haven’t even started on Thanksgiving yet…

Our latest issue has plenty of tips to help you gear up for any upcoming festivities you may have. Steven Boyle gives us an amazing tablescape concept for your next dinner party, while Yu Shing Ting helps you navigate through the dos and don’ts of formal accessorizing. If you plan on throwing a big bash this fall and need custom invitations, the folks at South Shore Paperie would be happy to oblige. Writer Sarah Pacheco speaks with owners Stacey and Ian Nomura and gets to see a very big piece of letterpress history spring back to life.

But if you feel that it’s still a bit too early to talk red carpet and glitterati-filled ballrooms, we’ve got a few suggestions for less fête-filled activities. Those thinking of travel can play tourist in Germany. Writer Kristy Alpert takes us through Germany’s Frankfurt Rhine-Main’s colorful cities, historical sites and more. Much further south-get to know Australia through its various vineyards. In this issue, master sommelier Roberto Viernes gives us a crash course on Australian varietals. And speaking of master sommeliers, Patrick Okubo talks shop with Shinya Tasaki-the world-renown sommelier who put together the impressive wine list at Arancino at The Kahala. For a glimpse of what the recently opened restaurant has to offer aside from a well-curated list of wines, Nadine Kam gives us the dish on its Italian offerings.

Back to the topic of Thanksgiving- or rather, giving thanks-Lianne Bidal Thompson chats with The Base Project co-founder Chris Akin. Together with his twin brother Doug, the Honolulu resident goes well beyond his comfort zone to give African artisans a chance to create, and more importantly, thrive against all odds.

Fortunately, many other designers are hot on the giving trail, creating limited-edition items that give back. From scarves and bags to bracelets and cosmetics, each label promises to give a portion of proceeds to organizations and charities that they hold most dear.

Over on the North Shore, there’s one resident who’s extremely grateful for his Hawai’i address. Actor Ingo Rademacher has been calling Hawai’i home for a few years now and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Bill Mossman gives us the skinny on his latest endeavors and why you won’t catch him on the dance floor anytime soon. Enjoy the issue!

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Cover photo of INGO RADEMACHER by MARK ARBEIT, shot on location at Turtle Bay Resort. THEORY black T-shirt, DIESEL ‘Laurences’ leather jacket, J BRAND denim jeans, all from NEIMAN MARCUS. Read our cover story on page 80.