To start its historical 50th year off strong, and to honor Queen Emma’s 187th birthday, Nakeʻu Awai Designs joined the Daughters of Hawaiʻi in celebrating Muʻumuʻu Month with its 2nd Annual Muʻu at the Museum by putting on a Fashion Show on January 7, 2023.  

Held at Hānaiakamalama – the Queen Emma Summer Palace – the fundraiser paid homage to Queen Emma’s love for horseback riding and her renowned equestrian skills as a wahine holo lio, with the theme “Pā‘ū & Paniolo” with proceeds going to support the historic preservation, maintenance, and operations of the Palace and grounds. 

Inspired by this theme, Nakeʻu Awai Designs brought together hula dancers of all ages from Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine to help tell the story of Nake‘u Awai Designs through dance and fashion. Several pieces featured in the fashion show were from the brand’s permanent archives.  

The event also brought together Hawaiian artisans and designers in a marketplace where vendors and attendees shopped and bonded, sharing in their love of muʻumuʻu and the stories behind them.  

Highlights from Mu‘u at the Museum 2023 


January 07, 2023 — Keane Akao