By Lennie Omalza and Stacey Makiya
Photo Courtesy of Eli Schmidt
Reach the Runway is the official nonprofit of HONOLULU Fashion Week. A program of the aio Foundation, it is being presented in partnership with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui’s REACH Out Hawai‘i Initiative.
Reach the Runway will create mentorship opportunities for Oʻahu middle school students who are interested in journalism, photography, fashion design, magazine design, hair and makeup, styling or modeling. The program will expand students’ technical skills in specific fields while building confidence, determination and passion for their future endeavors.
The long-term goal of Reach the Runway is to provide students with a broader understanding of careers in the local fashion industry and equip them with tools to start building their own paths in this field. The ultimate mission is to grow the Island fashion community, so that future professionals can thrive and expand the way the world views Hawaiʻi fashion.
Oʻahu middle school students who are currently enrolled in 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of April 1, 2015 are eligible to participate and should visit reachtherunway.com for more information. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2015.