Iris Gil Viacrusis’s worldwide designs will be featured in a fashion event to raise money for breast cancer education and research.

KITV4 EWA BEACH – Tickets for a fundraiser fashion show featuring creations by internationally renowned designer Iris Gil Viacrusis are still available.

On Saturday, August 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., Aloha for a Cure will be held at Iwalani’s Healing Garden at Ewa Beach.

The $100 ticket price will benefit the Iwalani Foundation’s breast cancer awareness campaign.

The renowned worldwide fashion designer Iris Gil Viacrusis will display Philippine clothing from all throughout the nation.

A prominent fashion designer with connections to Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Paris, Viacrusis has lived on Hawaii Island since 2005. Prior to enrolling at a prestigious fashion school in Paris, France, Viacrusis studied fashion in Los Angeles. He is the owner of the Big Island dress boutique Iris Gil Design, which specializes in Filipiniana and Hawaiian clothing. In addition, the Friends of Iolani Palace’s Alii Gown Reproduction Project selected him to reproduce royal gowns. He has directed designs for historical costumes for the Royal Court at the yearly Merrie Monarch event.

“Iris had been a cancer patient’s longterm carer. They were quite close, according to Kumu Hula Iwalani Tseu, the Iwalani Foundation’s founder and namesake. She advised Iris to pursue his passion of designing beautiful apparel before she passed away. This charity event honors his ability and his commitment to pursuing his ambition.

Tseu is a widely regarded cultural expert, counselor, and pioneer in both fashion and culture. She has beaten cancer twice.


Call Iris at (808) 895-9742 or Pacita at (808) 428-3308 to RSVP. $100.00 is the tax-deductible gift for each ticket (seat). Participants in the Dress to Impress competition are welcome, and those who bring their favorite tea cup set may win a surprise gift.

The Iwalani Foundation offers resources through community outreach to malama I ke kino to individuals of all ethnic groups, regardless of age, gender, or state of health (take care of the body). The foundation is dedicated to fulfilling its mission as the “voice of life,” or Ka leo o ke ola.


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