October means a few things—Fall has officially begun, it’s time to start the hunt for your Halloween costume, and most importantly, October is fashion month in Hawaii. Hawaii Fashion Month is more than what you see on the runway. It’s the designers, models, stylists, hair and makeup artists, photographers, journalists and countless more, all putting their stylish heads together for 30 days of sartorial bliss.

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Trust me when I say that there’s no party like a Hawai‘i Fashion Month party—Tuesday night’s red carpet event was the big kickoff and it didn’t disappoint. Drinks, music, food, a fashion show, and beautiful vignettes by Hawaii’s local designers all set the stage for the month-long opportunity to put the aloha state on the map as a powerhouse fashion destination.

With nearly 50 fashionable events to choose from, here are a few you won’t want to miss:

The Fall Fashion Event @ Ala Moana Center—Friday, Oct. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 6

The Fall Fashion Event returns to Ala Moana Center as part of Hawaii Fashion Month. Highlights include more than 100 in-store events, offers and promotions and daily fashion shows on Hawaii’s longest red carpet runway.

‘IOLANI: 60 Years of Aloha – Thursday, Oct. 10

In conjunction with Hawaii Fashion Month, 'IOLANI Sportswear will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a can’t-miss party.

Fiji Meets Fashion – Friday, Oct. 11

Local fashion brands Hawaii’s Finest & SG Swimwear present a runway fashion show and concert with Fiji and DJ Osna.

LUX at the Trump—Friday, Oct. 18

LUX at the Trump celebrates HFM with a styling competition featuring teams of local stylists, hair/makeup stylists, makeup artists, and models.

Honolulu Night Market—Saturday, Oct. 19

This monthly event never disappoints. Music, food, shopping with local designers, fashion shows, art exhibits and people watching – all in and around the street.

Full Fashion Friday/Elements @ The MODERN Honolulu—Friday, Oct. 25

Local Fashion Shows & Entertainment produced by Hawaii Pacific  Entertainment.

Royal Hawaiian Center Halloween Costume Fashion Show and Contest—Sunday, Oct. 27

Keiki from infancy to 10 years old are invited to compete in the Royal Hawaiian Center’s Halloween costume contest, held on the Sunday prior to Halloween.

Governor’s Fashion Awards—Wednesday, Oct. 30

Recognizing the great talent, skill and potential in Hawaii’s diverse and growing fashion industry, Governor Neil Abercrombie is reviving the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards as the show-stopping closing event of the inaugural Hawai‘i Fashion Month this October.

However, don’t let me stop you from attending them all. If you’re a diehard fashionista, then by all means, visit the Hawaii Fashion Month website for a full list of events.

For more coverage on Hawaii Fashion Month, check out my blog at www.thealohababe.com. Main story photo courtesy Travis Okimoto.