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Ballet Of Hawaii Song Of India

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

Heart Ball

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

Harry Winston

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

Il Lupino Grand Opening

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

Hata Foundation Benefit

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

Opera Ball 2011

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Kahala Associates

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Anne Namba & Meng Dynasty Evening Elegance

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury

HIFF Oscar Night

Apr 2011 - May 2011 HILuxury


June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> Dazzle, a fundraiser for the Central Union Church Preschool and Kindergarten, is a much buzzed-about event each year. This year, guests gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom to sample Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya\'s exquisite wine pairings for cuisine created by (among others) 12th Avenue Grill, Roy\'s, Le Bistro, Chai\'s Island Bistro and The Beach House at the Moana.

Jimmy Choo Eurocinema Fundraiser

June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> Last year saw the launch of EuroCinema Hawai\'i, a film festival dedicated to fostering positive exchange between the people of Europe and Hawai\'i through film. Jimmy Choo helped the cause with a cocktail party fundraiser at a private estate that featured its Spring/Summer 2011 collection, raising $50,000 for EuroCinema Hawai\'i.

Contempo 2011

June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> The Signature Event For The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Contempo Was Presented By The Friends Of The Contemporary Museum At Waikiki Edition. At This Gala, Guests Perused A Selection Of Artwork And Bid On Items In The Silent Auction Of Luxury Items And Fine Wines.


June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> This year\'s theme for HOOPLA was, \"LPEC, La Pietra Entertainment Central.\" The annual scholarship fundraiser for La Pietra was held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel\'s Monarch Room. In addition to a spectacular dinner, guests took part in spirited silent and live auctions.

The Contemporary Museum

June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> One of the Friends of TCM members graciously hosted an evening of art and wine tasting at a private Kahala estate. Guests learned about contemporary art while enjoying heavy pupu prepared by Formaggio Grill.

Illumination: Venetian Night, A Masquerade Ball

June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> It was a night of fantasy for the Assets School annual fundraiser, when the stars—in the form of actors Tony Shalhoub (Monk, Wings, Searching for Bobby Fischer) and his wife, Brooke Adams (Moonlighting, The Legend of Lucy Keys)—showed up at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Co-chairs Marilia Geisse and Helena Von Sydow assembled a delicious menu from, among others, Goran Streng of Tango Contemporary Café, Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop, and Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro.

Halekulani\'s \"An Evening Of Sustainable Cuisine\"

June 2011 - July 2011 HILuxury <br /> Part of Halekulani’s “A Weekend of Sustainabilty,” guests were treated to cuisine by Roy Yamaguchi, Vikram Garg, Ed Kenney as well as cocktails by master mixologist Julie Reiner.

Governor\'s Ball 2011

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Kama`aina Christmas

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Bishop Museum Fundraiser

Oct 2010 - Nov 2010 HILuxury


Oct 2010 - Nov 2010 HILuxury

Taste of Kahala

Oct 2010 - Nov 2010 HILuxury

Harry Winston Annual High Jewelry Event

Oct 2010 - Nov 2010 HILuxury

Starlight Ball

Aug 2010 - Sep 2010 HILuxury

Maui Film Festival

Aug 2010 - Sep 2010 HILuxury


Aug 2010 - Sep 2010 HILuxury

Opening of Morimoto's at Edition

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 HILuxury

The Joy of Food and Wine at Halekulani

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 HILuxury

The Contemporary Museum

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Hawaii\'s Modern Masters

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Hawaii Film Festival Opening Night Gala

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

C.S. Wo & Sons Home for the Holidays

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 HILuxury

Taste of Kahala

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 HILuxury

Me and Ro Jewelry Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 HILuxury

Taste of Helumoa

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 HILuxury

Special Dinner \"For Japan\"

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br /> Chef Nobu Matsuhisa welcomed Chef Yuji Wakiya to his Waikiki restaurant where the two offered up a special eight-course <I>omakase</I>. As a preview to this special menu, the two partnered with Halekulani\'s executive chef Vikram Garg for a culinary benefit called \"For Japan\" at the Hau Terrace. The special menu combined the signature cuisines created by the three chefs: Chef Nobu\'s Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine, Chef Wakiya\'s Haute Chinese Cuisine and Chef Vikram\'s Neo-Classic Indian Cuisine. All proceeds from the event-which sold out within hours of being announced-benefited victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Kahala Food & Wine Classic

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br /> James Beard award-winning Chef Cindy Pawlcyn and Napa Valley vintners Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards joined forces with The Kahala Resort & Spa\'s executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi for two days of culinary bliss. Guests were treated to dinners hosted by Fred Schrader as well as a cigar seminar by Michael Herklots of Davidoff cigars of Geneva.

Cinema Italiano

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> Film buffs gathered to celebrate the 8th annual Cinema Italiano. Guests who were lucky enough to get a ticket mingled with jurors Franco Amurri, Bonni Lee, Edgy Lee, Ron Nagasawa and Neal Israel at the VIP Juror\'s Reception. At the Opening Night Gala on the following evening, guests gathered on the rooftop of the Kahala Theatres for food selections from Baci Bistro, La Gelateria, Sabrina\'s, Hoku\'s and more. Then, it was on to the films that included: <I>18 Years Later</I>, <I>A Quiet Life</I> and <I>Happy Family</I>.

The Descendants VIP Reception

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> The Hawaii International Film Festival closed out its 31st year with one of the most anticipated movies for, not only the festival, but the entire fall movie-going season. <I>The Descendants</I>, directed by Oscar-winner Alexander Payne and based on a book by Kaui Hart Hemmings, received a standing ovation after its screening. In the Q&A that followed, the Gabby Pahinui-heavy soundtrack was complimented, and producer Jim Burke encouraged the audience to see the film again, the better to absorb the entire experience. Later that evening, VIP guests-that included Payne, Hemmings and Burke-gathered at Ruth\'s Chris Steak House to fete the movie\'s Hawai\'i premier.

From Mauka To Makai

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> It was a foodie dream come true on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village with celebrity chefs posing for pictures in between handing out their own farm-to-table creations. Joining island chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong were John Besh, Michael Cimarusti, Celestino Drago, Dean Fearing, Michael Ginor.

ILIMA Awards

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> The best of Honolulu dining was feted at the Diamond Head Theatre at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser\'s annual Ilima Awards dinner. The event not only showcases the city\'s must-dine-at restaurants, it\'s also the signature fundraiser for Diamond Head Theatre.

Moët On Ice

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> A sparkling crowd gathered for a sunset cocktail party at Morimoto Waikiki showcasing Moët & Chandon\'s new Ice Impérial. All agreed that the chilled bubbly-with mint leaves and lemon slices-was the perfect libation for Hawai\'i\'s tropical soirees.

Hawai\'i Food & Wine Festival Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Dinner

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> Guests were treated to a lavish formal dinner with dishes created by Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys, San Francsisco), Yoshihiro Murata (Kikunoi, Japan), Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Los Angeles), Alessandro Stratta (Stratta, Las Vegas), Tetsuya Wakuda (Testuya\'s, Australia) and Hawai\'i-based acclaimed chefs Vikram Garg of Halekulani and Robin Lee of Nobu Waikiki. Proceeds from this elegant affair-like all of the events throughout the Hawai\'i Food & Wine Festival-benefited the Hawai\'i Agricultural Foundation and the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.


December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> Guests were transported to a Brazilian rainforest via samba music and dance at the Zoofari Amazon. The fundraiser for the Honolulu Zoo Society featured gourmet fare from Morimoto Waikiki, Chai\'s Island Bistro, Azure Restaurant, Hank\'s Haute Dogs, 12th Avenue Grill and more. Silent auction items included the opportunity to have a private dinner at the Zoo\'s newly opened elephant habitat.

Kahala Resort & Spa Tree Lighting  Ceremony

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />Guests got into the holiday spirit at Kahala Resort & Spa\'s Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festive event, which featured a performance by the Honolulu Boys Choir, was a benefit for HUGS, a non-profit organization that\'s been helping Hawai\'i\'s seriously ill children for a quarter century.

Eurocinema Hawai\'i

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />EuroCinema Hawai\'i feted its very successful second season with a VIP party at a private residence and an Awards Gala the following night at the Moana Surfrider. The evening, presented by Luxury Row, featured delicacies from The Beach House at The Moana, Kai Market, SALT, Hoku\'s and Plumeria Beach House. Guests (including Kelly Hu, Terry O\'Quinn, Daniel Zacapa and Peter Lenkov) applauded as The Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film was awarded to <I>We Need to Talk About Kevin</I>. Actor Gregg Sulkin was given the Rising Star Award and Lana Dang\'s <I>Pa\'ahana</I> won for Best Student Film.

Honolulu Theatre For Youth

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />Honolulu Theatre for Youth\'s (HTY) annual fundraiser was a vibrant crowd-pleaser, as usual. This year\'s theme, \"Masquerade,\" had guests putting their best \"faces\" forward.

Hawaii\'s Modern Masters

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />Art aficionados gathered at Luxury Row for the unveiling of the annual Hawaii\'s Modern Masters exhibits. Each boutique hosted installations by contemporary Hawai\'i artists, including Licia McDonald, Sally French and George Wollard.

Welcome Reception For Chi Cao

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> Ballet Hawaii welcomed internationally acclaimed dancer, Chi Cao (<I>Mao\'s Last Dancer</I>) with a reception at Moanalua Gardens\' Chinese Hall when he was in town for the ballet company\'s annual production of the <I>Nutcracker</I>.

PACT\'s \"Casino Royale\"

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> It was a 007-themed night when Parents and Children Together (PACT) hosted its Casino Royale fundraiser at The Pacific Club. Guests tried their luck at casino games, and attempted to out-bid each other during the silent and celebrity auctions. Proceeds benefitted PACT\'s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.


February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> The Hawai\'i branch of the International Dyslexia Association\'s annual fundraiser was held recently at the Nu\'uanu home of Herb and Nancy Conley.

HIFF Opening Night

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />The sweet strains of Hawaiian music floating up to Halekulani\'s Hau Terrace, sun setting in the background, set a beautiful scene as Hawai\'i film buffs gathered for the Hawaii International Film Festival\'s Opening Night Gala. Mingling and nibbling on treats such as boneless short rib katsu and bo sam (a delectable raw oyster wrapped in kimchee and pork, topped with miso)-and sipping a killer Disaronno cocktail- guests were shuttled to the opening night feature, <I>The Front Line</I>.

Hawai\'i State Art Museum

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />It was an evening filled with beauty at the Hawai\'i State Art Museum\'s \"Imagine a Night of Art.\" Guests were treated to evening viewings of the galleries, dinner-catered by Ed Kenny of Downtown @ the HiSAM-in the Sculpture Lobby and music by Hapa. Proceeds from the gala benefit The Friends of Hawai\'i State Art Museum and its programs.

Hawai\'i Food & Wine Festival Streets Of Asia: Morimoto And Friends

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> <I>Streets of Asia: Morimoto and Friends</I> kicked off the first-annual Hawai\'i Food & Wine Festival in its sultry seaside setting at The Modern Honolulu. Featured chefs Justin Quek, Guy Rubino, Edward Kwon, Mourad Lahlou, Charles Phan, Hiroshi Fukui, Chai Chaowasaree and Scott Toner joined chef Masaharu Morimoto for an evening filled with exotic flavors of Asia.

Hope Lodge Gala

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> Hope Lodge Hawai\'i Capital Campaign co-chair Dr. Lawrence Tseu welcomed donors and supporters to the Hope Lodge Gala at Modern Honolulu. The Hope Lodge provides a home away from home for cancer patients and their families. The planned Hope Lodge-the first in the state-will be 14,800 square feet with 19 guest rooms. Patients will be provided with free transportation to their treatment facility.

C.S. Wo Year of the Rabbit Celebration

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br />Things got festive as C.S. Wo & Sons celebrated the Year of The Rabbit in style. The beautifully appointed showroom was adorned with artwork by Tagami and Powell alongside the striking jewelry and menswear creations of Amos Kotomori. Guests were treated to champagne and Southeast Asian cuisine by Spices.

Treasures Of Waikiki

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> Na Mea Makamae o Waikiki (Special Treasures of Waikiki) was a benefit for the Waikiki Community Center held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii Ballroom. Highlighting the night\'s festivities was the presenting of the 2011 Kahiau Awards to honorees Hawai\'i Tourism Authority, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa and Myrna and Eddie Kamae and the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation.

Po\'okela Awards

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> It was a night of drama as Hawai\'i\'s theater community gathered at the Ko\'olau Ballrooms to celebrate their best and brightest at the Hawai\'i State Theatre Council\'s Po\'okela Awards. Diamond Head Theatre walked away with 27 awards, followed by Manoa Valley Theatre with 19 awards and Army Community Theatre with 14. Brad Powell, Artistic Director for The Actors Group (TAG) received the Pierre Brown Award.

Escada Fall 2011 Preview

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br />A stylish crowd gathered at the Waikiki EDITION\'s Sun Suite for a special preview of ESCADA\'s Fall 2011 offerings. Moving elegantly from afternoon to evening, the fashions-a breezy mix of elegance and modernity-drew admiring comments from guests as they sipped cocktails at sunset.

State of the Global Art Market

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br />Philip M. Jelley Jr., a senior vice president of Sotheby\'s Auction House, treated guests to an illuminating presentation at the Pacific Club. During the evening seminar sponsored by Mary Worrall Associates Sotheby\'s International Realty, the renowned appraiser outlined tips for art aficionados to use when building their collections. Later, Jelley answered more questions as he mingled with guests at a cocktail reception.


August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br /> The annual black-tie gala is a fundraiser for the Hawaii Theatre Center. This year\'s event, held at the Kahala Hotel & Resort was all about vintage Hawaiian. Decked out in old-style glamour, guests perused the silent auction-always a highlight-that offered up travel packages, entertainment opportunities and exclusive dining experiences.

Caring for Japan\'s Keiki

August 2011 - September 2011 HILuxury <br />Celebrities Mark Dacascos and Kelly Hu co-hosted a fundraiser at Trump International Hotel for the Save the Children organization. The actors mingled with guests during a sunset cocktail hour. Later, everyone was treated to a private concert by jazz fusion band Hiroshima.

La Dolce Vita

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> <I>HILuxury </I>and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai hosted La Dolce Vita, an elegant food and wine pairing dinner at the resort\'s signature restaurant, Beach Tree. Chef Nick Mastracusa and restaurant manager Chuck Wilson shared the fruits of their of culinary research (in California and Italy) at this special event that not only treated guests to a beautiful evening filled with great food and wine, but also raised money for The Kona Hospital Foundation.

Fendi Fatto A Mano For The Future Hawaii

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> Roman craftsmen from Fendi worked with Hawai\'i artists Eli Baxter and Aaron Padilla to create contemporary design pieces that meld each artist\'s signature craft with Fendi\'s Italian sensibilities and materials. To celebrate these pieces, guests gathered at the Ala Moana Center and Royal Hawaiian Center boutiques to view them and mingle with the artists themselves. The Roman craftsmen were also on hand, taking appointments with attendees to customize their own Fendi Selleria handbag. Proceeds benefited the University of Hawai\'i Art Department.

The Campaign For Hawai\'i\'s Children

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> Supporters of the Kapi\'olani Health Foundation gathered for an evening of dining and entertainment in honor of the largest capital campaign on behalf of health care for Hawai\'i\'s children. As guests enjoyed a fine dinner, Amy Hanaiali\'i & Kapi\'olani Friends entertained them. Foundation members shared with the audience details about the plans to build a world-class children\'s hospital that offers space for families and training facilities for medical professionals.

Joy Of Food & Wine

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> REHAB Foundation\'s popular Joy of Food & Wine gala was held at Halekulani. The elegant evening featured the best in culinary offerings and select fine wines. All guests were eager to sample the menu created by this year\'s guest chef, Chef/Owner Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro. All proceeds from the event benefit the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, its programs and patients.

After-School All-Stars Dinner Benefit

December - January 2012 HILuxury<br /> After-School All-Stars Hawaii celebrated their 2nd Annual All-Star Affair event at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Guests were treated to special musical guests Sunway, Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho, as well as a live auction item facilitated by UH Men\'s Basketball Coach Gib Arnold. The highlight of the evening was the chorus, hip-hop, ukulele performances and personal reflections by All-Stars, all which received standing ovations. The benefit supports All-Star programs at seven middle schools on O\'ahu: Dole Middle, Kalakaua Middle, Jarrett Middle, Washington Middle, King Intermediate, Nanakuli Intermediate and Wai\'anae Intermediate Schools.

Queen Emma Ball

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> St. Andrew\'s Priory honored Connie and Russell Lau for their commitment to changing lives through education at the fifth annual Queen Emma Ball, held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa\'s Coral Ballroom. Guests were treated to an elegant evening of dining and entertainment, while they bid on great finds such as a Colorado ski trip, a <I>Hawaii 5-0</I> behind-the-scenes tour, fine wines and more.

HPU President Chatt G. Wright Retires

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> Hawai`i Pacific University supporters and friends attended a gala dinner at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel June 22 to honor retiring HPU President Chatt G. Wright. More than 200 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and a slideshow. President Wright served nearly 40 years at the helm of Hawai`i\'s largest private university.

Tiffany & Co.

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br />Honolulu had the honor of being the first stop for the launching of the Fall-Winter 2011 offerings from Tiffany & Co.\'s Leather Collection. Designers John Truex and Richard Lambertson were on hand to introduce the line. The instantly iconic Tiffany Reversible Tote (TRT) was an evident favorite among guests.

Inspiration VIP Event

October - November 2011 HILuxury<br /> INspiration furniture owner Thomas Sorensen hosted a party to introduce his VIP clientele to the new Jesse Gallery. The select crowd browsed the European-styled furnishings and custom closet systems from the international furniture manufacturer head- quartered in Francenigo, Venetia, Italy.

Halekulani Living Launch Party

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Hawaii Theatre Gala

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Georg Jensen Event

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: A private holiday cocktail party was held at the Halekulani, in celebration of the hotel\'s Georg Jensen boutique. Jewelry and other pieces from the renowned line were showcased at the event.

2100 Kalakaua Art Exhibit

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: An opening reception hosted by Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua Ave. and The Fine Art Associates ushered in a series of in-store art exhibits along Waikiki\'s famed shopping strip. Local artists were the focus of the exhibition.

Opera Ball

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: A silent auction and other festivities left the Sheraton Waikiki abuzz as the Hawaii Opera Theatre held its 2008 fundraiser.

A Waikiki Winter at the Parc

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: The Halekulani Corporation held a festive \"pool party\" to mark the launch of the Waikiki Parc Hotel\'s pool deck (now called \"Parc Blue\"). Guests were treated to food from Nobu Waikiki and Ruth\'s Chris Steak House, exclusive Parc Chic Wines and live art and entertainment by Ground Up and IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Robert Burns Anniversary

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: The Caledonian Society of Hawaii celebrated the 250th anniversary of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns at the Hawaii Convention Center. Event attendees wore traditional Scottish attire and were treated to a night of singing, dancing, poetry readings and an awards presentation.

Governor's Ball 2009

December 2008 - January 2009 HILuxury: The 2008 Governor\'s Ball was held at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom on Nov. 15. The event, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes Hawaii chapter, honored Mark Dunkerley and Hawaiian Airlines with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Royal Hawaiian Inaugural Ball

February 2009 - March 2009 HILuxury: A celebration was held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in honor of President Barack Obama\'s start in office on Jan. 20. The event also served as a benefit for the Hawaii Democratic Party and allowed guests to experience the new renovations of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Obama became the 44th President of the United States and made history as the first African American to hold the office. Obama is celebrated in Hawaii for his local ties, having been born in Honolulu and having graduated from Punahou School.

Shanghai Tang Event

April 2009 - May 2009 HILuxury: Feed the Hungry Foundation held an event at Shanghai Tang in Ala Moana to announce a new microcredit-loan program to help those in poverty. Shanghai Tang donated 10 percent of its sales from Jan. 25-31 to the new FTH endeavor.

Assets Fundraiser

April 2009 - May 2009 HILuxury: Actor Tony Shalhoub, star of the TV series Monk, and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, visited the islands to attend an event for Assets School. The fundraiser, held at the Sheraton Waikiki, featured fine dining and raised money for school tuition assistance and learning resources.

Honolulu Symphony

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: Honolulu Symphony celebrated its 12th annual \"Ports of Call\" Symphony Ball in the Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center. Chaired by Rick Blangiardi, the event provided excellent entertainment, dining and festivities. Principal conductor Andreas Delfs and pops principal conductor Matt Catingub provided the orchestral direction for the night, while Chef Bev Gannon of Haliimaile General Store returned with an exquisite gourmet dinner menu. The ball also featured the signature \"Marketplaces of the World\" silent auction, which boasted international treasures, including jewelry, rare books, wine and spirits, fashion, fine art and music. The Symphony Ball welcomes more than 700 community leaders and supporters of the Honolulu Symphony each year. Since 1998, the fundraiser has raised more than $3.7 million for music education and enrichment programs.

The Counter

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: Celebrities and burger enthusiasts attended a VIP opening party at The Counter in Kahala Mall. The California-based chain debuted its flagship Hawaii location in February, a new venture for world-renowned restaurateur D.K. Kodama and actor Daniel Dae Kim of the TV show <em>Lost</em>.

Miu Miu

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: The first Miu Miu store in Honolulu opened to the buzz of Hollywood stars and fabulously dressed fashionistas. Miu Miu, known for its cool-meets-classic handbags, clothes and accessories, is the second line created by Miuccia Prada, which was launched in 1992. Since then, the line has become a favorite of celebrities like Katie Holmes.


June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: A party hosted by Fletcher Jones III celebrated the opening of the new Jaguar & Land Rover showroom on Ala Moana Boulevard. Guests at the event were treated to food by Elmer Guzman of Da Poke Stop, drinks and entertainment. The showroom was blessed, and attendees were able to see the newest offerings from Jaguar of Honolulu and Land Rover of Honolulu.

Halekulani Anniversary

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: Halekulani Hotel welcomed esteemed guests to an exclusive party held in honor of its 25th anniversary. Known for exceptional amenities, stellar dining and great service, the Halekulani has consistently been given high marks by local, national and international media. The hotel\'s perennial success was celebrated with a night of fabulous festivities.

Royal Hawaiian Grand Opening

April 2009 - May 2009 HILuxury: After undergoing a major renovation, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened its doors with a fundraising gala for The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation. The event, held in partnership with Louis Vuitton, drew in A-list celebrities (Hayden Panettiere, Justin Long and Heather Graham), as well as Hawaii\'s most-prominent figures.

Heart Ball

April 2009 - May 2009 HILuxury: The American Heart Association held its annual Heart Ball at the Sheraton Waikiki. The ball buzzed with festivities from an auction of fine jewelry, art and other items, to an elegant dinner prepared with fresh, high-quality, heart-healthy ingredients. The event is a fundraiser to support the organization\'s mission to promote healthier living in Hawaii, with an emphasis on getting information out to the public about cardiovascular disease and stroke. The American Heart Association pioneers messages about maintaining proper nutrition and active lifestyles. The annual Honolulu Heart Ball is one of the year\'s best social events.

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Benefit

December 2008 - January 2009 HILuxury: Presented by AIG Hawaii, \"The Joy of Food & Wine\" was held at the Halekulani with special celebrity guest chef Pascal Olhats showcasing his culinary creations. Proceeds from this annual event have raised $1 million over the past 10 years it has been held.

Italian Film Festival

December 2008 - January 2009 HILuxury: Actors, actresses and notable community figures turned out for a VIP reception to kick off the Cinema Italiano festival. Held at the Ferrari Maserati showroom, the event treated guests to a film screening as well.

Indashio Fashion Show

February 2008 - March 2008 HILuxury: Hot young designer Brad Batory self-dubbed Indashio showcased his Spring 2008 line at the Honolulu Design Center in January. Indashio\'s Viva Las Vegas collection debuted at last fall\'s New York Fashion Week, marking the arrival of the 23-year-old on the couture scene. From leopard-print frocks to slinky cocktail numbers, Indashio\'s style savvy; he\'s dressed Nicky Hilton and Tyra Banks, among others lit up the night. The event also raised funds for the Hawaii Adult Friends for Youth and the Hawaiian Development Community Board.

C.S. Wo Holiday Party

February 2008 - March 2008 HILuxury: Under the theme At Home for the Holidays, C.S. Wo and Neiman Marcus collaborated for an unforgettable event at the C.S. Wo Gallery in downtown Honolulu. The celebration featured table settings and holiday fashions from Neiman Marcus, as well as gourmet food and wine.

Dior 60th Anniversary

February 2008 - March 2008 HILuxury: The famed couture name celebrated a milestone anniversary in December 2007. Festivities held at the Dior store in Ala Moana Center unveiled Dior\'s 60th anniversary book and showcased the designer\'s influential style.

2100 Kalakaua Fine Arts Exhibit

December 2007 - January 2008 HILuxury: Waikiki\'s Luxury Row on 2100 Kalakaua Ave. opened a fine arts exhibit Nov. 3 with a night of festivities. Retailers including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany & Co. opened their doors to showcase in-store exhibits of work from noted artists like painter Alan Leitner and ceramist Daven Hee.

Governor\'s Ball

December 2007 - January 2008 HILuxury: The March of Dimes 2007 Governor\'s Ball was held at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom Saturday, Oct. 27. A fundraiser for March of Dimes efforts in the prevention of birth defects, the event featured entertainment and a presentation of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community to former Governor Ben Cayetano.

East-West Center Foundation Dinner

August 2007 - September 2007 HILuxury: The Honorable U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye received the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Community Building Award on Friday, June 1, 2007. The Center's annual fundraiser, held this year at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, was themed "The Magic of East & West," and raised money for East-West Center Scholarships.

Theater Marquee

August 2007 - September 2007 HILuxury: Manoa Valley Theatre's annual fundraiser featured entertainment by Jimmy Borges, Alethea Train and Cathy Foy. Under the title Manoa Marquee: A Celebration of the Arts in Hawaii, the fundraiser honored Mark Wong and Guy Merola of Commercial Data Systems for their dedication to the arts.

Nordstrom Gala

April 2008 - May 2008 HILuxury: Local fashionistas, celebrities and VIPs turned out en masse on March 5, 2008 for the opening celebration of Nordstrom in Ala Moana Center. The retailer\'s first Hawaii store debuted to the fanfare of a full runway fashion show, and guests were treated to an exclusive sneak preview shopping spree through Nordstrom\'s three-floors of designer wares. Proceeds from the event went to benefit Bishop Museum, Hawaii Theater Center and HUGS.

Hawaii Theatre Fundraising Gala Celebration

June 2008 - July 2008 HILuxury: Held at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, the Hawaii Theatre Center\'s annual black-tie fund-raiser drew guests for an evening of fine dining, auctions and stunning table favors from Tiffany & Co. ENCORE! was chaired by theatre board member Linda Ahlers. \"Past guests have told us that our gala has some of the most selective and creative auction packages of any Honolulu fundraiser,\" Ahlers said. \"Many items are so special that they otherwise could not be purchased at any price.\"

Ballet Hawaii Benefit

October 2008 - November 2008 HILuxury: Ballet Hawaii hosted a fundraiser Sept. 6, treating attendees to \"Music of the Night.\" Held at a historic Nuuanu home owned by Stanford Carr, the benefit featured performances by stars of Return of the Three Phantoms, fine dining and an \"unequaled, up-close Broadway experience.\"

Historic Hawaii Foundation Fundraiser

December 2008 - January 2009 HILuxury: At the Hawaii Convention Center on Nov. 1, the Historic Hawaii Foundation honored Bert and Susan Kobayashi with the 2008 Kama\'aina of the Year designation for their historical presevation efforts.

TCM Gems and Little Jewels

December 2008 - January 2009 HILuxury: Harry Winston \"dazzles\" the night at The Contemporary Museum\'s \"Gems and Little Jewels\" event graciously hosted at the home of Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith. It was an evening of wonderful art, gems and jewels - highlighted with a Harry Winston Diamond Avenue C timepiece that rose to more than $23,000 to benefit the TCM.

HILuxury Anniversary Gala

August 2008 - September 2008 HILuxury: <em>HILuxury</em> marked its one-year anniversary with a celebratory event on June 3, 2008. Ruth\'s Chris Steak House in Waikiki buzzed with activity as HILuxury\'s contributors toasted to the magazine\'s milestone.

Symphony Ball

August 2008 - September 2008 HILuxury: Honolulu Symphony held its 11th annual \"Ports of Call\" Symphony Ball to the tune of orchestral music, dancing and festivities. The event serves as a fundraiser for the symphony\'s music education and community outreach initiatives.

Contempo at Neiman Marcus

June 2008 - July 2008 HILuxury: The Contemporary Museum held its annual \"ConTempo\" black-tie event at Neiman Marcus, featuring an art sale and entertainment to benefit the local art institution. Under the \"Latin Nights\" theme, 500 guests danced to the sounds of Son Caribe and enjoyed a \"Wines and Beyond\" silent auction.

Maui Film Festival

August 2008 - September 2008 HILuxury: This year\'s Maui Film Festival drew cinema aficionados and A-list celebrities to the beautiful community of Wailea. Events were held from June 17 to 21, with honors being bestowed on Pierce Brosnan, Felicity Huffman, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Quaid for their work in film.

Escada Patrons of the Arts 2009

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: A luxe party was held at the Ala Moana Escada store to honor prominent Honolulu women who are patrons of local arts. Model Conrad Grodd and actress/model Rochelle Ovit (of CSI Miami, Nip/Tuck and Ugly Betty) flew in especially for the event, as did Escada\'s West Coast regional director Kerry Kooistra Maese and special events manager Kathryn Knox. Honolulu socialites and fashion mavens dined on canapes and cocktails as Escada showcased its latest offerings. A percentage of the proceeds benefited Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Olympic Committee Dinner

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and \"Queen of Talk\" television host Oprah Winfrey shared a table at a gala dinner April 6 in Chicago honoring the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They attended at the invitation of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to support Chicago\'s proposal to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Winfrey expressed how much she loves Hawaii and looks forward to spending time here. Hannemann said the Olympics present an exciting opportunity for the United States to showcase American athletic talent, foster meaningful relationships with other nations and draw thousands of international visitors to U.S. cities. He joined Daley and other officials to present to the IOC\'s Evaluation Commission the United States proposal to host the games. Hannemann emphasized to the commission that the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) strongly supports Chicago\'s Olympics proposal. Hannemann is chairman of the USCM Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee.

'La Boheme' Opening

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: The cast of Hawaii Opera Theatre\'s production of La Boheme converged on Louis Vuitton in Ala Moana for an invitation-only \"Meet the Stars\" party. HOT marks its 50th anniversary in 2010, showcasing several grand operas this season. La Boheme is an opera by Giacomo Puccini that inspired the contemporary Broadway musical Rent.

'Figaro' Opening

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: An opening party was held at the Salvatore Ferragamo Ala Moana store featuring the stars from Hawaii Opera Theatre\'s grand opera production of Mozart\'s <em>Le Nozze di Figaro</em>. The opera, which debuted at the end of January, included principal artists Michael Chioldi, Inna Dukach and Honolulu\'s own Leon Williams in the title role of Figaro.

Year of the Tiger Celebration

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: C.S. Wo held an event in February to ring in the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Tiger party featured drinks and festivities, designed to usher in the Year of the Tiger with wishes of health, prosperity and all the best for the company\'s dearest colleagues and patrons.

Kama`aina Christmas

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: Honolulu Academy of Arts hosted its 24th annual Kama`aina Christmas, a luxe gala that benefits the academy\'s general operating fund. Held on site at the Beretania Street gallery and museum, guests reveled in its \"From Mauka to Makai\" theme and enjoyed a special dinner, silent auction and drawing for accessories by Cartier.

Kona Village Gala

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: Christmas at Kona Village was presented on the Big Island by the American Culinary Foundation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. In its 21st year, the event featured sumptuous, island-fresh dishes and a live auction to fund local culinary scholarships and benefit the food service program at Hawaii Community College.

'A Halekulani Wish'

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: Unveiling its Premier Suites, Halekulani Hotel hosted a night of cocktails and festivities, allowing attendees to tour its most elite accommodations. The new Orchid Suite, boasting an exclusive Steinway Lyngdorf entertainment lounge, is the latest addition to the hotel\'s Premier Suites set, which also includes the Royal and Vera Wang suites.

Hawaii's Modern Masters

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: Retailers along Waikiki\'s renowned Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua Ave. opened their doors to art aficionados as several local artists showcased their latest work. From glass and wood sculptures to intricate mixed media pieces, the event highlighted the new and innovative aesthetic creations currently defining the modern art movement in Hawaii.

59 Kailuana Party

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: Developer Don Eovino and his team recently showcased the 59 Kailuana property to a bevy of guests. The home was opened to host a night of live entertainment by Don Tiki, and attendees were treated to a look at the interior and exterior amenities offered at the property.

An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: Hawaii\'s leading chefs and wine experts came together at Halekulani for an event to benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. This evening affair celebrated environmentally conscious culinary efforts with bistro dining, live cooking stations and sustainable drinks from HALL Wines of Napa Valley.

Tuxes and Tails

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Hawaii Prince 20th Anniversary

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury


June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Eurocinema Fundraiser

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Liquid Luxury

June 2010 - July 2010 HILuxury

Heart Ball

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: The American Heart Association\'s 33rd annual Heart Ball brought together numerous business and community names to Sheraton Waikiki Hotel for its fundraising gala. Auction items, dinner and dancing filled the night as patrons attended the celebration for a good cause.

Consulate Ball

March 2010 - April 2010 HILuxury: The Consular Corps Hawaii recently hosted its 2010 Ball at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. This year\'s event honored Niklaus Schweizer (honorary consul of Switzerland) and Lt. Gen. Hank Stackpole, USMC (Ret.) for their work in diplomatic and international relations. Hawaii\'s Consular Corps dates back to 1824, when American and British representatives first met in the Islands.

'Evening of Renewal'

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: The debut of a new spa treatment at Spa Halekulani was the highlight of a recent celebration at the Halekulani hotel. Guests were invited to enjoy an evening of pampering, complete with on-site massages, treatment demonstrations and a showcase of locally made fashion and beauty items.

East-West Center Anniversary

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: The East-West Center recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner at Hilton Hawaiian Village. The event paid homage to the center\'s founders, including Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, former Hawaii governors John Burns, William Quinn and George Ariyoshi, and the late President Lyndon B. Johnson, whose daughters were in attendance. The East-West Center was established in 1960 by U.S. Congress to foster relations among Asian, Pacific and U.S. nations.

Grand Debutant Ball

October 2009 - November 2009: Island guests of Prince and Princess S.R.I. Vittorio and Dialta Alliata di Montereale at the Grand Debutant Ball held this summer for the presentation of their radiant daughters at Rome\'s exclusive Circolo della Caccia. It was an evening of dreamy grandeur where all had a stupendous time.

Harry Winston Private Party

October 2009 - November 2009: The House of Harry Winston held a private Ultimate Creations unveiling at the Halekulani Hotel\'s Royal Suite. This exclusive cocktail party showcased a stunning array of the world-famous jewelry house\'s exquisite gems and unique pieces.

Escada Private Party

October 2009 - November 2009: In honor of Fashion\'s Night Out, an event spurred by Vogue magazine to stimulate the fashion industry, fashion capitals held festivities at the biggest shopping centers and design houses all over the world. Escada at Ala Moana Center joined the celebration by hosting an exclusive party and showcasing their latest designs.

Kahala Food & Wine Classic

August 2009 - September 2009: Chef Emeril Lagasse, noted for his charisma and unique take on Creole cooking, visited the Islands for a special appearance at The Kahala Food & Wine Classic. The host of TV\'s <em>Essence of Emeril</em> prepared a sumptuous dinner with signature New Orleans flavors paired with wines from Schrader Cellars. He also participated in a live cooking demonstration, creating Cajun and Creole dishes such as beignets and chicory coffee. The Kahala Hotel\'s Food & Wine Classic brings elite names in food and wine together in an intimate local setting. The culinary weekend has highlighted cuisines from Miami, Australia and Japan in the past, and continues to introduce Islanders to unique ingredients and insights from top professionals.

Taste of Chocolate

August 2009 - September 2009: One of the most notable events at the 2009 Maui Film Festival was the Taste of Chocolate, held on the night of June 19. Hosted at the Four Seasons Wailea, this culinary party boasted chocolate creations in many delectable forms, from a Chocolate Grand Marnier Souffle to a Chocolate Pot de Creme with Strawberry Chutney. The Four Seasons Wailea hosted an entire week devoted to chocolate leading up to the Taste of Chocolate night.

Hawaii Theatre Center Gala

June 2009 - July 2009 HILuxury: \"Moonlight Magic\" was the theme of this year\'s Hawaii Theatre Center black tie gala. Held at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, the event was chaired by Adm. (Ret) Tom and Sarah Fargo and drew supporters of the theater s work in the arts. The gala is Hawaii Theatre\'s annual major fundraising event. Built in 1922, Hawaii Theatre has served throughout time as a venue for shows, concerts, film and other entertainment. Hawaii Theatre Center is the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Hawaii Theatre, helping to maintain its presence as an iconic building in downtown Honolulu. In 2005, it was recognized as the \"Outstanding Historic Theatre in America\" by the League of Historic American Theatre.

Maui Film Festival

August 2009 - September 2009: An event that brings out the stars - both in the Wailea sky and from Hollywood - the 2009 Maui Film Festival lived up to its perennially stellar label of being the \"Sundance Film Festival of the Pacific.\" This year\'s festival showcased numerous films, including (500) Days of Summer, featuring actress Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel was among several A-list celebrities who attended the event, joining Tori Spelling, Kristen Bell and Eddie Murphy, among others. Each year, the Maui Film Festival aims to honor gems in filmmaking and figures who have made an impact in the industry. Deschanel received a Nova Award, and musician Willie Nelson was given the Maverick Award this year.

Rehab Foundation Gala

October 2009 - November 2009: Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation held its 12th annual Joy of Food & Wine at the Halekulani Hotel. The event, which raised funds for REHAB Foundation\'s Neuro programs, featured live music, wine and delectable Island cuisine by Halekulani Executive Chef Vikram Garg.

Tag the World

October 2009 - November 2009: Robert Parks-Valletta founded the Tag the World organization in an effort to raise charitable awareness through fashionable events and personal involvement. With the help of actress/athlete Hannah Cornett, the Tag the World Charity Celebrity Triathlon was brought to Hawaii and celebrated with a festive luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Governor's Ball 2009

December 2009 - January 2010 HILuxury: Held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort, the 2009 March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter Governor\'s Ball honored Danny Kaleikini for his outstanding community service efforts. The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and continues to provide support for research and services to better infant health.

BLT Grand Opening

February 2010 - March 2010 HILuxury: Chef Laurent Tourondel has brought his world-renowned steakhouse to Hawaii, with the first BLT Steak opening in January in Waikiki. Guests came to celebrate the sleek new dining spot and savor the restaurant\'s menu of signature dishes. BLT (which stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel) is located in the Trump International Hotel at the Waikiki Beach Walk.

Opera Ball

December 2009 - January 2010 HILuxury: Hawaii Opera Theatre held its annual Opera Ball gala at the Sheraton Waikiki. This year\'s Opera Ball was especially significant, as it was the lead-in to HOT\'s 50th anniversary season. In appreciation of the support the organization has received from the community over the years, HOT will be hosting a free Gala Chorus Concert on Jan. 10, showcasing the best chorus arias of all time.

'A Vanity Fair' Benefit

December 2009 - January 2010 HILuxury: The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization comprised of young, service-oriented professionals, hosted a party on Halloween night. With an homage to \"old Hollywood meets new Hollywood,\" the event featured a live auction and entertainment at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort.

Donald Trump Jr. in Honolulu

October 2009 - November 2009: Donald Trump Jr. visited the Islands on Aug. 11 and set foot on the site of the new Trump International Hotel & Tower at Waikiki Beach Walk. He was welcomed with an invitation-only event, where he mingled with guests and shared details of the new development.

Cinema Italiano

December 2009 - January 2010 HILuxury: A stellar reception marked the start of the 2009 Cinema Italiano in Hawaii festival. From Nov. 5 to 8, Cinema Italiano in Hawaii showcased a diverse array of Italian films at Consolidated\'s Kahala Theater. This is the sixth year that Cinema Italiano in Hawaii, along with the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii, have held the event in an effort to create a cultural bridge between Hawaii and Italy.


February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> Things got HOT again at the annual Hawaii Opera Theatre Opera Ball. Held at the Sheraton Waikiki, this year\'s theme was Splendor of the Nile. The black-tie affair had guests browsing one-of-a-kind items at the silent auction and sipping Kai Vodka martinis while being treated to a taste of operas from past and future seasons.

Home For The Holidays At C.S. WO

February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> Guests gathered at the C.S. WO Gallery for a preview of holiday tabletop décor and entertaining ideas presented by Neiman Marcus. As they browsed the festive areas, partygoers were treated to specialty tasting stations complete with champagne and wine.


















































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