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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 /> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> The Hawaii Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held its inaugural Pink Tie Ball at the appropriately hued Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The formal event, complete with pink champagne, silent auction and dinner, honored Dr. William S. Loui, chief of oncology at Queen's Medical Center.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> Hot on the heels of its first Made in America event, the Four Seasons Hualalai presented a second installment, featuring some of today's top chefs including Nancy Silverton, Matt Molina, Josiah Citrin and Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre. Food author Lucy Lean's book, <I>Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food</I> was also featured at this foodie getaway.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> The 14th annual Monsignor Charles Kekumano Benefit Dinner honored Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mi Kosasa with the Noblesse Oblige Award for Service. The evening included a silent and live auction featuring trips, jewelry and more. Proceeds from the dinner go to the Kekumano Scholarship Endowment Fund at Maryknoll School.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> Animal lovers gathered at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room for the annual Tuxes & Tails benefit for the Hawaiian Humane Society. Before dinner, guests enjoyed Tapas Tails & 'Tinis on the Ocean Lawn. The auction featured unique offerings such as a Pineapple Room lunch with UH Football Head Coach Norm Chow, a getaway to Red Mountain Resort & Spa and a photo session for your pets with Santa Paws.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> The prestigious Alfred Preis Honor 2011 was presented to community leader, arts supporter and philanthropist Jean E. Rolles in a celebration held at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Guests were treated to entertainment provided by Hawaii Opera Theatre and the legendary Nalani Olds, who is also a Punahou schoolmate of Rolles'. The Alfred Preis Honor is named after the founder of Hawai'i Arts Alliance and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated in word and action a lifetime commitment to the arts and arts education for the people of Hawai'i.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> There was electricity in the air the evening of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra's opening night reception. The crowd of well-wishers gathered at Washington Place, excited to witness the launching of the newly formed orchestra. Guest pianist Lisa Nakamichi and conductor Naoto Otomo were among the musicians on hand to mingle with eager music fans.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> It was the ultimate "Girls Day" when the Junior League of Honolulu held its eighth annual Sacs in the City luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki. Guests were treated to a fashion show featuring Diane von Furstenberg's designs and a silent auction themed "The Experience of Luxury."
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> Guests took a bite out of the Big Apple at Illumnation, New York New York, the annual gala fundraiser for Assets School. Fabulous entertainment, along with the cuisine of 10 guest chefs, prize drawings and both live as well as silent auctions helped transform the Hawai'i Convention Center into the city that never sleeps.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> An eager crowd of golf fans gathered at the Pacific Club to hear World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time major championship winner, Greg Norman announce the dates for the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship. Set for September 10-16 at the Kapolei Golf Course, the championship will field 81 Champions Tour pros and features a purse of $1.8 million.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> Theater fans gathered for An Evening at the Jester's Court, the annual black-tie gala for the Hawaii Theatre Center. The festive evening at the Kahala Resort & Hotel featured cocktails, a lavish dinner and silent auction items such as dinners at private estates, fine jewelry and luxury getaways. Proceeds benefit the Hawaii Theatre Center's efforts to provide educational programs for Hawai'i school children and their families.
August - September 2012<br/> Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Hawaii held its annual gala, An Evening of Hope, at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom. Guests were treated to a chefs' dine around with dishes prepared by Chai Chaowasaree, Colin Hazama, Mark Noguchi, Camille Komine, Jon Matsubara, JJ Praseuth Luangkhot, Sean Priester and Brett Villarmia. The event benefits JDRF, the leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research.
August - September 2012<br/> Central Union Church Preschool & Kindergarten (CUPS) held its 10th annual Dazzle fundraiser at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom. Chef DK Kodama organized an all-star lineup of chefs hailing from such notable restaurants as Beachhouse at The Moana, The Grove, Phuket Thai, Sansei, Poke Stop and more. Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya coordinated wine pairings. In addition to silent and live auctions, Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning vocalist Mailani Makainai was on hand to entertain guests. The evening's proceeds help support education curriculum, tuition assistance, professional development and upgrades to the preschool's facilities.
August - September 2012<br/> VIP shoppers gathered at Salvatore Ferragamo's Royal Hawaiian Center boutique for the unveiling of the fashion house's new fine jewelry collection as well as its spring/summer 2012 women's runway collection by creative director Massimiliano Giornetti. It wasn't all about the baubles, however. The celebration was co-hosted by Dr. Michele Carbone, honorary consul of Italy and director of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, and his wife, Beth. A portion of the evening's proceeds benefitted Friends of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center.
August - September 2012<br/> Renowned designer Anne Namba, was awarded the IMMIE Bravo Award of Excellence at The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) Gala Awards Dinner. The event wrapped up the group's 2012 Annual Conference and treated AICI members to a live fashion presentation of the Hawai‘i-based designer's work. The IMMIE (Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence) "expresses our appreciation for the recipient's contributions to either AICI or the image industry," says Yasmin Anderson-Smith, AICI's international vice president of marketing. "Anne Namba now joins other prominent past recipients including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. P.M. Forni, author and founder of the Civility Project at Johns Hopkins, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Target stores, to cite a few well-known names."
August - September 2012<br/> HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support), known for servicing Hawai‘i's seriously ill children and their families, held its 30th anniversary fundraising gala at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. At the beachside resort, guests tried to best each other in the live and silent auctions, and were treated to the musical stylings of ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Awards were presented to Bank of Hawaii, HUGS' Corporate Honoree and Community Partner Honoree Optimist Club of Honolulu and the Volunteer of the Year.
June - July 2012 HILuxury<br /> This year's much-anticipated ConTempo took place at Neiman Marcus once more. The first ConTempo since Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Contemporary Museum merged, a long line of cars was already found snaking around Neiman's porte-cochère by sun set. Once inside, guests were warmly greeted by ConTempo chair Candice Naylor-Ching and Neiman Marcus General Manager Al Tomonari. For the first hour, the ground floor was buzzing as the chicly dressed crowd mingled with cocktails and silent auction iPods in hand. Though works of art for sale were showcased prior to the big night, sculptures and paintings from the likes of Aaron Padilla, Tracy Teraoka Gunn, Brad Huck and Yvonne Cheng-to name a just a few-were on display for art aficionados and novices alike to admire. From the gorgeous floral centerpieces by events guru Steven Boyle, to the sumptuous feast held at Mariposa (in addition to the men's department-turned-dining room), guests were treated to a delightful dinner experience on the third floor. Meanwhile, back on the first floor, auction items tempted guests to place their bids to benefit the Honolulu Museum of Art, and post-dinner entertainment kept partygoers on their toes on the dance floor till evening's end.
August - September 2012 HILuxury<br /> The 6th Annual Queen Emma Ball, held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom, honored Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa "for its commitment to perpetuate authentic Hawaiian culture and share it with the world." The elegant evening, chaired by Jeff Stone, celebrated the educational legacy of Queen Emma and benefitted St. Andrew's Priory School. Proceeds from the evening's events support the Priory's scholarship and financial aid program.
August - September 2012<br /> It was the ‘Posse' that took centerstage at the 5th annual gala event presented by The Honolulu Police Community Foundation (HPCF). Held at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom, the event thanked the KSSK Posse, an island-wide network of the famed Perry & Price radio show listeners who help callers-in-need. "Their posse has helped track down stolen automobiles, solve crimes and bring a sense of safety and solidarity to our state…" says HPCF Board President Lee Donohue of the posse, led by radio personalities Michael W. Perry and Dr. Larry Price.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> The Consular Corps of Hawaii held its 59th Inaugural Ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki. Hawai'i Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald inducted Kusuma Cooray, Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka as the 2012 Dean of the Consular Corps. General Gary North, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, and John Henry Felix, Dean Emeritus, were both awarded the Consular Corps of Hawaii's Distinguished Service Award.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> The HATA Foundation and Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i honored Elizabeth Paek, Derek Kobayashi and Irene Anzai at the annual Stars of Hope fundraiser. The event honors "attorneys who have shown a commitment toward the volunteer advocacy of Hawai'i's children and families." Guests gathered at the Pacific Club to celebrate the honorees and listen to distinguished speakers Ed Kubo and Keith Kaneshiro.
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.
February - March 2012 HILuxury<br />Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHCH) held their annual Share a Night Annual Gala on November 20, 2011. Supporters of RMHCH gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki to honor the <I>Honolulu Star-Advertiser</I> President and Publisher Dennis Francis for his contributions to RMHCH. <br /><br /> Through a strategic plan established by Francis more than 20 years ago that placed newspapers in every Hawai'i McDonald's restaurant, the charity has benefitted to the tune of $2 million. For a non-profit that's dealing with dwindling donations from the private and government sectors, the steady stream of revenue from those newspaper sales helps tremendously. As a result of this successful partnership, the program has been instituted for Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. <br /><br /> The Ronald McDonald House helps Hawai'i families with children who are seriously ill. Many of these families are from the neighbor islands and have nowhere to stay while their child is receiving critical care at Honolulu hospitals. For O'ahu-based families, the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Kapi'olani Medical Center is a home away from home. All told, 300-400 families stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Manoa each year, and the Family Room services more than 10,000 people annually. <br /><br /> At the gala event that raised $413,000 for RMHCH, guests included dignitaries and families who've benefitted from the Ronald McDonald House.
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.
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 Honolulu Academy of Arts' gala fundraiser, Kama'aina Christmas, continues to be one of the hottest tickets of the social season. The black-tie affair, "Merry and Bright," was catered by Chai's Island Bistro and featured music by the Honolulu Jazz Quartet with vocals by Starr Kalahiki.
February - March 2012 HILuxury<br /> St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls supporters gathered at a grand private residence for "Home for the Holidays." This festive evening featured elegant holiday décor, wine tasting, pupus and boutique holiday shopping. Students provided the evening's musical entertainment; and Priory Dads got involved with setup, cleanup and serving.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Fans of fashion designer Tory Burch gathered for a special shopping event co-hosted by Linda Ahlers, Elizabeth Grossman, Lynne Johnson, Vi Loo and Cherye Pierce at the fashion house's Royal Hawaiian Center boutique. Shoppers were treated to cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the chance to chat with Ms. Burch. Proceeds from the sales at the event benefitted the Honolulu Art Museum.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Louis Vuitton hosted the opening reception for <I>Hawai'i Art Now</I> (on view at Honolulu Museum of Art through April 22). The exhibit showcases new works from artists who were featured in <I>Biennial of Hawai'i Artists</I> from years past. Some of the featured artists, including Kaili Chun, Diane KW and Don Ed Hardy, were on hand to chat with guests.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Renowned classical crossover pianist and host of NPR's From the Top, Christopher O'Riley, treated Hawai'i Island arts supporters to a private performance. Cellist, Carter Brey, of the New York Philharmonic, joined him. The private event, hosted by Louis Vuitton at Kings' Shops, was a fundraiser for Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> The Mauna Lani hosted a literal feast for foodies at the second annual Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The twoday event featured culinary creations by celebrated chefs and mixologists Sam Choy, Ming Tsai, Tyler Florence, Manny Hinojosa, Jonathan Waxman and Sandy Tuason. The events showcased the bounty of produce found on Hawai'i Island in the relaxed oceanfront setting of the resort as well as its famed CanoeHouse restaurant.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Guests were treated to a reception at DFS Galleria Waikiki to preview Van Cleef & Arpels' Lacquered Butterflies collection and the Midnight Extraordinary Japanese Lacquer (Maki-e) Timepieces. Junichi Hakose, the renowned lacquer artist who created the fine jewelry pieces, was on hand to greet the guests and give a demonstration of his Urushi art.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Halekulani continued its Halekulani Living series with a special dinner featuring wines from Chanel-owned Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé estates Chateau Rauzan-Segla and Chateau Canon. Master Chef of Chateau Rauzan-Segla and Chateau Canon, Bruno Chevalier, designed the five-course menu, while managing director John Kolasa chose the wines, flown in from the chateaux, for the meal.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> The first Royal Ball in years was held at 'Iolani Palace. With such a regal setting, guests rose to the occasion with elegant formal wear fit for mingling with royalty. Unlike at balls of old, the ballroom itself was located on the lawn fronting the palace (as opposed to the actual Royal Ballroom inside). This fundraiser for the Friends of 'Iolani Palace was a definite crowd-pleaser as evidenced by the guests who didn't want to leave at the evening's end.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> One of the year's premier social events, guests gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort for the Honolulu Heart Ball. The annual black-tie event celebrates the work of the donors and volunteers and the lives saved each year through the work of the American Heart Association.
April - May 2012 HILuxury<br /> Film lovers donned their best black tie and walked the red carpet at the Halekulani for HIFF's Oscar Night America. Guests were treated to a cocktail hour, a silent auction and a menu that paid homage to some of the movies nominated for Best Film, including Hawai'i favorite, <I>The Descendants</I>.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.