Public Invited to Attend “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser on Board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam

“Experience the nostalgia and aloha of Hawai‘i’s old-time boat days, replete with colorful flower lei, graceful hula ‘auana, and lively Hawaiian music,” said Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park spokesperson Julie Mitchell.

The public is invited to attend the Friends’ “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser on board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam, which docks in the Hilo Harbor. Held on Friday, March 9, the benefit luncheon takes place in the ship’s elegant La Fontaine Dining Room, where attendees will get lei-ed before enjoying a delicious four-course meal.

The public is invited to attend the Friends’ “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser on board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam, which docks in the Hilo Harbor.  Held on Friday, March 9, the benefit luncheon takes place in the ship’s elegant La Fontaine Dining Room.

The elegant La Fontaine Dining Room overlooks the sea aboard the m.s. Rotterdam. Docking in the Hilo Harbor on Friday, March 9, the ship is the site for the “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Fundraiser patrons are treated to a four-course meal of appetizer, soup or salad, lunch entree choice, and dessert, served with wine. Visit www.fhvnp.org or call 985-7373 for tickets.

“The m.s. Rotterdam’s decor of fine woods and priceless antiques and art collections reflects the theme of Dutch seafaring exploration,” noted Mitchell.  “People will have an opportunity—either before or after the luncheon—to take a self-guided tour of the ship.”

With 600 crew members, the mid-size cruise ship is 780 feet in length with a passenger capacity of 1,404.  The La Fontaine Dining Room is located in the aft of the ship on deck 5, the upper promenade.

In over a century of service, the m.s. Rotterdam is the sixth ship to bear this classic name in Holland America Line’s history. The m.s. Rotterdam is named for the Dutch city of Rotterdam, the birthplace of Holland America Line in The Netherlands, where their ships are registered.

Served with wine, the benefit luncheon features a delicious four-course meal of appetizer, soup or salad, choice of lunch entree, and dessert.  Vegetarian options are available.

Entertainment features the Kuahiwis, who for over ten years have been perpetuating the spirit and the sound of Hawaiian music.

For over 10 years the Kuahiwis have been perpetuating the spirit and the sound of Hawaiian music. Influenced by their ‘ohana (family) and kupuna (ancestors), the band blends the classic songs of their upbringing with the modern rhythms and melodies of today, creating a sound that is refreshing and nostalgic.

Band members are Kiliona Young, Grant Ka‘au‘a, TR Ireland, and Kalei Young.  Dancers from kumu hula Ab Valencia’s Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu will present hula ‘auana.

“Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser tickets are $65 benefit the non-profit Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Group rates are available for tables of 5 or more.

For tickets, please call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.   Due to TSA security regulations, tickets are not transferable, photo identification is required to board the ship, and RSVPs must be made by March 5.

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