Hilo Orchid Show Gala Preview Party Information

On June 2, the Hilo Orchid Show kicks off with a gala Preview Party from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.  Ticket proceeds benefit the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

 The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 64th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The gala Preview Party on Thursday evening, June 2, gives ticket holders a sneak preview of the lush displays and the first chance to buy orchids, plants, and related products. Photo by Andy Kahili

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 64th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The gala Preview Party on Thursday evening, June 2, gives ticket holders a sneak preview of the lush displays and the first chance to buy orchids, plants, and related products. (Photo by Andy Kahili)

“The evening gala is a truly a ‘fun’-raiser.  People eat, drink, socialize, and have the first chance to shop for colorful, exquisite, and rare orchid plants,” said party chair and Ku‘ikahi board member Cody Frenz.

The benefit party features a selection of beverages, catered food, live music, and orchid pre-sales.  The event is zero waste, with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling/composting stations.

Each party-goer receives an etched wine or beer glass, in order to enjoy the libations and take home after the event.  A wide variety of fine wines, beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co., gourmet juices, and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are served.

Pupu, dinner, and dessert buffets feature tasty treats by Island Naturals Market & Deli and AJ & Sons Catering.  AJ’s chefs are Dean Shigeoka and Audrey Wilson, the food columnist for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

On the menu are mantou buns with three filling options: tofu, pork, and teriyaki chicken; free range chicken tandoori with turmeric rice and raita; free range turkey meatballs with sweet and sour sauce; Thai beef salad with glass noodles; various types of sushi including vegetarian, house made poi chips with sun dried tomato hummus; purple sweet potato and Ka‘u orange salad; and hearts of palm with lilikoi dressing.

“We’re happy to be back at the stadium where the Merrie Monarch is held,” Frenz noted.  “With cool breezes, exquisite views, and shorter lines for food service, we’re all set for a fabulous gala on June 2.  We hope the community will come out to enjoy a fun party and support our cause of ‘Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.’”

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from Hilo Coffee Mill, The Most Irresistible Shop, Day-Lum Properties, and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  For reservations, contact Jenifer at (808) 935-7844 x 1 or jenifer@hawaiimediation.org.  Tickets are also available at the door.

NELHA and Hawaii Tourism Authority Receives President’s “E” Award

Today in Washington, DC, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in awarding two ‪#Hawaii companies—Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority and Hawaii Tourism Authority—the President’s “E” Award.

HTA AND NELHA

The “E” Award is the highest honor the United States Government can give to an American exporter and export service provider. Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority were two of 123 U.S. companies and organizations recognized at today’s ceremony.

This year marks the 54th anniversary of the “E” Awards presentation. For the first time in the award’s 54-year history, winners represent every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Of this year’s 123 honorees, 105 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.

In 1961, President Kennedy created the “E” Awards to recognize companies supporting the expansion of U.S. exports. The President’s “E” Award recognizes persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The President’s “E Star” Award affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts. More information on the awards can be found at: http://export.gov/exportawards/

Enter for Chance to Win Stay at Big Island Luxury House

Exotic Estates, a leading boutique vacation rental agency specializing in luxury villa rentals, is inviting travelers to enter for a chance to win a stay at Rainbow Falls Villa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Waterfalling Estate

The lucky winner will also receive four (4) round-trip economy class tickets on Alaska Airlines from any city in Alaska’s US Mainland network to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Once guests arrive on the Big Island, they will check into their Exotic Estates villa – epic Rainbow Falls Villa.

To top it all off, Paradise Helicopters will pick up guests directly from the villa’s rooftop helipad for a tour of Kilauea Volcano, the Kona Coffee district, and the dramatic beauty of the Big Island!

All legal US residents over 21 can enter to win this incredible trip by July 5th 2016. For complete details, Official Rules and to enter, visit the Exotic Estates’ website: Exotic Estates – Hawaii Villa Escape Sweepstakes!

“This is the villa vacation of a lifetime,” said John Di Rienzo, the Marketing Director for Exotic Estates. “Rainbow Falls is a unique and luxurious villa located along a beautiful and less-traveled coast on the Big Island. We are also pleased to be working with Alaska Airlines and Paradise Helicopters to offer this incredible prize. The vacation embodies what Exotic Estates is all about – making lifelong memories at an exceptional vacation home with people you love.”

Exotic Estates’ Rainbow Falls Villa is a cliff-side mansion overlooking a double-waterfall that cascades down to the Pacific Ocean. Designed as a dream home, this estate boasts 10,000 square feet, an Olympic-size swimming pool with a two-story waterslide and 21 ft. diving platform, a tennis and basketball court, private golf course, elevator and a rooftop helipad!

Its three levels are easily navigated via an in-house elevator. The home truly is an exotic estate designed for VIP guests looking for the ultimate luxury vacation home.

The winner will receive four (4) round-trip economy class tickets on Alaska Airlines from any city in Alaska’s US Mainland networked to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Alaska Airlines offers convenient non-stops from eight cities along the West Coast to Hawaii including the Big Island. Learn more at www.alaskaair.com.

Paradise Helicopters will pick up the winner and guests directly from the rooftop helipad of Rainbow Falls Villa! They will be treated to a custom tour of the Big Island, including Hilo town, Kilauea volcano, and the world famous Kona coffee district.

Paradise Helicopters is Hawaii’s premiere helicopter tour company and specializes in creating the most unique, fun and flexible air tours across the Hawaiian Islands. Learn more at www.paradisecopters.com.