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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at the door.