This year, the benefit Preview Party that kicks off the Hilo Orchid Society’s 63rd anniversary Orchid Show and Sale is being held in memory of Sandy Song.
The party is dedicated to the late Song as a tribute to her years of devoted board service to Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, and her avid orchid growing and judging.
“It’s Ku‘ikahi’s way of honoring Sandy,” said party chair Cody Frenz. “She did so much every year to make the preview party a success. She donated orchids and wine, sold tickets, and garnered the loyalty of party volunteers.”
Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, the gala features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Please note that the location for this year’s party and show has changed to the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The event is zero waste, with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling/composting stations.
Each party-goer receives a souvenir glass, in order to enjoy a selection of fine wines, plus beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co. Non-alcoholic beverages and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are also served.
Pupu, dinner, and dessert buffets are compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Dean Shigeoka and Audrey Wilson, food columnist for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
“This truly is a ‘fun’-raiser. People eat, drink, socialize, and have the first chance to shop for magnificent and rare orchid plants,” Frenz said, “And proceeds from the party benefit two non-profits: Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center and Hilo Orchid Society.”
Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop, Hilo Coffee Mill, Day-Lum Properties, and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. Or call Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 5. For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org/preview-party or www.hawaiimediation.org.