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Drinks, Food, Flowers, Fun at Orchid Show Preview Party

On June 1, 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.  All ticket proceeds benefit the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

“The evening gala is a truly a ‘fun’-raiser.  People drink, eat, socialize, and have the first chance to shop for beautiful, unique, and rare orchid plants,” said Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

“This year we’ve added reserved tables for 5 or 10 people, which are available at platinum, gold, silver, or bronze sponsorship levels,” noted Mitchell.  “We hope the community will come out to enjoy a fun party and support the cause of ‘Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.’”

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 a souvenir 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 lilikoi and dragon fruit juices, and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are served.

Hilo Orchid Show Gala Preview Party is Thursday, June 1 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium

Pupu, dinner, and dessert buffets are compliments of Island Naturals Market & Deli and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Dean Shigeoka and Audrey Wilson, the food columnist for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

On the menu are bacon, lettuce, and tomato rolls; gingered chicken; orange cream roasted duck on won ton chips; fried adobo chicken; house made “spam” with Hilo fried rice musubi; and sous vide short ribs with ginger gems.

Also served are quinoa kale salad, ulu salad with apples, cobb salad, and hydroponic greens with lilikoi dressing.  Pupu include various types of sushi including vegetarian; assorted cheeses, breads, and olives; and hummus and olive caper tapenade.  And for dessert are assorted fruits, panna cotta with fruit compote, and haupia with toasted coconut topping.

Tickets for the Preview Party are $70 (of which $25 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.  For reservations or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenifer at (808) 935-7844 x 1 or jenifer@hawaiimediation.org.  Tickets are also available at the door.

“Mediation is an empowerment model for shared decision-making.  Mediation encourages self-determination and provides a safe space for all voices to be heard,” Mitchell shared.  “We need more peace building programs on Hawai‘i Island.  Funds raised at this event make that happen.  Please join us.  Change a life.”

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.

Orchid Show Preview Party Held in Memory of Sandy Song

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 Hilo Orchid Show Preview Party on Thursday, August 6 is dedicated to the late Sandra Song (right) as a tribute to her years of devoted board service to Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, and her avid orchid growing and judging.  The late Song and Judge Andrew Wilson (left) were founding board members of Ku‘ikahi in 2016.

The Hilo Orchid Show Preview Party on Thursday, August 6 is dedicated to the late Sandra Song (right) as a tribute to her years of devoted board service to Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, and her avid orchid growing and judging. The late Song and Judge Andrew Wilson (left) were founding board members of Ku‘ikahi in 2016.

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.”

Guests will enjoy a generous selection of fine wines at the 63rd Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party.  Held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on August 6, the gala event also features beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co., coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill, and gourmet juices from Island Naturals.

Guests will enjoy a generous selection of fine wines at the 63rd Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party. Held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on August 6, the gala event also features beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co., coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill, and gourmet juices from Island Naturals.

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.

Hilo Orchid Society Preview Party Benefits Scholarship Fund and Ku’ikahi Mediation Center

The Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off its 61st anniversary Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 61st Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 1, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 61st Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 1, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products.

“Preview Party guests will be surrounded by lush displays at their freshest expressing this year’s theme of ‘Orchids Around the World,’” said party chair Sandra Song. “Party-goers will have the first chance to purchase exciting new hybrids and exotic orchid species that growers will have for sale, as well as other unusual plants and orchid-related products.”

Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. Ticket holders receive a souvenir wine or beer glass upon entry. Coffee will be provided by Hilo Coffee Mill.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party.  Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 1, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 1, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill.

Delectable food will be available at various serving stations compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Audrey Wilson. A cookbook author, Wilson writes the weekly “Let’s Talk Food” column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Throughout the evening, music by local artists will fill the stadium. The gala event will be “green,” with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.

Proceeds of the Preview Party benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. The Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund offers financial assistance to students of tropical agriculture at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center provides affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.

August 1 marks the Preview Party for the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale.  Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.  Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

August 1 marks the Preview Party for the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

Song recommends buying tickets early because they expect to sell out. “We want to ensure a fabulous, satisfying experience for all our guests.”

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop on bayfront at 256 Kamehameha Avenue and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2. Or call Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116. For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org or www.hawaiimediation.org.

Big Island Video News for Monday, August 6th, 2012

Kohala candidate forum, MS bike ride, and the Hilo orchid show on tonight’s:

Big Island Video News for Monday, August 6, 2012:

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Hilo Orchid Society Gala Preview Party is August 2nd

The Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off its 60th anniversary Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.  Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 2, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill. Photo Danny Robinson

“Preview Party guests will be surrounded by lush displays at their freshest expressing this year’s theme of ‘Islands of Orchids,’” said show chair Sandra Song.  “Party-goers will have the first chance to purchase exciting new hybrids and exotic orchid species that growers will have for sale, as well as other unusual plants and orchid-related products.”


August 2 marks the Preview Party for the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. Photo Danny Robinson

Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co.  Ticket holders receive a souvenir wine or beer glass upon entry.  Coffee will be provided by Hilo Coffee Mill.

Delectable food will be available at various serving stations compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Audrey Wilson.  A cookbook author, Wilson writes the weekly “Let’s Talk Food” column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 2, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products. Photo Danny Robinson

Throughout the evening, Hawaiian music by local artists will fill the stadium.  The gala event will be “green,” with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.

Proceeds of the Preview Party benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  The Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund offers financial assistance to students of tropical agriculture at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center provides affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.

Song recommends buying tickets early because they expect to sell out.  “We want to ensure a fabulous, satisfying experience for all our guests.”

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop on bayfront at 256 Kamehameha Avenue or Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  Or call Linda Levine at (808) 963-6306 or Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116.  For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.