On a sizzling Hawaii Saturday afternoon, 150+ Yelp Elites (and +1s) gathered at beachfront restaurant Hula Grill in beautiful Waikiki to celebrate Yelp Eats Local, benefitting local non-profit Kanu Hawaii.
After checking-in, guests eased into vacation mode as they sipped on custom cocktails blended with locally-squeezed Govinda’s Juices such as Hula Mai Tais, Hula-Jitos, and Waikiki Wipeouts. The clear waters of Waikiki Beach served as a picturesque backdrop to Elites mixing and minging to the eclectic sound of local musician Jeremy Cheng.
But being on stay-cation is hard work! Hungry yelpers grinded on a spread of ono pupus from Edamame Pipikaula Bruschetta to Ahi Poke Chips and Ono Ceviche to support Kanu Hawaii’s Eat Local Challenge.
Guests then hele’d on to a build-your-own-curry bar where they also loaded up on Grilled Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and Boneless Kalbi Ribs while piling it high with Kaiulani’s Cranberry Curry Fried Rice. Sooo good, it broke da mout’! Additionally, a few akamai yeeps won pairs of tickets to a private screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Definitely not the type to pass up a chocolate fountain, Elites and their guests made good use of it with skewers of Kahuku Watermelon, Maui Gold Pineapple and Kula Strawberries. Now that’s island fresh! No party’s complete without cake! In true yelpy fashion, Elite Michael C, with the help of 150 of his closest friends, blew out the candle on his birthday cake baked just for him by Hula Grill. You certainly can have your cake and eat it too.
Cristyn T writes, “everything was right in the world on that Saturday afternoon. As my +1 put it, ‘best event of the year!’” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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