Kicking off 2012 in truly yelpy fashion, 150+ Yelp Elites (& their +1s) punched, chopped and waxed their way to YuZu at the Ala Moana Hotel for Yelp’s Karate Kid Elite Event. After checking in with the Yelp Karate Kid Shower (aka Yelp intern Thomas O), Elites entered the dojo where Terry K exclaims, “drinks were flowing and the sushi was rolling!”
Throughout the night, bartenders flung refreshing Absolut Tokyo Flings, cooling YuZu Mojitos and powerful Açai Lychee-tinis to the beats of DJ Marin. Dressed in gi, hachimaki and Cobra Kai costumes galore, yelpers showed off their gear in a Yelp photo booth.
YuZu’s culinary black belts Isamu and Moco Kubota delivered direct blows of flavor to yelpers’ taste buds with lotus root pizzas, teriyaki & yuzu-pepper yakitori sticks, and bowls of teri beef udon. Each held their own in the ring, but were no match for any yelper’s appetite. Elites were swept off their feet with the simple temari and intricate veggie sushi cut to resemble pieces of high-grade fish. “Sushi balls to the walls, guys,” exclaimed Joe W.
Before the night was over, yelpers circled the mat to watch Esteban W, Roy Y, and Les M spar it out in the Mr. Miyagi Showdown. In the end, Les drank and crane kicked his way to the top and walked away with the Karate Kid Trilogy DVD set and bragging rights as Yelp’s Karate Kid. All contestants received YuZu prize packs with shirts and a bottle of YuZu pepper sauce.
Emi H & Thomas O
Senior Community Manager & Awesome Yelp Intern