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Dîner en Blanc Honolulu 2015: An All-White Affair At Ko Olina

Last year I wrote:

Imagine a party where you have to bring your own silverware, table, and linens. Imagine a party where everyone is dressed from head to toe in white. Imagine a party where you have no idea where you will be dining. That, my friends, is the epicurean phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc. Launched 25 years ago by François Pasquier, Dîner en Blanc is known for holding some of the most exclusive parties in the most prestigious locations throughout Paris. One Hawaii resident worked hard to bring the party to Honolulu, all because she could not make an official Dîner en Blanc party in Paris that she was invited to. How lucky for us.

And then we did it all over again this year.

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Yelp Hawaii’s Yelpapalooza at Hawaiian Brian’s

Yelp Hawaii sure knows how to throw a party! The latest Yelp Hawaii shindig was held at the newly renovated Hawaiian Brian’s. You know, that run down entertainment bar on Kapiolani Boulevard. Well, it’s no longer a run down entertainment bar. It’s looking pretty good, actually. I admit, it’s probably been more than 10 years since I’v been inside of Hawaiian Brian’s. It’ highly likely that I was still an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii Manoa the last time that I threw darts and drank a beer there. It’s changed since then, and for the better.

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Yelp’s Beertopia at the Kona Brewing Company

Hawaii Yelpers unite! I’ve been to numerous Yelp events in the past, but Beertopia at the Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai was my first Yelp Elite event. And now I understand why it really does matter to be Elite…because these Elite events are indeed amazing. Mingling with the Yelp Elite crowd, I began to notice familiar names like Cathy T, John L, and Ramfis B. I’m so used to seeing their tiny profile photos online while reading their Yelp reviews, that it was admittedly a bit weird to see them IRL (in real life). I also finally had a chance to say hello to Yelp Hawaii’s community manager, Emi H! She’s the rockstar at these events.

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Hawaii Food And Wine Festival 2014 Finale: It’s A Food World After All

It’s been three weeks since the conclusion of the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and its finale, It’s A Food World After All. And that’s about how long it took me to recover from it all. At the festival’s final signature event, sixteen master chefs took Hawaii residents on a culinary journey, with the stunning Ko Olina beach and a gorgeous full moon as it’s backdrop.

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Dîner en Blanc Honolulu 2014: A Chic Dining Experience Comes To Hawaii

Imagine a party where you have to bring your own silverware, table, and linens. Imagine a party where everyone is dressed from head to toe in white. Imagine a party where you have no idea where you will be dining. That, my friends, is the epicurean phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc. Launched 25 years ago by François Pasquier, Dîner en Blanc is known for holding some of the most exclusive parties in the most prestigious locations throughout Paris. One Hawaii resident worked hard to bring the party to Honolulu, all because she could not make an official Dîner en Blanc party in Paris that she was invited to. How lucky for us.

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Photos From The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival

My first Honolulu Festival was in 2012. I missed the 2013 festivities, but I made it back for 20th annual Honolulu Festival. Since I was away on business travel earlier in the week, I could only attend the final day of scheduled events. The Hawaii Convention Center was once again home to various arts & crafts, performances, and even an anime cafe. There was a lot to see and learn at this year’s festival. Within a few minutes of entering the convention center hall, we were pulled into a table to draw fruit using traditional Japanese brushes and paints. My painting of a mango is miserable. The lady teaching me thought I did a good job, though. I think that she was just being nice.

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