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.
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.