The Stars Come Out at Flavors by the Bay
What more could you ask for than a beautiful evening, the clink of wine glasses and the soothing sounds of Holunape drifting out across the lawn overlooking Kaneohe Bay? We enjoyed a great evening helping out at a fundraising event hosted by Kama’aina Kids at He‘eia State Park on June 27. This first annual event was held to raise funds to rebuild the park’s pavilion that had to be demolished after it was damaged by winds.
Tiki’s Grill and Bar was one of a dozen of Honolulu’s finest restaurants that came out to support the event. Since the theme of the evening revolved around the bay we served Big Island Abalone and Kahuku Sea Asparagus Spoons with Uni Butter. It was a big hit and it’s always rewarding to showcase our local producers.
A Unique Partnership
When we were approached by the event organizers, Kama’aina Kids, back in the spring, we were familiar with some of their programs running day care and camps around the island but when they shared with us their goals for the park we agreed to help. Back a few years ago the state asked for bids to operate He‘eia State Park. Kama’aina Kids, which has been using the park for nearly 20 years, secured the bid to manage the park for the community over the next 25 years. Kama’aina Kids is a non-profit but at the same time it’s a successful company with their own facilities management staff. They have big plans for improving and maintaining the park for everyone’s enjoyment and we’re happy to partner with such a successful organization.
The goal was to raise money for rebuilding the pavilion that used to stand near the entrance to the park but has been replaced by a large tent. The new pavilion, when it’s built, will continue to serve the community as home of the Kaneohe Canoe Club and the Puakea Learning Center. Master koa canoe builder Robert “Uncle Bobby” Puakea has been there for years building and restoring many of the island’s koa canoes and this is where he teaches the next generation of koa canoe builders. We are very happy to be able to support the Windward Oahu Community in this way. For anyone who has been to a graduation or wedding luau at the park, they can also appreciate what an important place this is for the community.
The event raised $60,000 from ticket sales, silent auction proceeds and donations. Tiki’s Grill and Bar is very proud to have been a part of this worthwhile project and we appreciate the generous support that the community gave in coming out to the event. Thanks also to Kama’aina Kids for getting us involved. Judging by the response the 2nd annual Flavors by the Bay is going to be even bigger and better.