Event Highs and Highlights

Every year, our Team works diligently to plan and produce unique and exquisite events that our Clients will love. 2016 was no exception! Here is a snapshot of just some of those memorable moments:

Chaos in China…Not Really!

This Honolulu Museum of Art’s Directors Circle Dinner was themed after the Art in the Time of Chaos exhibit. Guests entered the Central Courtyard through vine curtains, accented with orange lantern florals suspended from grapevines. Each table was decorated with a wooden Lazy Susan adorned with vintage silver patina vases, clematis vines and white and orange florals. Guests also enjoyed a contemporary take on a Chinese banquet dinner prepared by some of Hawaii’s top chefs, including William Chen of Fresh Box, Brandon Lee of Pig & the Lady, Kevin Lee of PAI and Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café.

An International (Market Place) Affair

For the grand re-opening of Waikiki’s beloved International Market Place, we produced a blessing and opening ceremony, which began with a Polynesian chanter performing a traditional Hawaiian chant. A stunning blush and pink lei, handcrafted by locals on Oahu and neighbor islands, lined the stage from end to end, adorned with Queen Emma’s favorite fragrant roses. As the countdown to the maile lei untying began, confetti cannons were loaded with fresh flower petal confetti and shot into the crowd to celebrate the official grand opening.

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As Guests arrived, they were greeted by Tihati Productions’ Polynesian hostesses and welcomed with lei.

Atlantis-Oceania Insignia

All aboard! Guests on an around-the-world cruise enjoyed a one-of-a-kind USO Style welcome event on board the U.S.S Missouri. Over 150 seafarers joined us at this iconic location, where our Team, dressed in 1940’s-inspired costuming, greeted them with welcome beverages and canapés prepared by award-winning Chef Chai.

Bank of Hawaii’s Young Professional Mixer

We transformed SALT Kaka’ako into a chic urban environment for this annual event. We combined wood and metal furnishings, brick walls and vintage bulb string lighting to create a warm ambiance. Extended into the courtyard were a brick stage façade, custom signage, wood tables and our signature wood bars. Our Team went the extra mile, dressed in suspenders, bow ties and caps, serving specially created pupu and themed beverages.

An Event for Friends

For the last 13 years, Current Affairs has had a love affair of sorts with the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace. So, when the organization decided to honor those leaders, mostly women, who made it their mission to protect and preserve one of the most important buildings in Hawaii’s history, we jumped at the chance to be involved. The result was the recent Friends of ‘Iolani Palace’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. To follow is a closer look at the event fit for royalty.

Bathed in purple, ‘Iolani Palace served as the backdrop for the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Guests sat at tables of 10, set with regal tones of purple and gold, under a large tent, and enjoyed a Poi Supper prepared by Haili’s Hawaiian Food. Live entertainment included the Royal Hawaiian Band, Kawika Kahiapo and the amazing Amy Hanaiali’i, staged on the Palace’s front steps.

Fairmont Specialty at Aloha Tower

This Rio de Janeiro-inspired reception was held in the heart of downtown Honolulu at Aloha Tower. Our design Team draped the tables with vibrant linens, finished with vivid florals and décor pieces to give our Guests the true feeling of a celebration in Rio. Rolando Sanchez and his seven-piece band filled the night air with Latin jazz and rock music, while party-goers enjoyed Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, and Rio-inspired appetizers. Guests were also invited to take photos with colorful parrots at an interactive Birds of Paradise display.

Hello, Hermes

For the grand opening of Hermes’ new Ala Moana Center location, we collaborated with a New York-based production company on a VIP after party. Guests were transported to an offsite location, a new hip warehouse in Kakaako that was transformed into a hybrid of “cheeky tropic Hawaiian” and après ski environments. Snowboarders on the slopes were projected on one side of the space, with sand and surfboards on the other. Our Team developed a mouthwatering menu paired with themed cocktails by mixologist Chandra Lam Lacariello to complement the two themes.

Our Team developed a delicious menu paired with themed cocktails by mixologist Chandra Lam Lacariello to complement the two themes. Among the specialty cocktails were a Traditional Moscow Mule, Late Check Out, Pineapple Pickers and Snowshoes. The menu included food stations featuring savory quiche bread pudding, creamy butternut squash soup, truffled mac & cheese, roast pork belly and boneless kalbi, among other items. There was also a raw bar, tabletop tiki snacks and tray-passed desserts. Hungry yet?

Jack in the Box…Out of the Box

This special Hawaiian-style evening reception for Jack in the Box was held at the Edge Pool at Sheraton Waikiki. Guests enjoyed photo opportunities with Jack before he joined the Polynesian Dance Troupe on stage for a special opening performance. Guests mingled around colorful round tables, custom surfboard tables set at bar-height, cabanas filled with wicker lounge sets and seating near the water’s edge. Floral pieces added bright pops of oranges and greens, while tiki gods and oversized local plants added a fun element to the backdrop. As the sun set, Hawaiian music filled the air and balloons floated over a beautifully LED lit pool.

Launching Ka Makana Ali’i

When we were approached to produce the Center’s VIP charity event, we embraced the concept of ahupua’a, an ancient Hawaiian land division, but presented it in a refreshing and contemporary way. Guests were treated to a red carpet experience, greeted by menehune type characters, conch shell blowers and torchbearers. The evening included hula performances, a flash mob of quasi-tribal dancers in contemporary costumes, cameos of entertainment featuring some of Hawaii’s top performers and a beautiful fireworks display. Guests also enjoyed freshly sourced food and beverage items from two on-site restaurants, as well as the extraordinary Chef Chai.

Guests arrived to a red carpet experience, where they were greeted by menehune type characters as they entered the welcome cocktail reception area. Conch shell blowers and torchbearers then led Guests to another area of the Center where they enjoyed hula performances, welcome remarks and a check presentation to the night’s beneficiary, the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii.

Winston, Wow!

As Guests arrived for this special event at the Halekulani, they sipped cocktails on the terrace from our custom wood bar. Guests were then escorted inside for a plated dinner. The tables were adorned with gold-rimmed chargers, gold flatware, dark blue linens and tall glass domes displaying Harry Winston jewels. The room was split in half using black drapes, where framed pictures of Harry Winston jewels hung. As dinner began, the drapes were opened and models emerged, wearing the newest line of jewelry. Following dinner, Guests were encouraged to step into the reveal area – complete with vintage cabinets, display cases, large standing mirrors and lounge seating – to try on the new collection.