What a great night! Amazing food, fantastic drinks, and wonderful company. We were so excited to see you all come together to support the Hokule'a's voyage and to celebrate the Polynesian community here in New York City.
Kalepa Baybayan even sent us a special message from the Hokule'a's stop in Cuba:
Missed the event? Or just want to learn more about the vendors and donors? Here's everyone who participated!
The food and drinks
Noreetuh provided the incredible food. From giant bowls of truffle taro chips around the room to crowd favorites kalua pig and poke, big scoops of rice, ono teriyaki chicken, veggie lo mein, and kim chee, there was no shortage of delicious food. Noreetuh staff lovingly hovered over the food all night, offering explanations to the uninitiated and comraderie with those excited to see the foods they miss from home. (We're also proud to have the distinction of being their first event which such enthusiasm for the spam musubis.)
The silent auction
We also want to send a special shout out to Amanda Romero our photographer at the event! Check out more of her images of this great event:
And we want to thank YOU ALL for being there! New York City is a busy place, and we're honored you chose to spend the night with us. Your donations will help us get the word out about the Hokule'a's arrival here in June and help make the arrival a memorable event for everyone.
If you weren't able to attend, but still want to support our efforts, you can donate and find other ways to get involved at our Hokule'a in NYC resource center.