HONOLULU – April 27, 2011 - “‘Lei Day for Japan’ is Honolulu’s premier event to celebrate May Day this year,” said Blaine Miyasato, one of the organizers for the benefit fundraiser taking place this Sunday, May 1, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, “Lei Day for Japan” will be a festive, traditional May Day celebration of Hawaiian culture, highlighted by some of Hawaii’s most revered names in entertainment and cuisine (see lists below), all of whom are donating their time, talents and products to raise funds that will be given to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Guests will enjoy continuous live performances and cuisine specialties by 29 Hawaii chefs, paired with fine wines and the outdoor ambiance of The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
“This Sunday we are bringing together a rare collection of visionaries in Hawaiian music and cuisine that will create an unforgettable evening not to be missed by anyone who appreciates the tradition of May Day in Hawaii,” said Miyasato, vice president of product development for Hawaiian Airlines. “Most importantly, all the funds raised will support recovery efforts in Japan.”
Tickets to “Lei Day for Japan” are $100 per person for general admission. In addition, tables with reserved seating for 10 can be purchased for $1,500. Tickets and tables can be purchased at Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace or by calling the restaurant at (808) 585-0011.
Headline Entertainers Celebrate Hawaii’s Music and Culture
Guests will enjoy the beautiful music of Hawaii, as presented by four headline artists in celebration of the time-honored tradition of ‘May Day is Lei Day’ in the Hawaiian Islands.
Patrick Makuakane featuring Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu
Natalie Ai Kamauu
Top Hawaii Chefs Share Cuisine Specialties
It’s the ultimate Hawaii buffet! Twenty-nine top local chefs are sharing their specialties and volunteering their time to help make “Lei Day for Japan” an eater’s delight.
12th Ave Grill – Kevin Hanney
Alan Wong’s – Alan Wong
Azure – John Matsubara
The Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider – Rodney Uyehara
Café Laufer – Cyrus Goo
Chai’s Island Bistro – Chai Chaowasaree
Chef Mavro’s – George Mavrothalassitis
DK’s Steak and Sansei Seafood – DK Kodama
Don Ho’s Island Grill – Matt Nelson
Eggs ‘n Things – Lawtene Angelias
Gate Gourmet – Aldo Romero
Indigo – Glenn Chu
JJ Bistro and French Pastry – JJ Luangkhot
Kauai Grill Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges – Colin Hazama
Le Bistro – Alan Takasaki
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus – Marc Anthony Freiberg
Michel’s at the Colony Surf – Eberhard Kintscher
Morimoto Waikiki – Masaharu Morimoto
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Andy Degamo
Nori’s – BethAn Nishijima
Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort – Fred DeAngelo
The Pacific Club – Eric Leterc
Poke Stop – Elmer Guzman
Roy’s – Roy Yamaguchi
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Leighton Miyakawa
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa – Bryan Ashlock
Side Street Inn – Colin Nishida
Singha Thai Cuisine – Joy Chaowasaree
Tango Contemporary Café – Göran Streng
Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya will provide wine selections for the dining enjoyment of guests. The evening’s beverages are being provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, Primo Beer, World Sake Imports, Pavaraga Coffee, and Hawaiian Springs Water.