HOOPLA 2012 was a record-breaking success, with more than $300,000 raised for La Pietra's financial aid program.
The annual event has always been known as a great party, and this year was no different. Held March 10, 2012 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room, this year's HOOPLA had a campaign theme that had guests dressed in their finest red, white, and blue. Some even came impersonating national and local political figures, such as JFK (escorted by both Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe), Sarah Palin, and Dan Akaka. Even colonial hero Nathan Hale made an appearance.
Upon check-in, guests were given a specialty drink created just for the event, and proceeded to bid on a silent auction that featured more than 100 items. Highlights of the auction included fabulous trips to faraway destinations and an exquisite, rare collection of antique Hawaiiana. When guests sat down for dinner in the Monarch Room, they were greeted by a room decorated by master designer Steven Boyle, whose spectacular flower arrangements and table design garnered oohs and ahhs all night. Emcee Michael Troy entertained with his irreverent humor while Paradise and Company provided the Boogie Woogie music reminiscent of a USO show. Students Tia Inoue and Erina Miyazaki wowed the crowd with their performances.
The live auction featured both exciting trips and experiences, including a cruise to Europe with Chef Bev Gannon, koa furniture, fine jewelry, and parties at private homes. To end the night Board of Trustee chair, Alice Guild, inspired guests to make gifts directly to the financial aid program as she endured a grueling workout on stage. The Big Reach alone raised about $180,000 for the financial aid program.
Special thanks for this spectacular event go to co-chairs Kelly (Banks) Hoen '75 and Debbie Weil Manuma '75. Mahalo also to our table sponsors and donors.
Click here to view our photo gallery from HOOPLA 2012: A Campaign for La Pietra.