2014 Hoʻōla Nā Pua Gala Highlights

As guests entered the gala registration area at the Pacific Club in Honolulu, they were greeted with warm smiles from Mrs. Hawaii and Mrs. Oahu.

The evening began with a champagne and pupu reception, set against the backdrop of Ben Vegas and Malia Gibson’s sweet melodies. With more than 60 incredible items donated for the silent auction, guests had a chance to mingle and place their first bids of the night.

We were excited to have many special guests attend, including Governor Neil Abercrombie and his wife, Dr. Nancie Ellen Caraway, as well as gubernatorial candidate, Duke Aiona.

Thanks to architect Dennis Furukawa, guests were among the first to see the initial architectural renderings of the 12-acre residential facility where our girls will receive much needed therapy and restoration. Additionally, attendees had a unique Photovoice experience, which used photography and words to capture and share a brave survivor’s story.

During the dinner, guests had the chance to hear from Nick Sensley as he elaborated on the nature of the problem we are addressing. Throughout the evening, our emcees, Dawn O’Brien and Tony Silva, worked their magic by keeping guests laughing and engaged, and as the night progressed, Auctioneer Joe Teipel moved the live auction at an energizing pace, with bids rolling in for big ticket items such as a day sailing trip for eight, local artwork, and a stand-up paddle board. With the help of more than 300 attendees, 80 volunteers, several generous sponsors and in-kind donors, we were able to raise nearly $60,000!

You can view all event photos on our Facebook page.


We were delighted to be partner with various members of our local community for this fundraising and awareness event:

Diamond Title Sponsor:

Diamond Sponsor - Hawaiian Values

Gold Sponsor:


Silver Sponsor:

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Bronze Sponsor:

annie kime          RNS-logo-250-blue                     MATSON_HI                         FirstHawaiianBank

Special thanks to Kate Aspen and Under a Hula Moon for donating beautiful gifts for our gala guests and sponsored tables, and to all of our generous in-kind donors!

under-a-hula-moon   KateAspen

ATP Ministries Hawaii LK Atelier
Britton Gallery (Michelle Bachman) Local Living Design Studio
Buzz’s Original Steakhouse Mahina
Cactus Restaurant Martell’s
Camp Mokule’ia Matt Would Craft
Candice Garrison Mo-Made Jewelry
Ceramics… Nak on Wood
Cerritos Beach Resorts North Shore Soap Factory
Cholo’s Oahu Photo Booths
Chosen Few Clothing Olive Boutique
Colin Redican Pedego Kailua, LLC
Compleat Kitchen Personal Donation – David & Sharon Fairbanks
Connie Hennings-Chilton Personal Donation – Dwight Kaleohano
Eric Arakawa Personal Donation – Linda Weiland
Erin Delventhal Personal Donation – Lou Margulies
Everything Moves Personal Donation – Mary Witthans
Ezulwini Game Lodges Personal Donation – Maureen King
Galveso Enteprises Personal Donation – Sally Bartholowmew
Gente Hawaii, Inc Personal Donation – Stephanie Buck
Guava Shop Personal Donation – Sue Bixler
Gypsea & Flower Child Personal Donation – Tammy Bitanga
Happiness Hawaii Pilates Advantage Hawaii
Heart Horse Princess Kaiulani
Hilton Hawaiian Village R&S Automotive LLC
Kai Ku Hale Red Bamboo
Kailua General Store Romance Me LLC
Kailua Racquet Club Sand People
Kalapawai Market Shaka Ono
Kanile’a Ukulele Sorelle
Kate Aspen Sunshine Arts Gallery
Kerbox Surftech
Konani Swanson Art
Kristin Wood The Grove
Ku’uleilani Day Spa Tiare Creations
Kualoa Ranch Tori Richard, Ltd
Lanikai Bath and Body Under a Hula Moon
Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill Wide Awakened Healing & Acupuncture
LeSportsac Wyland Gallery
Y. Hata
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