Orchid show preview party to benefit mediation center

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A Gala Preview Party from 6-9 p.m. June 1 kicks off the annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-purpose Stadium.

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A Gala Preview Party from 6-9 p.m. June 1 kicks off the annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-purpose Stadium.

All ticket proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

“The evening gala is a truly ‘fun’-raiser,” said Ku‘ikahi executive director Julie Mitchell. “People drink, eat, socialize and have the first chance to shop for beautiful, unique and rare orchid plants.

“We hope the community will come out to enjoy a fun party and support the cause of ‘Finding Solutions, Growing Peace,’” the mediation center’s motto.

The benefit party features a selection of beverages, catered food, live music and orchid pre-sales. The event is zero waste with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.

Each partygoer receives a souvenir glass to enjoy the libations and take home after the event. A wide variety of fine wines, beer on tap from Kona Brewing Co., gourmet lilikoi and dragon fruit juices, and coffee from Hilo Coffee Mill are served.

Pupu, dinner and dessert buffets are compliments of Island Naturals Market &Deli and AJ &Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of chef Dean Shigeoka and Tribune-Herald food columnist Audrey Wilson.

On the menu are bacon, lettuce and tomato rolls; ginger chicken; orange cream roasted duck on won ton chips; fried adobo chicken; house-made “spam” with Hilo fried rice musubi; and sous vide short ribs with ginger gems.

Also served are quinoa kale salad, ulu salad with apples, cobb salad and hydroponic greens with lilikoi dressing. Pupu will include various types of sushi including vegetarian, assorted cheeses, breads and olives, and hummus and olive caper tapenade. Dessert includes assorted fruits, panna cotta with fruit compote and haupia with toasted coconut topping.

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Tickets for the preview party are $70 (of which $25 is tax-deductible) and can be purchased in advance from the Most Irresistible Shop, Hilo Coffee Mill, Day-Lum Properties and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

For reservations or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenifer at 935-7844, ext. 1, or jenifer@hawaiimediation.org. Tickets also will be available at the door.

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