Save The Date: March 13 For ‘Evening At Lanikuhonua’

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - February 17, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Kapolei has announced the restaurant lineup for its annual An Evening at Lanikuhonua, set for 6 to 9 p.m. March 13.

This year’s tasting menu will have offerings from Don Ho’s Island Grill, Formaggio Grill, Roy’s Restaurant and Kapolei High School’s culinary department, served against the beachside backdrop.

“The sunset is just beautiful there,” said Lorraine Gershun, club vice president and event chairwoman. “It’s a really nice night.”

Don Ho’s Island Grill menu highlights its poke lettuce cup topped with a sea asparagus slaw, deep-fried lomilomi salmon risotto on a skewer with sweet chili aioli sauce.

Formaggio plans braised short ribs and celery-root mashed potatoes.


Roy’s will have braised honey-mustard pot-roast pork with Okinawan sweet potato puree.

Rotarian Sonya Mendez is lining up the entertainment, while Fujioka’s will do the wine and beer samplings. The club’s “silent auction sisters” - Barbara Lum Lee, Christina Enoka, Marietta Bustamante and Paula Ogimi - have assembled an array of items up for bidding, including gift certificates to Duke’s Waikiki.

Proceeds from the evening go to Rotary International projects such as polio immunization efforts and scholarships.

“The first Kapolei Rotary event I went to was An Evening at Lanikuhonua,” said Gershun. “I fell in love with the place and the club, and I got involved in Rotary from there.”

Now in her second term as vice president and event chairwoman, she attributes the benefit’s success to all the guests, Rotarians and volunteers who get involved, including this year’s restaurant chairman Dion Dizon and logistics chairman Matthew Garmon.

“It is a popular event in the community every year,” she added, noting its nine-year history. “Some people go every year. I’m already starting to get phone calls because people want tickets.”

Tickets, by the way, cost $50, and sponsor tables are $1,000, which includes reserved seating, early 5:30 p.m. admission and a special dessert.

For more information, call 387-9284.

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