By Diane Ako
The Friends of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center is excited to announce the 1st Annual “Trees by the Sea,” a two-day holiday event to benefit the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center (UHCC), on December 6 & 7. A fundraiser cocktail reception will be held on Friday, December 6th, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and a public ‘Ohana Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 a.m.~12:00 noon.
Reminiscent of the popular “Festival of Trees” that ended in 2004, the new “Trees by the Sea” will give the public a chance to view a spectacular display of trees and other holiday decorations at the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center’s Sullivan Conference Center at the Kaka‘ako Waterfront. The decorated trees, created by lead designer Ralph Malani, as well as other local designers, will also be for sale along with a wide array of wreaths, poinsettia, and other holiday décor, including a commemorative “Trees by the Sea” ornament for $25.
In addition, “Trees by the Sea” will also feature tabletop-size “Celebri-TREES” decorated with ornaments autographed by various celebrities, including the cast of “Hawai`i Five-0,” international superstar Jackie Chan, and some other big names yet to be announced, which will be auctioned off at the December 6th fundraiser.
Companies and individuals may also sponsor trees and have their name or logo placed by their tree, along with other benefits. Sponsorship for 7.5-foot trees are $2,500, and $5,000 for 10-foot trees. Please contact Julie Kobayashi at 597-1400 or email@example.com for more information on sponsoring a tree. All “Trees by the Sea” proceeds will benefit UHCC.
"It is my desire that ‘Trees by the Sea’ becomes an annual sustainable tradition in Hawai`i,” said Lori Phillips, Board Member, Friends of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center. “The Friends of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center believes that our world class research facility is uniquely placed in our community’s hands. Through the celebration of ‘Trees by the Sea,’ we as individuals, businesses, and community leaders can unite to support this amazing center.”
“My vision for ‘Trees by the Sea’ is to create a mini winter wonderland of glamorous trees,” said designer Malani. “The trees will be decorated in several styles ranging from traditional to over the top! This event is for a cause very near and dear to my heart so I’m going to make sure the trees are amazing!”
Here is a summary of the two-day “Trees by the Sea” event:
1ST ANNUAL TREES BY THE SEA
DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2013
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I CANCER CENTER
SULLIVAN CONFERENCE CENTER
701 ILALO STREET (KAKA‘AKO WATERFRONT)
HONOLULU, HI 96813
“TREES BY THE SEA” COCKTAIL RECEPTION FUNDRAISER
Friday, December 6, 2013 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Minimum $250 Tax-Deductible Donation per person.
Free valet parking available.
Join us at the premiere unveiling of the 1st Annual Trees by the Sea. Enjoy the spectacular holiday display, purchase holiday décor, and bid on our “Celebri-TREES” while partaking in delectable pupus from Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine and premiere Champagne and wines donated by Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar & Grill. Purchase your tickets now by contacting Julie Kobayashi at 597-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘OHANA DAY AT “TREES BY THE SEA”
Saturday, December 7, 2013 • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Open to the Public. Free Admission. Donations Welcome!
Parking Available at the “Piano Lot” on ‘Ilalo & Ahui Streets ($2/2 hours, $5/all day)
The public is invited to our ‘Ohana Day to enjoy the trees and other holiday displays, purchase holiday items, and also learn about the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center. All attendees will also receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the Hawai`i Children’s Discovery Center. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Discovery Center provides a "window to the world" and the opportunity for children to explore and discover things about themselves and the world through play. The Discovery Center has four major galleries, each filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits, and, on December 7th, they will be making gingerbread cookies at their popular monthly event, “Kids in the Kitchen” (registration required for kitchen event) - so spend the whole day in beautiful Kaka‘ako with your ‘ohana! For more information, please visit www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.