The Honolulu Museum of Art held its annual black-tie gala, Kama‘aina Christmas, supporting world-class exhibitions and arts education.
Kama‘aina Christmas is the Honolulu Museum of Art’s premier fundraising event, so popular that tables sell out by August. After all, when else can you dine in the galleries, surrounded by dear friends and cherished masterpieces? This year, Saks Fifth Avenue became a presenting sponsor, adding even more luster to the festivities.
Among the leading culturati were First Hawaiian Bank chairman and CEO Bob Harrison; chairman of the museum’s board of trustees, Vi Loo; and Saks Hawai‘i Vice President and General Manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer.
Event chair Lori Harrison put her mark on the gala with a lively Jingle Bell Rock theme. The dance floor was packed with revelers grooving to Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. Celebrichef Roy Yamaguchi, who had a busy year opening four restaurants, still came by personally to cook for the event. And in a new twist: An art sale, with works by 10 local artists, helped raise even more funds for the museum. With such excitement, this was a fete to remember for years to come! - kathryn drury wagner
Photos by John Garcia