It's a bird! It's plane! No... it's the Yelp Helps "Everyday Heroes" Kick-Off Party to the rescue! 800+ good hearted Honolulu yelpers came down to the Hawaii Foodbank for a do good, feel good shindig centered around the power of volunteerism! Dressed in heroic attire, everyone from Superman to Hipster Underdog to the Purple Flash came out for a night of non-profit matchmaking and yelp-errific fun. Throughout the night, guests donated over 1000 pounds of food and $1000+ to the Hawaii Foodbank!
25+ non-profts were featured at this year's Yelp Helps and set-up interactive booths to provide party guests with information about their organization's volunteer opportunities. The Aloha United Way ran an interactive photo booth, while Habitat For Humanity had yeeps build a wooden Yelp house. Hawaii Opera Theater treated us to a live performance as the Blue Planet Foundation showed off their electrical hand crank device. From animals to kids to sustainability, yelpers were able to find their perfect charitable match all under one roof!
In true Yelp fashion, it ain't a par-tay without some free food & drinks! BambuTwo poured delish Kai Vodka cocktails, while Aloha Beer and Hawaii Bitters kept the beer and shots flowing. Thirsty from talking it up with so many non-profits, yelpers visited the ING Direct Orange RV and got their Kona Red smoothie fix at Jamba Hawaii. Hard Rock Cafe, MAC 24/7, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Paul's Poppers and Uncle Bo's dished out the nom nom worthy savory eats.
Sweets fans devoured treats made by Hokulani Bake Shop, Hawaiian Cheesecake, Aloha Pops, Otto Cake and Via Gelato. The RAW Artists Honolulu crew set-up shop all over the Hawaii Foodbank Warehouse and showcased their talents via live drawing, painting, dancing and music! Yeeps pa-pa-pa-partied to beats by Mystical Sounds Productions who lit up the warehouse.
Spa services relaxed the mood with eyebrow waxing from Lena's Fab Brows, fake lashes from Face Art Beauty and massages by Bliss Mobile Spa. Mobile Gamer Guys got everyone dancing on the digital front, as Screenfuse delighted social media enthusiasts with a giant Twitter and Instagram wall. Doug Oshiro created balloon art galore and Photo Ops captured the memories in a custom Yelp Helps photo booth. Star 101.9's Kevin Jones emcee'd the evening affair and capped it all off with a Yelpiest Super Hero costume contest complete with 80,000 mile prize giveaways from Alaska Air!
Special thanks to the Hawaii Foodbank, First Hawaiian Bank, Alaska Air, Star 101.9 & Royal Party Rentals!
Want to get the scoops on yelpy volunteering in your 'hood? Read through the stupendous 5-star reviews, leap into the party pics by Kelli Bullock photography, stay tuned for the video by Oriana Bolden and chat it up on Talk!
SYOY & Aloha!
Emi H (+ Yelp 365 Challenge Finishers Nelson Q & Kim M)
Senior Community Manager