The annual fundraising gala evening Buy Back the Beach is slated for Jan. 28 at 5pm and will be held at the Old Lahaina Luau. The event benefits the Hawaiian Island Land Trust, a nationally accredited non-profit that acquires, preserves and protects important lands. The Old Lahaina Luau has hosted the event for the last 11 years.
This year, Hapa will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their premiere album release with a special headlining performance. Mistresses of ceremony Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu will guide the evening through a celebration of Hawaiian food, music, dance, and inevitably, a lot of laughs. Party goers will feast on the culinary tour de force of Hoaloha Na ‘Eha with special tasting menus from Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Luau, Aloha Mixed Plate and the new Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop.
The “Adventures for the ‘Aina” live auction returns with great adventures on Maui and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on custom island experiences including exclusive packages (like a private afternoon with U.S. Poet Laureate William S. Merwin, or an exclusive chef dinner in the old jail at Ulupalakua Ranch hosted by Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine), adventure packages (such as a guided kaupo hunt with private dinner by Chef Brian Etheredge) and great getaways including a three-night stay beachfront on Hanalei Bay, or a luxurious weeklong excursion through Napa. You may preview packages at http://www.hilt.org/auction2012.
Tickets are available for $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight. In addition to conventional tables and chairs, guests may choose low tables with traditional Hawaiian mat seating, which are closest to the stage. To make a reservation, call (808) 244-5263 or visit www.hilt.org/bbtb