‘One Fine Evening’

The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach is having its fundraiser, “One Fine Evening,” Saturday at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion.

It will feature fine art, food, wine and music to benefit local youth, education and community programs.

“We are so excited by this year’s lineup and by the generous support of businesses all over the island,” said Michael Carlsson, event co-chair and president-elect.

This year’s event will include delicious food from 10 fine restaurants: Brennecke’s Beach Broiler, Gaylord’s, Hapa Grill, Hukilau Lanai, Kauai Community College Fine Dining, Keoki’s Paradise, La Spezia, Sushi Bushido, Red Salt and RumFire. 

Exquisite, affordable wines can be tasted and purchased from four major wine distributors. 

Music will be provided by Rumba de Fuego (Latin jazz band) and Jazz Trane. 

Fine art will be exhibited and available for purchase from artists including Fred Tangalin, Helen Turner, Debbie Barklow, Patrice Pendarvis and Wendi Magaoay. 

A silent auction will feature many products and services. There are hotel stays, art, and certificates for island activities, restaurants, and services donated by local businesses.

“This year’s event will be bigger, better and more fun than ever,” said Bruce Grantham, event co-chair.

Rotary Club of Poipu Beach uses the funds from this annual event for programs that support the community. Among their many projects are the rescue tubes at Kauai beaches. 

Other key programs include the Rotary Youth Leadership awards, Rotary International exchange students, college scholarships, and community grants. College scholarships are awarded to Kauai Community College nursing and culinary students. 

Some of the groups that have benefited from past community grants include Kauai Police Activities League, Waimea Kids Christmas Party, Kauai Underground Artists, Koloa School Library, YMCA Camp Naue, and Boy Scouts Camp Alan Faye.

“We value the opportunity and the volunteers that help us to put on this annual event,” said Tom Gross, Rotary Club of Poipu Beach president. “It enables us to serve the community in our projects throughout the year.”

A donation of $50 is requested for admission. An additional $20 donation gains you access to the Connoisseur Table with a tasting of five special wines are usually not available on the island. 

Donations for tickets can be made online at www.poipurotary.org or at Big Kmart in Lihue, Kauai Music in Kapaa, Kalaheo Cafe in Kalaheo, Makai Properties in Koloa, The Wine Shop Koloa, and Ultimate Nails in Waimea. You must be over 21.

Rotary Club of Poipu Beach was created in 1982. The Club has more than 30 diverse professional members who all share a drive to give back to the community.

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