I have always loved dressing up and look forward to events so I was very excited to be invited to attend the Royal Order of King Kamehameha 150th Year Jubilee Ball. This beautiful event is held every so many years but this year, being the 150th Anniversary made for a huge event. The event took place at the beautiful Grand Wailea Resort in the Haleakala Ballroom and Garden on Saturday, April 9, 2016. My husband and I were quite excited and while it was last minute that we were invited to go, we were able to pull together our attire in time for the event.
The color for the event this year was red, so I chose to go with a red dress. I always love the way I look in red so it was an easy choice. Finding a dress for my plus sized self was not an easy task however, but I’m glad I found a beautiful dress last minute and it fit perfectly. The affair was a formal event which meant suit and tie for gentlemen and gown for ladies were required. Everyone was dressed up fancy and beautiful.
There was dinner and entertainment. For dinner we were served a sit down 5 course dinner which consisted of a fusion of Hawaiian and local cuisine. My husband and I really enjoyed the food and entertainment was wonderful as well.
Above is a video with my snapchat timeline from that evening. I was so busy having a grand time and enjoying the night that I didn’t have a chance to vlog or to take a lot of photos, but I tried to snap as much as possible. I did take photos of each course we enjoyed for dinner. Our 5 courses included the following:
Course 1 – Amuse Bouche, Ahi Poisson Cru with fresh Cilantro, Coconut Milk and Moloka’i Pa’akai.
Course 2 – Pohole Salad with housemade pipikaula, maui onion, dried shrimp, pea shoots and haiku tomato with Rolls and Lilikoi (passion fruit) butter
Course 3 – Roast Pork wrapped and baked in Ti- Leaf, served over ‘Uala (sweet potato), Lu’au, Inamona and Chicharron. Served with white rice family style
Course 4 – Lilikoi Haupia Brown Butter Cake with Haupia, Kula Strawberries and Chantilly
Course 5 – Friandise, Chocolate Truffles and Tea or Coffee
Of course, since we were in an ambient setting and the lighting was not the greatest, photos were not as clear as I would have liked… but I wanted to share this wonderful evening with all of you. I had a great time and it was such a special event. There are few events like this here on Maui so it was so nice to be able to attend.
I literally felt like I was going to prom. Everyone was dressed up and looked wonderful. It’s interesting because it literally was the adult version of a prom, but with a full service bar and adult conversations. I love that as we get older, the uncomfortable feeling we get around our peers tends to dwindle – which is quite different from how it was as we were teens. The event was beautiful, food a wonderful delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a wonderful way to finish our week of celebrations for my husband and I for our wedding anniversary. 15 years married and a wonderful ball – I say it was a grand time.
Disclaimer: It goes to say that none of this was sponsored and everything was paid out of pocket.