Vintage Luau at the Pink Palace

Vintage Luau at the Pink Palace

There’s a special vibe that infuses anniversary parties. While weddings mark the hope and joy of a new life together, an anniversary party is a celebration of time-tested love, a growing family, and strengthening bonds of friendship.

For one expat couple, their 10-year anniversary was an occasion to bring new friends from Asia to meet old friends in Hawaii. 250 guests, including 60 children, gathered at the most iconic tropical setting in the world: the beachfront lawn of the legendary Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the gentle waves of Waikiki Beach lapping at the shore and Diamond Head looming in the background.

Well before the party, we created a website invitation which set the vintage Hawaii tone, and which out of town guests could use as an island resource and schedule. The party itself continued the vintage Hawaii theme, refreshed with modern colors of aqua, yellow and orange. Hand-woven lauhala mats were ground cover beneath aqua-draped low tables for the keiki (children). Higher up, long king’s tables and rounds provided seating for the adults. 

Amenities were also modern-day and especially geared toward families. A Stroller Valet helped mom or dad check their keiki in with a nanny in the adjacent Monarch Room, where lei-making, arts & crafts, ukulele lessons, balloon artists and games kept kids delighted all evening.

Outside, the adults also played, throwing spears and rolling the traditional Hawaiian ulumaika, and posed at the photo booth beneath a cheerful “Aloha” cut-out.

When the Hawaiian band Waipuna played Jim Kimball’s beautiful wedding song, “The Road that Never Ends,” and our couple thanked their guests, kissed, and danced beneath the Hawaiian moonlight, new friends became old friends, and old friends became new.