The 2nd Annual Blue Tie Bash
Hawaii’s business and community leaders help raise more than $165,000 to power the transition to 100% clean energy future
Blue Planet Foundation—a Hawaii-based nonprofit committed to solving the climate change challenge by clearing the path for 100% clean energy—hosted the second annual Blue Tie Bash on September 14, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The dinner reception brought together Hawaii’s top business, community, and thought leaders to celebrate and raise funds for Blue Planet’s education programs and advocacy work, which are accelerating Hawaii’s transition to 100% clean energy.
“The Blue Tie Bash is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join the 100% clean energy movement and be part of creating a brighter future for our keiki,” said Chelsie Castillo, Blue Planet’s Operations and Development Manager and lead organizer of the event. “We were honored to have an all-star lineup of community leaders join us this year who believe in the work we’re doing. Together, we’re showing the world that Hawaii cares about the future we’re leaving to our kids.”
The list of featured guests included local legend Jake Shimabukuro, who performed live at the event, and local chefs Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café), Marc Freiberg (Green Apron Hawaii), and Chris Kajioka (Senia), who prepared special dishes at dynamic action stations.
Guests at the event enjoyed live music by Smooth Remedy; signature cocktails by Kikori Whiskey; a silent auction featuring over 40 unique items; zero-emission vehicle displays by BMW of Honolulu, Cutter Chevrolet Honolulu, and Tony Nissan; and a live auction of exclusive prizes, like a never-before-seen 48-hour experience at the NASA Mars habitat on Hawaii Island.
The event raised over $165,000 for Blue Planet Foundation’s advocacy, awareness, and community action programs, like the newly expanded Student Energy Summit, which gathers middle and high school students from all major Hawaiian Islands for design-thinking challenges and interactive learning on key energy issues. “The future belongs to them,” added Castillo. “These students are the ones that will be innovating Hawaii’s 100% clean energy future. The Blue Tie Bash is for them.”