2015 Grand Expedition Recap

Island Pacific Academy’s 11th annual Spring Benefit, held mid-April, was a successful and well-attended evening with over 500 people filling the campus. Almost $150,000 in revenue was generated with proceeds supporting a myriad of programs at the school including:  Financial Aid, the Playground renovation fund, IPA’s Annual Fund, and Project Grad (for the rising senior class).
Grand Expedition 2015 “A Night in London”  brought the event back to the campus after 8 years in the Ko Olina resort. “Our usual venue was under renovation, “explained Head of School, Gerald Teramae.  “This presented a challenge but also a terrific opportunity to bring the event back to school showcasing our students and IPA. A core group of staff and parent volunteers worked to transform the campus into a “bit of Britain” for just one night.”   20150418-123

Grand Expedition 2015 enjoyed the support of several corporate sponsors that underwrote the event; most notable was Kalaeloa Partners, a long-time and generous supporter of school.  Other event sponsors were: Accuity LLC; First Hawaiian Bank; Goodfellow Bros. Inc.; the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; KSF, Inc.; and the Queen’s Medical Center West O’ahu.

Talented island chefs were challenged by the school to serve two “British themed” entrees each. Guests at Grand Expedition could graze and taste such interesting dishes as Kippers and Eggs, whiskey glazed short ribs with Yorkshire pudding; Beef Wellington; Bangers and Mash, Welsh rarebit, and other dishes cleverly named “Asian Submarine” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Participating Chefs and restaurants at Grand Expedition included: Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai’s), Todd Constantine (Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina); Adam Gilbert (Plantation Tavern); Elmer Guzman (Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine and Poke Stop); Kevin Hanney (12th Ave. Grill); DK Kodama (Sansei Seafood Restaurant); Donato Luperfido (Flavors of Italy) and Lee Anne Wong & Nicole Anderson (Koko Head Café).

Guests were impressed from their first step on campus with valet car-park service, a live musician strumming hits from the’ 60’s and ‘70’s, and a champagne greeting.  A bold red carpet marked the way to the check-in area and entry to the silent auction.  Themed decorations featuring the Union Jack, the ubiquitous red phone booth, blue police box, and even Big Ben, worked to whisk attendees “across the pond” and into the heart of London.

Students in high school grades 9-12 volunteered during the event and were key to the successful outcome of the evening. Seniors were on hand to help for those that needed assistance with mobile bidding. Members of the junior class helped to serve the corporate sponsor and full-tables. Sophomores lent a hand in the silent auction room while freshmen worked hard to bus tables and keep the venue sparkling.
Live entertainment was provided by the spot-on cover band “Fourever Fab” performing the best of “The Beatles” on the Grand Expedition stage.

With over 200 items in the silent and live auctions, a “lucky number” drawing for 3 iPad products, and a “wine pull” there were many opportunities to bid often and give generously in support of the school.
Mahalo nui loa to all of our attendees.  See you next year at Grand Expedition 2016.fabfive