Boat Day Fundraiser Benefits Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Volcano, HI – “Experience the nostalgia and aloha of Hawai‘i’s old-time boat days, replete with colorful flower lei, graceful hula ‘auana, and lively Hawaiian music,” said Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park spokesperson Julie Mitchell.

The public is invited to attend the Friends’ “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser on board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam, which docks in the Hilo Harbor. Held on Friday, March 9, the benefit luncheon takes place in the ship’s elegant La Fontaine Dining Room.

“The m.s. Rotterdam’s decor of fine woods and priceless antiques and art collections reflects the theme of Dutch seafaring exploration,” noted Mitchell. “People will have an opportunity—either before or after the luncheon—to take a self-guided tour of the ship.”

With 600 crew members, the mid-size cruise ship is 780 feet in length with a passenger capacity of 1,404. The La Fontaine Dining Room is located in the aft of the ship on deck 5, the upper promenade.

Served with wine, the benefit luncheon features a delicious four-course meal of appetizer, soup, choice of lunch entree, and dessert. Vegetarian options are available.

Entertainment features the Kuahiwis, who for over ten years have been perpetuating the spirit and the sound of Hawaiian music. Band members are Kiliona Young, Grant Ka‘au‘a, TR Ireland, and Kalei Young. Dancers from kumu hula Ab Valencia’s Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu will present hula ‘auana.

“Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser tickets are $65 benefit the non-profit Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Group rates are available for tables of 5 or more.

“The Friends wish to extend a heartfelt mahalo to event co-sponsors Holland America Line, Roberts Hawaii, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park,” Mitchell stated.

For tickets, call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org. Due to TSA security regulations, tickets are not transferable, photo identification is required to board the ship, and RSVPs must be made by March 5.

Kuahiwis

For over 10 years the Kuahiwis have been perpetuating the spirit and the sound of Hawaiian music. Influenced by their ‘ohana (family) and kupuna (ancestors), the band blends the classic songs of their upbringing with the modern rhythms and melodies of today, creating a sound that is refreshing and nostalgic. On March 9, the Kuahiwis perform on board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser. CREDIT: courtesy the Kuahiwis

Rotterdam Dining Room

The elegant La Fontaine Dining Room overlooks the sea aboard the m.s. Rotterdam. Docking in the Hilo Harbor on Friday, March 9, the ship is the site for the “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Fundraiser patrons are treated to a four-course meal of appetizer, soup or salad, lunch entree choice, and dessert, served with wine. Visit www.fhvnp.org or call 985-7373 for tickets. CREDIT: courtesy Holland America Line

MS Rotterdam

In over a century of service, the M.S. Rotterdam is the sixth ship to bear this classic name in Holland America Line’s history. The m.s. Rotterdam is named for the Dutch city of Rotterdam, the birthplace of Holland America Line in The Netherlands, where their ships are registered. Docked at Hilo Harbor, the mid-size cruise ship is the site for the “Aloha Friday” Boat Day fundraiser for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on March 9. For tickets, call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org. CREDIT: courtesy Holland America Line

Halau

Hula ‘auana by dancers from kumu hula Ab Valencia’s Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu will grace the m.s. Rotterdam’s La Fontaine Dining Room on March 9. The Holland America Line cruise ship docks for the day in Hilo Harbor, and is the site for an on-board benefit luncheon for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Fundraiser tickets are $65, and group rates are available. CREDIT: courtesy Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu

“Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser

The public is invited to attend the Friends’ “Aloha Friday” Boat Day Fundraiser on board Holland America Line’s m.s. Rotterdam, which docks in the Hilo Harbor. Held on Friday, March 9, the benefit luncheon takes place in the ship’s elegant La Fontaine Dining Room, where attendees will get lei-ed before enjoying a delicious four-course meal. For fundraiser tickets, call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org. CREDIT: courtesy Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park


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