The four weeks of events, events, events is half way through! The Holiday Hoopla, is a month long extravaganza full of Yelpy holiday parties.
The Hoopla started with a kick-off at Mercedes Benz of Honolulu on November 28. This event, with over 1,000 people in attendance consisted of both an inside and outside venue. 20 food and drink vendors came together to give the attendees a great time and donations from The Face Shop, The Wedding Ring Shop, and Mercedes Benz (one lucky Yelper won a three year lease to a Smart Car!) were a hit! The Yelp Candy Cane Girls (another intern and myself) made their way through the party and spread holiday cheer to all they saw.
The real star of the party was Aloha United Way, who partnered with Yelp, and collected over $4,000 in donations and had a mountain of toys for children in need!
(Inside Mercedes Benz)
(Outside Mercedes Benz)
(Yelp Christmas Tree)
Two days later at Eat the Street, the Yelp pop up booth was in action giving Yelp ornaments to all who “checked in”. There were red and white colored Yelp trees and black and white color-able ones. The two I made are hanging happily on my Christmas tree as I type this.
The next day, there was wonder in the eyes of all who were at Kapolei Commons. It was 82 degrees, a normal day in Hawaii, and there was snow falling from the sky. Yes you read that right! There was a Snow Day in Kapolei! Thanks to Hawaiian Ice Company, we were able to bring 10 tons of snow to the 400 people who showed up. Once again the Yelp booth was there to offer the attendees some schwag and a place to warm their chilly snow hands. This was the perfect way to start December.
On Sunday, December 2 at the Aston Waikiki, the 3rd Annual Cookie Swap and Crafternoon Delight took the stage. The 100 party goers each brought about three dozen cookies of their own making and graced the tables with their masterpieces. I have to confess I had my fair share of sugar that night! Watching the sunset on the patio of a beautiful penthouse room is definitely something to be rivaled, but the Cookie Swap was able to pry the eyes of the attendees away from this spectacular sight with the food and drink of Tiki’s! Their Yelp inspired “5 star review” cocktail and their chocolate pasta were talked about through the night.
(View from the patio)
(The check-in offer from Aston Waikiki)
The last networking event of the year took place at Aloha Tower Marketplace on December 5. Nextworking was a place for professionals to come together and not only get some Yelp schwag but also make some connections for their various businesses. With the holiday photo booth Yelp offered, the night was never dull!
(Photo booth backdrop)
Second half of the Holiday Hoopla includes:
Tonight, December 13, is Breakfast for Dinner at HOPA (House of Pure Aloha - see post below) where breakfast lovers will ban together to bring waffles to the night!
Saturday, December 15, is the Honolulu Night Market, where the Yelp booth will make its last appearance of the month and give out those amazing Yelp Christmas trees.
On December 18 it will be elves and reindeer galore with an Elves and Antlers Karaoke Party at Edge Bar.
The Hoopla will close out with the “end of the world” and Candy Crawl will commence on December 21 in Chinatown!
Picture of these events will be coming soon!
Until then, smile! :)