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June 28 – Social Media Spectacular

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Social Media Spectacular

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (HST)

Honolulu, HI

If you ever wanted to learn the best practices for Social Media marketing, or wanted to pick the brain of a professional social media marketer, this is your chance! 

Social Media gurus Danny & Katie Lodestro of Spitfire Marketing will be delving into the world of Instagram, and are giving our members the opportunity to have a LIVE CRITIQUE of their IG accounts!

:::Dinner Menu:::

Nalo Collection of Baby Greens | Creamy Herb Dressing

Choice of Entree:
Half Roaster Chicken | Red Wine Natural Jus
Teri-Hibachi Grilled Salmon | Japanese Citrus Ponzu
Garlic Buttered Large Shrimp | Kona Lobster Truffle Essence
Honey Mustard Glazed Short Rib of Beef | Natural Jus 

Roy's Miniature Chocolate Souffle

Selection of Red & White Wine

Freshly Roasted Coffee or Hawaiian Hot Teas

OWA Members: $50.00
Guests: $55.00

We would love for you to join us!  

Top Hawaii Honeymoon Registry Items To Ask For

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gift registry photo

If you’re planning a Hawaii honeymoon registry, we’re super-excited for you because they can be such fun, both for you and for your guests who want to get you something a little less traditional as a wedding gift.

If you haven’t heard of honeymoon registries, basically it’s a wish list, like a normal wedding registry, but instead of registering for physical items, you register for honeymoon experiences. (To learn more about how the process works, read our other post all about Hawaii honeymoon registries.)


Want to ask for some awesome honeymoon gifts but need some inspiration? Check out these fun ideas:

Poolside cocktails If you’re staying in a resort, this is a perfect gift to request. Not only will the two of you be able to indulge in some amazing Hawaiian cocktails poolside, but it’s ideal as a lower-price-point gift for your guests.

The adventure of a lifetime – What kind of excursions would you just LOVE to do in Hawaii? Don’t be afraid if the price seems high. Often, wedding guests are actually looking for a big-ticket item that they can go in on with other people to get you something amazing. So whether it’s that pricey-but-once-in-a-lifetime Maui helicopter tour or a deep-sea fishing trip on a private yacht, put it on your Hawaii honeymoon registry!

Romantic dates – You’ll be on your honeymoon, so hopefully it will feel like one long date, but don’t forget to add in some special and very romantic Hawaii honeymoon registry options. We’re thinking candle-lit dinners out, a couple’s massage, or starlit nights in a secluded rainforest cottage. Your guests will love the idea of purchasing a romantic memory that will last a lifetime.

Fun upgrades – Wouldn’t it be amazing to have an ocean view room instead of a garden view room? Or a slick convertible rental car instead of the boring ol’ compact? Or breakfast in bed every morning? Or executive-class seats instead of coach? These upgrades can make your honeymoon feel extra special, so see what optional upgrades are available on your hotel, car rental, and flights, and be sure to include your faves on your registry.

This Genius Tip from Paula Takamori with Travel To Paradise

How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer

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Photography is the cornerstone of your wedding’s memories. The right picture instantly takes you back to the happiest day of your life. Capturing your day the way you envision starts with choosing a wedding photographer who is professional and experienced.

Below are simple tips to hiring a wedding photographer who will provide you with memories you will treasure forever.



  1. Start Searching Immediately

Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the first things you should do, because the best professional photographers book their schedules a year in advance. If you want outstanding images, start searching for your photographer when you have decided on the date.

2. Search everywhere

  1. Start with the Oahu Wedding Association! We have outstanding wedding photographers
  2. Ask for recommendations from friends and family who have held weddings prior to your event. Ask if they liked the photographer. Look at their wedding album.
  3. Ask other professionals involved in your wedding day festivities will likely have worked with photographers in the past. Ask for recommendations from your wedding planner, venue manager, caterer, baker, florist, etc.

3. Look at Wedding Photo Samples
  1. If you have a list of photographers from which to choose, look at their Web sites to begin eliminating candidates from your list. Determine which photographer has the same vision as you do.  
  2. Think about the tone that you want your photos to express.  Are you and your fiancé serious and traditional, or do you prefer a photojournalistic wedding photographs?
  3. After narrowing your selection of wedding photographers down to about three, make appointments to interview the them.
  4. Likely, the photographer will have  wedding albums available or online images to show you.
  5. Examine the basics of the pictures-such as color, clarity, exposure, graininess and composition. Then determine the photographer’s style; do they shoot photos that are adventurous and unique or are they standard and ordinary? This will also help you determine which style you prefer.
  6. Pay attention to the photographer’s ability to capture the emotion of the day. Does it appear that he has the personality to make his subjects comfortable and happy? Or is she the type of photographer that seemingly takes pictures without much passion.
  7. Come away from the interview knowing the quality of the photographer, overall style, and if they will adjust there style to your individual taste.

4. Gauge Their Professionalism
  1. While not all amateur photographers are created equal, the best way to ensure you receive a quality wedding album is to hire a seasoned professional with a solid background from which to draw.
  2. During your initial interviews, find out how many weddings the photographer has shot. He/she may have been a professional photographer for 15 years, but only doing weddings for the past year. Remember, wedding photography is much different than any other type of photography.
  3. Along with the number of years he/she has been filming weddings, ask how many actual weddings they has photographed. This will give you a better idea of how experienced the photographer has become.
  4. With such experience comes not only the knowledge of how to photograph a wedding, but also how to act during the ceremony and reception. For example, how will they dress and how will they act to your wedding party and guests?
  5. Finally, find out if the photographer has shot at your wedding venue before. If he has, he may know of places to get good shots or ways to capture moments the best.

5. Discuss Wedding Photography Equipment
  1. Although you may not be a professional photographer yourself, you should know what type of camera and equipment your photographer will be using during your event. You may find that you are more particular about it than you think.
  2. As if they bring along an assistant to help them during your wedding or a 2nd photographer,  ask if they bring backup equipment in case his original equipment fails.

6. Determine Costs and Sign the Contract
  1. While you want to make sure you book your photographer for the date of your wedding immediately, make sure you read over the legal details of exactly what you will get before signing the contract.
  2. First, agree on your investment and what you will receive.  Know exactly what type of service and what is included in your package.
  3. Make sure that the photographer you want is the photographer you will get at your wedding.  
  4. Following these simple steps will ensure you hire the photographer to meet your needs and receive a wedding album to treasure for years to come

This Genius Tip provided by Dave Miyamoto from Dave Miyamoto & Company Photography

The Hottest Food – Ramen Burger

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1 pack of Ramen noodles with flavor packet

1 pound of ground beef

3 eggs

Crushed garlic to taste

Potato chips Shoyu

Romaine lettuce Purple cabbage Tomato

Yellow hot pepper

Sauce Mayonnaise Shiracha Shoyu

Bring a pot of water to a boil; add ramen noodles and ramen flavor packet, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, about 3 minutes. Drain. Allow noodles to cool slightly.
Stir one egg in the noodles into until evenly coated. Divide noodles into 4 sliders-size ramekins or bowls. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly over noodles and stack another bowl on top to flatten noodle Mix 1lb of beef, garlic, soy sauce, crushed potatoes chips, and in a bowl. Divide beef mixture into four equal portions and shape into patties.
Heat about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Invert each ramen bowl, gently tapping the bottom of the bowl until ramen loosens, careful to maintain bun shape.
Fry each ramen bun, without moving noodles, in hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip each bun and continue frying until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes more. Ramen bun should be crispy on one side an Heat about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the same skillet used to fry ramen over medium heat. Cook beef patties until burgers are lightly pink in the center, 3 to 5 minute per side.
Mix Mayonnaise, shoyu, and shiracha in a small bowl; spread mixture over the crispy side of each ramen bun. Add purple cabbage, romaine lettuce, tomato, and yellow hot pepper over ramen buns. Place Heat about 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat; fry remaining eggs one at a time, adding more oil as needed, until yolk is almost firm, about 1 minutes per side. Place egg over patty an

PREP 20 mins COOK 20 mins READY IN 1 hr

This Genius Tip provided by Dave Miyamoto from Dave Miyamoto & Company Photography


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IMG_3372Hawaii destination weddings may sound like a far-flung dream, but you might be surprised by how easy it can be to make your Hawaii destination wedding a reality.

Not only does Hawaii offer stunning backdrops for romantic weddings and fantasy honeymoons, but it can also be very affordable when compared with a traditional wedding back at home.

The average American couple spends between $25,000 and $30,000 on their wedding at home, plustheir honeymoon. Wow! For many families, that is a lot of money.

On the other hand, a destination wedding in Hawaii can be more affordable. Wedding coordinators in Hawaii offer great wedding packages that include all of your decor, your officiant, your wedding cake, your entertainment, and much more.

Yes, you have to pay for flights, and you’ll likely have fewer guests, but those that come are, like you, getting the bonus of a vacation along with the wedding.

If you’re wondering if a Hawaii destination wedding is right for you, get in touch with us! We have a lot of wonderful contacts in Hawaii who can help you plan your dream wedding on budget. Travel to Paradise can also help you and all of your wedding guests find the most affordable flights and accommodations to make your big day happen. We’ll even help you find perfect activities so that you can truly get the most out of your Hawaii destination wedding and honeymoon.

This Genius Tip from Paula Takamori with Travel To Paradise



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Kate Patay

Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Kate joined Creative Coverings with over 15 years experience in F&B design, hotel/casino catering sales, special events and convention services. In her current role, Kate oversees the growth of the rental and sales division, as well as brand integrity; specifically through marketing efforts, customer relations and overall client experience. Working closely with the design team to stay ahead of fashion and décor trends has contributed to the rapid and successful growth of the company. She was an integral part of Creative Coverings receiving Emerald Green Certification in 2012 – making them the only national linen company with this coveted eco-friendly designation.

Previously, Kate worked in the catering industry in Western New York, Las Vegas and most recently with MGM Mirage/Eldorado Corporation at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino where she was responsible for large-scale conventions and social catering events. She also assisted with the opening of the Reno Ballroom for the Tri-properties and the City of Reno.

As Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Kate helps represent Creative Coverings as a NACE National Business Partner and Social Media & Trend Expert, founding member & President of the Reno-Tahoe Chapter and Experience! 2011 Co-Chair. She is also an active member of ISES, ICA, ACCP, ARA, GPSWA and the EPA. She has been a featured educational speaker at the NACE Experience conference, ISES Eventworld, the ARA national convention and numerous organizational meetings around the country. Recently, she was nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year and honored as not only one of the Top 10 Influential People in Northern Nevada, but as the “Person to Know” by the Reno Gazette Journal.

Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter to keep on top of what’s hot and what’s not in events!



Set yourself apart as a trend leader and master the skill of translating the latest fashions into chic events! Learn what hot trends to expect through the remainder of 2013 and well into 2014. Kate will teach you how to stay ahead of the competition with tips on how you can forecast the future of catering, wedding and events trends. Find out the most effective ways to sell these trends profitably to your clients and establish yourself as an industry expert! In this session, you will learn:

  1. How to identify the root of catering, wedding and events design trends, and how they are influenced by runway fashion, home décor, foodie TV and other media outlets.
  2. How to establish ways to incorporate these trends into your events.
  3. New techniques to upsell your vision to your client so that their event comes alive and becomes iconic.

Tips and tricks for the cost-conscious bride will also be highlighted so you can design on any budget!

OWA joint meeting with NACE- National Association of Catering Executives!

Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma Street

October 29, 2013

Check in at 6pm

OWA Members $30.00 pre-sale ticket
Non-members + walkins $45.00
Limited seating

OWA joint meeting with NACE- National Association of Catering Executives!

O’ahu Wedding Association’s June 2013 General Membership Meeting

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When: Wednesday,  June 26th, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Attend Event


Honolulu Design Center’s Cupola Theater

Panel Discussion:
Brides and their Purchase Decisions When it Comes to Hiring
a Wedding Professional

We have about 20 brides who will discuss their purchase decisions in relationship to wedding professionals.  Who did they choose and why.  What vehicles helped them with planning… websites, magazines, attend a bridal expo etc…

This is your chance to get inside the mind of the bride herself!
Do not miss this fabulous opportunity!

Cost: 2013 OWA Members and First-time guests $30
5:30 p.m. Check In, Pupu’s and cocktails
6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion from Brides
Networking after panel

Parking: There is FREE, ample parking at the Honolulu Design Center with its main parking entrance located on your left along Piikoi Street.  A secondary entrance is available on you left along Pensacola Street.

Please purchase your tickets before the deadline: June 26th at 5:00p.m.

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O’ahu Wedding Association

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Tiki’s Grill & Bar – Coconut Club


6:00PM – 9:00PM


6:00 p.m. Check In up on the 21st Floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Networking / Welcome

Speaker – Marlon S. discussing and critiquing websites

Dinner / Networking


From the West:

Take exit 23 for Punahou St toward Waikiki/Manoa, turn right on Punahou St, turn right onto South Beretania St to far left lane, take 1st left onto Kalakaua Avenue for 2 miles, turn left onto Paoakalani Avenue.  Destination’s driveway is on your immediate right.

From the East:

Take exit 25B to merge onto Kapiolani Blvd, turn left onto McCully St, turn left onto Kalakaua Avenue for 1 mile, turn left onto Paoakalani Avenue.  Destination’s driveway is on your immediate right.


Valet only

Alternate parking

Honolulu Zoo Paid Parking Lot or Free Street Parking on Monsarrat Avenue


More details to come 

Please purchase your tickets before the deadline : April 30th  at 5:00 p.m.

Please subscribe to our email list for meeting updates

Thank you and Happy Planning (^_−)−☆



Also, the Hawaii Bridal Expo returns this July! Please email for more information on how to advertise or attend this event. July 26,27 and 28! Stop by if you are newly engaged….. grab your OWA pro today and rest easy for the rest of your engagement. You are in good hands with us!






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