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Yelp Elite Event: Blue Note Hawaii

Last night I attended what would be my third Yelp Elite event at Blue Note Hawaii; this after being a Yelp Elite member consecutively each year since 2009. Yeah, I’m not exactly the social butterfly you might think I am, but hey, I’m trying!

This is the deal, as emailed from the yelp organizers of this event:

You (& a lucky +1) are invited to join us for a musical evening at the Blue Note Hawaii. You’ll be treated to a special performance by jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater, a triple Grammy® and TONY® awards winner. Enjoy complimentary pass pupus and cocktails before the show while you mingle with your fellow 2016 Elites!

The Deets

What: Yelp Elite Event @ Blue Note Hawaii
When: Tuesday February 9 (5:30pm check-in, 7pm show)
Where: The Blue Note Waikiki (Waikiki Outrigger Beach Resort, 2335 Kalakaua Avenue)
Attire: Cocktail attire (Business attire is cool but please don’t look like you just came from the beach)

Blue Note Hawaii is an upscale Jazz club originally in New York City, with other locations in Japan and Italy, featuring Grammy Award winning artists, including the likes of Tony Bennett and Kenny G, to name a few of MANY more. Its newest location in Hawaii is on the second floor of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, right above Duke’s, right behind Hula Grill (same owners), in the space that was formerly the home of the AMAZING Society of Seven for DECADES prior.

For this Yelp Elite event that took place yesterday evening (2.09.16), as you see, the featured artist was Dee Dee Bridgewater. And she BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN! AMAZING vocalist!

Ahi Poke

Ahi Poke

Of course being Yelp, food was par for the course, with light pupus served, including Ahi Poke, Sliders, Baked Seafood Crostini and Banana Bread Pudding.

Baked Seafood Crostini

Beef Sliders

Beef Slider

Banana Bread Pudding

An open bar of beer, along with red and white wine was also served, compliments of Yelp!…

Mason served up a glass of Monrosso Chianti 2012

Of course where there’s Yelp, there’s Yelp “bling bling”…

Yelp “bling bling” at Blue Note Hawaii @ the Outrigger Waikiki Beach ~ 2.09.16

And Yelp table centerpieces…

And of course Yelp wouldn’t exist without Yelp PEEPS!!!…

Yelp Elite member Jeffrey A. with his lovely guest Ru and Pomai @ Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach ~ 2.09.16

Emi Hart, Community Manager of Yelp Honolulu with Pomai at Blue Note Hawaii @ the Outrigger Waikiki Beach ~ 2.09.16

Jules with Pomai, in the front of Blue Note Hawaii @ the Outrigger Waikiki Beach ~ 2.09.16

Pomai, in front of Blue Note Hawaii @ the Outrigger Waikiki Beach for yet another FANTASTIC Yelp Elite event ~ 2.09.16

Let the show begin…

So this is the deal, and BOY IS IT A DOOSIE! Here I was snapping photos from afar where I was sitting, NO FLASH ON, as we were told not to use. However, here I go prancing on up right in front of the stage, then started shooting photos again. However, I didn’t realize I had changed modes on my camera to shutter priority, with the FLASH FORCED ON. Oh, snap, not only did the usher come and tell me to turn it off, but Dee Dee Bridgewater RIPPED ME APART in front of all my fellow Elite Yelpers. I mean, TORE ME UP! You know the saying “Hell hath no fiery like a women scorned”? Well, I must have did WAY more than just scorn her. OMG!

But nah, it was all good. After all was said and done (more like scoldings and dirty lickinz’!), she was really cool and smiled at me for being a good sport while she tore me up. Was I embarrassed? You bet. Talk about “Make A”! However after a while it became somewhat amusing, and I was just thankful I still had my camera and its memory card! LOL So the photos you’re looking at of Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band came with BLOOD, SWEAT ‘n TEARS! Know that! LOL!!

Coming soon to Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, Don Tiki, featuring Starr Kalahiki!

For more information, please visit BlueNoteHawaii.com

Related links:

Blue Note Hawaii – Yelp user reviews
Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny G among headliners at Waikiki’s new Blue Note Hawaii – Pacific Business News


4 thoughts on “Yelp Elite Event: Blue Note Hawaii

  • February 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm


    You are in a jazz club and force the flash on to photograph the performance! You might as well started to record movies with sound and held up a sign indicting you are recordong. There is professional protocol to be followed.

    • February 10, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Ken, it was an “accident”!!!! I really didn’t realize my flash was firing until it was too late, as the lighting from the stage was shining directly at me at the front of the stage. Otherwise, lots of folks were taking photos and video of the performance.

      Gotta’ say, Blue Note Hawaii is a GREAT venue, with so much Jazz music potential! I’m hoping they can get Anita Baker and Al Di Meola!

  • February 11, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Pomai, gone skiing at Tahoe which was awesome.  I see Yelp Blue Note great

    too.  My BF loved jazz music very much and which he could attend for the



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