As now a Yelp Elite member consecutively every year since 2010, Yours Truly was invited to yet another AWESOME Yelp Elite Event, a.k.a. “Y.E.E.” at THE STREET HNL. A “Social House” by highly acclaimed Chef Michael Mina, who also owns Stripsteak in the same location at the new and totally awesome International Market Place in Waikiki. And I really mean “totally awesome”, as the developers truly outdid that property, elevating it to what I think from a design and execution aspect, is above and beyond any other retail and restaurant venue in in the entire state.
The event took place this past Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm at THE STREET HNL, with invitations handed out to select Yelp Elite members and their +1 guests. It included a THE STREET VIP badge on a lanyard worth $37, which included 7 stamps for a select collection of food dishes and drinks to choose. Plus “Yelp Bling” which was this super cool stainless steel YELP flask.
Following is photo coverage of this yet-again amazing Yelp Elite Event at THE STREET HNL. Enjoy. ;-)
YELP Hawaii provided each Elite member at this event a complimentary THE STREET HNL VIP Party Pass ($37 value), good for any 7 of 12 featured food and drinks of the month
KAI POKE Baja Ahi Poke Bowl with Seoul Spicy (Kochujang style) Ahi Poke and Tobiko Taco
Harissa Chicken Lafa from Little Lafa (Mr. Lafa Lafa…mmmm. Mr. Lafa Lafa… roll, roll, roll… LOL!)
St. Louis Ribs and Green Papaya Slaw from International Smoke
ALOHA ICE Strawberry Hibiscus Shave Ice: Naturally-flavored strawberry juice infused with also naturally-sourced Hibiscus flower extract shaved ice, topped with grated lime skin. That, topped in a bowl with strawberry sorbet, mascerated strawberries, Haupia mochi ice cream and Azuki beans. Dude, this shave ice totally is BOMB DOT COM!!!!!!!!!!
Kristine C., Amy M. and Emi H.
YELP Elite party peeps Ben J. and his +1 friend, Josh R. and Raelyn B.
Susie K. and Nicole Y. with their +1 friend
THE STREET HNL manager John with Nicole R. and her +1 friend
Ben J., the official photographer for YELP Hawaii with Josh R. at Maui Onion Burger, showing off their Slider & Fries (this venue is outside the International Market Place on Kuhio Avenue)
Cam B. and Emi Hart’s hubby
YELP Hawaii bosses Emi H. and Raelyn B.
Raelyn B. gets a shot of the Strawberry Hibiscus Shave Ice from Aloha Ice as Josh R. helps out with lighting
THE STREET HNL management team Roberto and John
THE STREET HNL social media manager Rosemary (in the striped black and white shirt) and Michelle at Indie Girl
Dayen and Tevin
Scott D. and Raelyn B.
Daniel C. and Pomai S.
The bartender of BEER serves up an ice-cold pint of IPA from BEER LAB, a Honolulu microbrewery located on University Avenue
Kailana, the AWESOME SOUNDING! musician of the night at THE STREET HNL
THE STREET HNL Human Resources Administrator Stephanie
Pomai S. with Jonathan, the General Manager of THE STREET HNL
Chef Michael Mina and Raelyn B., both bosses: one for the venue and one for Yelp Hawaii
Stripsteak and THE STREET HNL Waikiki owner and Executive Chef Michael Mina with Pomai Souza
Yelp Hawaii Community Manager Emi Hart and Pomai Souza