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Coverage: THE STREET HNL Yelp Elite Event

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!)

MINDFUL GREENS Shiitake Mushroom & Napa Cabbage Salad


Slider with Fries from Maui Onion Burger

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

Related links:

Yelp Elite Event: The Street – Yelp


4 thoughts on “Coverage: THE STREET HNL Yelp Elite Event

  • July 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Haven’t commented in a while but this looks totally solid!!!!  Curious on how International Smoke would take off in Hawaii but it sure looks like they are leading with quality food first.  Make sure you tell us when you beat Steph at HORSE.

    • August 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm


      Are you referring to their HR gal?

      • August 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm


        Sorry…I will help connect the dots.

        International Smoke is owned by Ayesha Curry.  Who is married to Stephen Curry.  Stephen Curry plays basketball for the Golden State Warriors.  HORSE is a playground basketball game.

        • August 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm


          I know what the basketball game HORSE is. We used to play it all the time.

          Your connect-the-dots game reminds of the Six Degrees of Separation game, made famous by the “Kevin Bacon Oracle”.

          I didn’t know Ayesha Curry, Steph Curry’s wife owns International Smoke. Very interesting.

          How’s about this: International Smoke is owned by Ayesha Curry, wife of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Kamehameha Schools’ sports teams are called the Warriors. Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate owns the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, right across the street from the International Market Place in Waikiki.

          OK, wait, that didn’t really connect. LOL!!!


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