Greening Our Future

On August 25th, UMU was proud to present the transformation of a vacant warehouse into an elegant gala after months of  collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter, RIM Architects and a solid group of volunteers for the 2nd annual Green Gala at Warehouse MR1.1 in Kakaako. This fundraiser and awards dinner celebrated the efforts of local designers, builders and community leaders for  their stewardship towards a greener future.
Falling in line with the USGBC’s sustainable mission, our team worked endlessly to transform this rundown warehouse into a night of sustainable elegance. Thanks to the assistance of great volunteers and like-minded organizations, we were able to elevate the possibilities of what a vacant warehouse has to offer. The unique venue provided the UMU and our dedicated planning committee with a chance to embrace the intent of LEED credit MR 1.1 by reusing and transforming an empty warehouse into a classy Gala.

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed a locally inspired dinner courtsey of The Whole Ox Deli and Prima, signature drinks by local celebrity mixologists  Joey Gottesman and Dave Newman of Pint & Jigger as well as beer and wine garden. The evening  highlighted a eco-themed silent auction and live entertainment by Hot Club Of Hulaville.  Our zero waste stations, courtesy of Tree3s, helped to lessen our environmental impact.  We are proud to report only one bag of trash was created from this 300+ person event.  Everything else was either reused, recycled, composted or fed to our four-legged friends on a farm.

Award winners of the evening included Henk Rogers and The Blue Planet Foundation for the Outstanding Pioneer Award; Hunt Companies for the Legacy Award and special honors of  Punahou Schools and Forest City as Hawai’i’s Green “LEEDers” in Hawai`i.

Proceeds of over $25,000 from this event will benefit the USGBC’s mission which is to create an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous quality of life for all in Hawaii through the transformation of the built environment and the way it is planned, designed, constructed and operated.  We truly loved the level of creativity and collaboration this event fostered and we are already planning on how to make it even more “out-of-the-box” for next year. Another non-traditional “gala” we are so proud to be a part of.  For more telling photos visit Honolulu Magazine’s event slideshow courtsey of Ross D. Hamamura.