Collaboration on the Ranch

The UMU crew spent the weekend on the North Shore with our new sister company Pili Hawai`i. We might have been hard at work, but with scenery like this and such an appreciative client, we were a pretty happy bunch.

If you haven’t heard yet, Dillingham Ranch is for sale and UMU & Pili were hired to throw a little gathering for potential buyers. The already beautiful Ranch got a little facelift and invited an intimate group of  about 80 people for an afternoon on the ranch. Our clients were looking for a way of fusing elegance with the local feel the North Shore is known for.  We had a quick UMU pow wow, gathered our thoughts on Pinterest and decided on a “contemporary luau” theme which we mindfully conveyed in every aspect of the event.

Chef Mark Noguchi brought his expertise to the table with a locally inspired menu including a poke bar and Daniel Anthony pounding Pa`i`ai.  We also invited our friend Shaun from Aloha on the Rocks to set-up a shave ice station and kept homemade rosemary citrus spritzers flowing.

Oh and just for fun, there was a helicopter tour so guests could explore the estate from above. I’m not sure if Amanda is planning on buying the ranch, but somehow she landed herself a ride. Until then, we’re building sandcastles in our dreams.

 

Tip of the Week – You do great work. Now, don’t forget to launch your website

This is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, BUT now that we are finally up and running we are happy to let you learn from our  procrastination. For us, word of mouth has truly been the key to our growing list of amazing clients.  We started as a little company working with local businesses and non-profits we had standing relationships with. They were so impressed with our services they told their friends.  Now, as our little business grows-up, we are still working within our community and thankful that we  continue to expand our UMU family  through word of mouth, however, our network is expanding. As we more frequently play with the “big boys” at the national and international level (who might not know our nimble crew by name), we finally stopped stalling and got our site up.

For those of you who might be falling into the same “my website can wait” pattern, here is a little motivation and some great tips from Mashable.com titled “Website Must Haves”. Enjoy the article, enjoy our website and visit often for more tips, events and other fun stuff that will make your life better.

A huge MAHALO! to our amazing graphic designer Jess Johnston and all the others who stuck with us through this two year process!