Ko Olina Taste at Kapolei, an all-you-can-eat scholarship fundraiser on the beach at Ko Olina Resort, is celebrating its 12th anniversary on Sept. 10, 2011, with Oahu's top restaurants and chefs, live entertainment and a silent auction from 6-9 p.m.
The popular culinary event in west Oahu features tasting tents presenting food from more than 20 local restaurants, including Ruth's Chris Steak House; Romano's Macaroni Grill; Gordon Biersch; Formaggio's Wine Bar and Grill; Longboards at Ko Olina; Big City Diner; Soul (Sean Priester); and Tanioka's Seafood and Catering.
Additional restaurants taking part are Auntie Pasto's; Thai Kitchen; Hapa Grill; Hana Sushi; Da Pokeman Fish Market; Da Spot; A Cup of Tea; Cake Envy; Blazin Steaks Atkinson/Kuloko Kine LLC; Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville; Just Tacos Mexican Grill and Cantina; Kaahaaina Café; Roy's at Ko Olina; Starbucks; and Waipahu High School's Culinary Arts Program.
Live musical entertainment is provided by A Touch of Gold and Hawaiian vocalist Mailani Makainai. Also, Hawaiian-style entertainer Lopaka Brown performs in a tiki-themed VIP tent. The night concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Proceeds from Ko Olina Taste at Kapolei go to college scholarships for high-achieving students from west Oahu. Since its inception in 2000, the event has raised an estimated $1 million to fund scholarships.
Tickets are $100 per adult and $45 per child ages 6-12.