HONOLULU, HI (Aug. 29, 2015) — SKY Waikiki became Hawaii’s ultimate rooftop experience on Saturday night, when 400 invited VIP guests rubbed shoulders with celebrities and a media crush not seen since President Obama’s last visit to the Big Island.
The celebrities on hand included DJ Brody Jenner, TV and movie actress Victoria Justice, “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay Cheryl Burke, “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco, former NFL great Terrell Owens, and singers Mikalah Gordon and Stevie Brock.
The widespread rain and thunderstorms, so prevalent earlier in the week, gave way to clear skies that made it effortless for guests to take in the stunning panoramic view of the Waikiki coastline, Diamond Head perched in the distance, and city lights glittering nineteen stories below.
The night’s festivities included a hallowed Hawaiian blessing, a Red Bull-sponsored human flyover, signature cocktails crafted by Mixologist Jennifer Ackrill, a unique menu of social cuisine created by award winning Executive Chef Lance Kosaka, and a celebrity-studded red carpet that each and every guest passed through.
Designed to entice and entertain, SKY Waikiki is located on the nineteenth floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza. The 7,000 square-foot venue is a fully interactive space, featuring a thirty-foot video wall, three full service bars, custom lighting, Martin Audio sound system, and a SKY Deck highlighted with a custom fire pit.
SKY Waikiki’s menu was showcased by a number of gourmet pizzas, a “Popcorn” Shrimp, “the Perfect Cheeseburger”, and an array of desserts that made mouths water. As did a curated beverage list thoughtfully developed for locals and tourists alike, faceted by the SKY Waikiki signature cocktail “Iolani Spritz,” a hibiscus infused organic cucumber vodka with lime juice and a splash of soda.
SKY Waikiki managing partner Jovan, who heads a seasoned team of hospitality specialists, called the opening “perfect.”
“We knew there has never been anything like this in Waikiki, or Hawaii for that matter,” Jovan said. “But to finally see it come alive was breathtaking.”
SKY Waikiki is now open to the public. The evening’s entertainment featured The Green, Hawaii’s premier reggae band.