August Moon: Wine, food, and art supports art education

Hawaii Independent Staff

HONOLULU—The third annual August Moon is a chance for people to try wines from 30 winemakers, sample light bites from top food venues and buy art—all to help bring arts education to Hawaii’s children.

The benefit, launched by The Contemporary Museum in 2009, is the first held by the newly joined Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Contemporary Museum.

The evening will again feature the live art event Drawn Out, which has some of Oahu’s top artists sit at a table and create works. Once completed, each work immediately goes on sale for $25. The event is a chance for aspiring art collectors to scoop up new art.

The event is also a special opportunity for wine enthusiasts. Every summer, Johnson Brothers of Hawaii selects a lineup of winemakers that it represents for a tour to allow industry insiders a taste of their products. August Moon allows the general public in on the wine action. People can try wines from four countries, with a focus on California. Along with Napa Valley selections such as Eagle Eye and Domaine Georg Rafael Père & Fils, guests can try kosher wines from three different Israeli winemakers and fine ports from Portugal’s Kopke Ports.

Also on hand are light bites from restaurants and food businesses such as Town, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and the museum’s own Pavilion Café.

The evening will also include a lucky-number drawing. Tickets are $25 each, and five for $100. Drawing items include a two-night stay in oceanfront rooms at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort, and a selection of premium wines.

Friends can make a party out of the event by purchasing tables for four or six people. Each table receives one complimentary bottle of wine. For table purchases, call (808) 532-3671.

For more information, call (808) 532-8700 or visit

August Moon
Saturday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Cost: $85 individual; $600 and $1,200 for tables; individual tickets available online

Participating wineries

Allan Scott Family Winemakers - Marlborough, New Zealand
Bouchaine Winery Carneros Estate - Napa Valley
Cafaro Cellars - Napa Valley
Carrefour Vineyards - Napa Valley
Eagle Eye - Napa Valley
Elke Vineyards - Anderson Valley Mendocino
Domaine Georg Rafael Pere & Fils - Napa Valley
Gauthier Select Vineyards - Napa Valley
J Moss Fine Napa Valley Wines – Napa Valley
Jarvis Winery - Napa Valley
Kooyong - The Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Ladera Vineyards - Howell Mountain Wines - Napa Valley
McIntyre Vineyards - Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
Nani Moon Meads - Kauai, Hawaii
Opolo Vineyards - Paso Robles
Peirano Estate - Lodi
Peju Province Winery - Rutherford Estate Napa Valley
Henry’s Drive Vignerons - Padthaway, Australia
Robert Stemmler and the Donum Estate - Carneros / Russian River Valley
Robert Talbott Vineyards - Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
David Bruce Vineyards - Santa Cruz Mountains
Ross Estates and Tait Wines - Barossa Valley, Australia
Storrs Winery - Santa Cruz Mountains
Terra Valentine - Spring Mountain
Vino Noceto - Amador Valley, Plymouth
Kopke Ports - Oporto,  Portugal (founded in 1638!)
Yarden / Golan / Galil - Israel (kosher wines)
Zaca Mesa Vineyards & Winery - Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara

Food provided by:

Chef Kathi
Duke’s Waikiki/Hula Grill
He‘eia Pier General Store & Deli
Gourmet cheese from King Foods
Ono Pops
Pavilion Cafe
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Whole Foods

Participating artists:
Kahi Ching
Solomon Enos
Brady Evans
Sally French
Vince Hazen
Gemma Hazen
Ryan Higa
Byron Inouye
May Izumi
Corinne Kamiya
Kloe Kang
Jon J. Murakami
Deb Nehmad
Carl Pao
Margo Ray
Melissa Rivera
Cade Roster
Masako Schwalbenitz
David Tanji
David Thorne
Maika‘i Tubbs
Mike Watanabe
Atsumi Yamamoto
Scott Yoell