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Young professionals rock-a-hula-baby at Polynesian party in Hermann Park

Young professionals rock-a-hula-baby at Polynesian party in the park

Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Megan Kaldis, Catherine Bradley, Brittany Sakowitz and Adrienne Saxe
Megan Kaldis, from left, Catherine Bradley, Brittany Sakowitz and Adrienne Saxe Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Kendall Wood and Rachel Streitmann
Kendall Wood, left, and Rachel Streitmann Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Bryan Moreno, Frank Javier and Berlin Nicholas
Bryan Moreno, from left, Frank Javier and Berlin Nicholas Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Chad Atlas, Katy Atlas, Katie Chachere and Adam Curley
Chad and Katy Atlas, from left, Katie Chachere and Adam Curley Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Jill Ballard, Brittany Ringel and Johnna Carlson
Jill Ballard, from left, Brittany Ringel and Johnna Carlson Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Jason Griffin and Sharon Noel
Jason Griffin and Sharon Noel Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Eliza Wright, Brandon Lauderdale, Brett McDanald and Kristen McDanald
Eliza Wright, from left, Brandon Lauderdale and Brett and Kristen McDanald Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Bridget Vick and Gabe Vick
Bridget and Gabe Vick Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Beth Taylor, Jessica Hart and Jill Ballard
Beth Taylor, from left, Jessica Hart and Jill Ballard Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Adam Curley, Michael Long, Alexis Long and Marc Eichenbaum
Adam Curley, from left, Michael and Alexis Long and Marc Eichenbaum Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 crowd venue
The 300-plus handsome surfers and fetching wahines were greeted with colorful leis. Photo by Morris Malakoff
009 Hermann Park paddle boats at night
Pedal boats at dusk added to the tropical ambiance. Photo by Morris Malakoff
003 Hermann Park paddle boats at night
McGovern Lake in Hermann Park Photo by Morris Malakoff
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Megan Kaldis, Catherine Bradley, Brittany Sakowitz and Adrienne Saxe
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Kendall Wood and Rachel Streitmann
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Bryan Moreno, Frank Javier and Berlin Nicholas
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Chad Atlas, Katy Atlas, Katie Chachere and Adam Curley
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Jill Ballard, Brittany Ringel and Johnna Carlson
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Jason Griffin and Sharon Noel
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Eliza Wright, Brandon Lauderdale, Brett McDanald and Kristen McDanald
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Bridget Vick and Gabe Vick
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Beth Taylor, Jessica Hart and Jill Ballard
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 Adam Curley, Michael Long, Alexis Long and Marc Eichenbaum
Urban Green's Hula in Hermann Park May 2013 crowd venue
009 Hermann Park paddle boats at night
003 Hermann Park paddle boats at night

Lined with flickering tiki torches when eventide fell upon the banks of McGovern Lake, the urban landscape around Hermann Park dissolved into a tropical luau that defeated any threats of rain on Thursday. Mother Nature knew better than to encroach on the plans of an attractive young professionals posse with penchant for keeping these grounds verdant.

The 300-plus handsome surfers in Bermuda shorts and fetching wahines in sun dresses were greeted with colorful leis as they joined Urban Green's "Hula in Hermann Park." Party chairs Cassie Detering, Megan Kaldis and Bridget and Gabe Vick threw a Polynesian soirée that ushered many fresh faces and scores of pretty young things to this popular yearly event.

No details were spared in the preparations. Cocktail tables dressed with pineapples and florals; Batanga's whole-roasted pig with grilled pineapple, coconut milk, mango and habanero peppers; Dripping Springs Vodka's mai tais garnished with cherries and umbrellas; surfboards and beach balls as décor — aloha!

A one-week trip for two to Zarautz, a town on the Basque coast of Northern Spain, donated by Good People Surf, earned top dollar.

Add pedal boat rides at dusk and Smilebooth's hilarious animated GIFs — what else would you want?

DJ Mav knew just how to get the this assemblage to the al fresco dance floor, located conveniently adjacent to the silent auction. Among the many enticing items up for grabs, it was a one-week trip for two to Zarautz, a town on the Basque coast of Northern Spain, donated by Good People Surf, that earned top dollar.

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Pisco Portón's cucumber-infused cocktails did their part in keeping this crowd in good spirits while bites from BlackFinn American Grille, Molina's Cantina, Adair Kitchen and Raising Cane's hit the spot.

Saying mahalo to executive director Doreen Stoller, development director Meghan Miller and marketing manager Adrienne Saxe for this beachy gathering were Nic Phillips, David Rassin, Carey Kirkpatrick, Eliza Wright and Brandon Lauderdale, Kristen and Brett McDanald, Kevin Dewhurst, Cynthia Conner, Catarina Cron, Sonia Soto, Jenn Char, Susan Daker, Liam Bonner, Andrew Borches, Catherine Bradley, Brittany Sakowitz, Bryan Moreno, Frank Javier, Berlin Nicholas and Jason Griffin and Sharon Noel.