Nearly 400 people gathered Sunday night (Sept. 14) on the Great Lawn of La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.
It was a record turnout and a sell-out Sunset Jazz benefit concert, featuring Waikiki entertainment icons like Shari Lynn and Jimmy Borges. The PBS Big Band and the Piranha Brothers were among the other jazz acts. Two talented La Pietra juniors, Jaresha Gladney and Amanda Apa, were surprise guest performers.
There was a Louis Armstrong table and an Ella Fitzgerald table for groups of eight. Others enjoyed gourmet picnic baskets designed by Eberhard “Chef Hardy” Kintscher.
La Pietra, the former Dillingham estate on the slopes of Diamond Head, was designed after an Italian villa. So guests got a little taste of Europe for the evening.
Lynn, who is the school’s music director, created the annual Sunset Jazz event 15 years ago.