Gallery: Scenes from the Lucky Rice Sunset Luau

Alan Wong's
Alan Wong's

The ahi tuna sashimi with avocado salsa from Alan Wong's was deliciously fresh.

Alan Wong's
Alan Wong's

The pineapple shaved ice actually wasn't shaved ice at all, but shaved frozen pineapple. The sweet fruit became almost fluffy, topping a coconut tapioca with passion fruit sauce and coconut sorbet. Ridiculously delicious? You bet.

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

Chef Chai Chaowasaree—the executive chef of Hawaiian Airlines—made several delicious dishes for the event. This beautiful lemongrass and coconut milk poached Kona lobster was served with super sweet corn from Oahu's own Aloun Farms and a lobster reduction.

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

This crab cake was served with a rainbow of pickled Big Island vegetables.

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

A spicy lemongrass oxtail soup shooter—the cherry tomatoes are also Hawaii-grown, from Oahu's Ho Farm.

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

This flavorful sticky fried rice with shiitake mushroom, lob chong, and island chicken was served on Hawaiian ti leaves.

Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire

The cocktails of the evening featured Bombay Sapphire gin. This "Gin and Tonic Reimagined" was made with Fever Tree tonic water and topped with "worldly botanicals."

Halekulani
Halekulani

This abalone poached in sea water sat atop a shooter of corn bisque from chef Vikram Garg of Halekulani.

Halekulani
Halekulani

Lomi lomi salmon on shaved hearts of palm.

Hula dancers
Hula dancers

In case you were not completely transported to the island of Hawaii by the food alone, hula dancers were there to take your mind far from the rainy streets of New York.

Hawaiian salt
Hawaiian salt

Large bowls of colorful Hawaiian salts were there for tasting.

Roy's
Roy's

For those of you who have not had foie gras over French macarons, you are truly missing out. From Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's, this "ban mi" dish layered ribeye beef, foie gras pâté, and marinated carrot and turnip over a perfect curry macaron.

Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire

The last drink of the night: Bombay Sapphire, dragon fruit, pomegranate, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and Bittercube Bolivar bitters.

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