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Alan Wong’s food and a Chicago mini-concert: how this non-golfer enjoyed the Sony Open

Posted January 14, 2013 by Melissa Chang

While most of you were paying attention to the annual Sony Open in Hawaii (@SonyOpenHawaii) for the golf this past weekend, I — the non-golfer — checked out one of its fabulous food events … of course. The Pro-Am awards gala was held in the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday night, a much-awaited event that always features a renowned chef’s creations and an up-close-and-personal mini concert by a famous band or musician.

It was pretty crowded, so it wasn’t easy to get photos, but here’s a quick look at what I did:

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Sony Open awards gala

The main hall downstairs was transformed into a gorgeous ballroom with lights creating tapestry, grand chandeliers, and artful centerpieces.

Here’s Chicago performing their still-popular “If you leave me now” ballad:

Mahalo to Wedge Lee for the invitation!


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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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