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Party pics: Elephant Moon Gala

More than 500 people celebrated Mari and Vaigai’s new elephant enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo’s annual gala

Posted September 29, 2012 by Melissa Chang

A full moon — or an “elephant moon,” as the Honolulu Zoo called it — hovered over a tent filled with stars and more than 500 people at the zoo’s annual gala last night as they celebrated Mari and Vaigai’s new enclosure. Belly dancers, a silent and live auction, cocktails, and 15 renowned Oahu restaurants comprised this India-inspired event designed by Jonathan Staub of Philpotts & Associates.

Party Pics: Zoofari (1 of 46)

Party Pics: Zoofari

Mari and Vaigai, the guests of honor at Zoofari 2012.



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  1. nonstopmari
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

    i’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for mari the elephant. may she and vaigai live long and prosper! (is mari female?)

  2. regular_dhara
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm


  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

     @nonstopmari EO:  jes like you, she is a woman!! 

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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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