Gala guests arrive at the Royal Hawaiian.
Conch shell blowers welcome guests.
The Royal Hawaiian's porte-cochere. The gala's main entrance.
Gala designer David Beahm placed large floral arrangements throughout the hotel grounds. Many of the arrangements, like these in the porte cochere, were up-lit.
A lobby floral arrangement.
A view of the illuminated Royal Hawaiian facade from the Coconut Grove.
Rain was intermittent up until the gala's final hours, but only barely affected the mood. Umbrellas—pink and white, naturally—were passed out by hotel staff and guests roamed the Coconut Grove early in the evening grazing on pupu and cocktails.
Another view of the Coconut Grove … with floral arrangements.
101-year-old ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia (right) sings "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii" for guests in the Coconut Grove.
Another view of the Royal Hawaiian facade from the Coconut Grove.
Beachside cabanas await gala guests.
The staff at the Royal's beachside Azure restaurant prepare for the mass of gala guests arriving from the Coconut Grove cocktail area.
The beachside Mai Tai Bar gets busy as gala guests begin moving to the Ocean Lawn.
Pink lighting illuminated the Ocean Lawn dessert area ...
... and dance floor tent.
The Monarch Room awaits $10,000 table guests and trumpeter Chris Botti.
With activity in the Coconut Grove cocktail area winding down, gala guests begin the move through the pink-lit interiors of the Royal Hawaiian to the Ocean Lawn.
A suitcase sculpture in Louis Vuitton Hawaii's "The Evolution of Travel" exhibit, near the Monarch Room. The exhibit offered a timeline moving from the nostalgic era of luxury travel in Waikiki to modern travel.
Justin Long arrives, poses for photos on the "pink carpet" media area.
Fireworks off Waikiki followed a champagne toast celebrating the Royal Hawaiian's reopening.
Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre "Floating Lotus" dancers moving gracefully in the Royal's pool.
The bar at Azure.
Our table near the Azure bar.
As guests began leaving near evening's end, the Royal's interiors returned to tranquility.
Post-midnight, the Ka'ala Boys jammed "nahenahe style"—Hawaiian for "soft, sweet and gentle"—near the Mai Tai Bar.