“I gotta fifty dolla bidja now, five, wouldja biddle onna fifty-five, biddle onna fifty-five, fifty-five. Who’s gonna bitta the fifty five dollar bill?”
If those lyrics from Leroy Van Dyke send your heart racing and make you want to reach for your wallet, then mark your calendars for Sunday, July 27, when the Hilton Waikoloa hosts a live art auction of their famed convention area artwork and furniture.
The Hilton Waikoloa is renovating their meeting and convention areas and need to make space for the new art pieces that are coming in. The auction is open to the public and will offer bidders the unique opportunity to own one of the more than 100 pieces of artwork and fine furniture from the conference center.
“We’re renovating the entire convention center,” said Debi Bishop, general manager of the Hilton Waikoloa. “With that comes a whole new look and feel of the center. I thought it would be a great opportunity to take some of the art, porcelains, and furniture that was in the convention center and make them available for the public to own.”
Most of the property’s world-renowned art collection will remain in place, including the Museum Walkway, which continues to be maintained the Hilton’s art curator, Marcia Raye. However, because the Conference Center is undergoing a complete renovation, many of the items at auction must go to make way for new art and furnishings that are part of the new Conference Center design.
Bishop also wanted to support a charitable cause with a portion of the proceeds from the auction and she chose to donate 10 percent of art sales to the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation to assist in the building of their new emergency room.
“It was Debi’s idea to do an auction and provide some of the monies to a non-profit,” said Giovanna Gherardi, president of the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation. “Debi lives in North Kohala, and last year at our annual fundraiser, she organized all of the silent auction and helped us raise a whole bunch of money. We’ve raised almost a half a million dollars but we need about another $300,000. The project is moving along nicely and we’re hoping it will be done this fall.”
Some of the items to be auctioned include Buddha statues, a Wyland painting of a whale and its calf in a custom-made koa frame. a cinnabar red carved dragon, and furniture pieces including tables, chairs, and sofas.
“There’s something that’s affordable for everyone,” said Bishop. “Nothing in the auction has any minimum or reserves except for the Wyland painting which will have a minimum on it.”
A preview of the auction items will be available for bidders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the auction, and the live auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Kona Ballroom of the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
All items won at the auction must be picked up by Tuesday, July 29. Self-parking for the event is free and valet parking is available for $11. The event will feature a cash bar and patrons are encouraged to come early and view the items prior to the live bidding. For more information call 886-1234, ext. 2500 or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/art-auction.