After a decade of bartending and traveling the world, with her International Studies BA in pocket, Dania Mossman (owner + founder) returned home to Hawaii, ready to start something she could call her own! She decided to mix up some fun, fresh island cocktails in O`ahu's event scene, which led to the launch of Tropical Moon as a cocktail catering company. She quickly fell in love with so many facets of the creative world of weddings and events and with her knack for DETAIL, ORGANIZATION, and DESIGN. Tropical Moon Events has since then grown to become a full-service planning, coordination, bar and waitstaff company. 

Having now served O`ahu since 2011, Tropical Moon Events (planning/coordination) and Star Bar Hawaii (bar/waitstaff), have earned a reputation for high-end service with a focus in ho`okipa (hospitality).

We've grown our team of talented coordinators and planners to help serve couples near and far.  Our brilliant team's main goal is to make planning fun and STRESS-FREE, and create incredible, MEMORABLE events in Hawaii. We invite you to learn a little about each of our team members strengths and passions below!

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our humble beginnings

Founder + lead Consultant

Dania mossman

- I'm originally from the North Shore of Oahu, but I've travelled the world over and lived in all the coldest places!
- I'm a singer and my husband is a drummer.  When I'm not at weddings or being "mom" at home I'm singing with the band!
- I love stationary!  A blank page and colored markers provide limitless possibilities... 

I'm a problem solver and I thrive on challenges.  Where there's a will, there's always a way!  

Weddings are amazing in so many regards.  Getting to be a part of a monumental event in someone's life, working with so many talented creatives and entrepreneurs, and seeing it all come together in an epic, magical experience is a constant source of inspiration for me! 




- I think I'm the only person who has been married on the ice, in ice skates - IN HAWAII! 
- I’m a huge movie buff - I can recite movies word for word, even with the sound OFF!
- Due to my height, I usually don’t meet the requirements to ride roller coasters. Which is okay, cause I’m afraid of heights! 

Being over-prepared! Let's face it, things happen.  When I'm prepared, and over-prepared, I’m able to tackle just about any situation that comes up!

I'm a hopeless romantic and a planner by nature, and I love seeing people happy.  Assisting couples in making their special day come to life,  allowing them to share memories that will last a lifetime for them, their family and friends is a great joy and inspiration for me.  We all need more happiness & great memories!



star planner + senior consultant

Darcie Wharton-Gongob

our team

"find a group of people who challenge & inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever"

- Amy Poehler


leila frishak

star planner + marketing manager

-I am originally from Seattle, but found my soulmate in Hawai`i!
-I am an oil painter and recently had my first real art show.
-I have paraglided, swam with sharks, gone skydiving, cave diving, white water river rafting, love all things adventurous!

My passion for weddings and events began in college, where I worked weekends as a banquet server. I quickly discovered how much I enjoyed being a part of such a special and intimate experience from start to finish. Fast forward 10 years, and I have now worked for wedding planners, caterers, florists, and managed some of the top venues on O`ahu. 
My wedding superpower is my ability to improvise. Sometimes things can go wrong; you may forget items, there could be unexpected traffic, etc. One time, my couple forgot to purchase table numbers, so I grabbed some extra ti leaf from the florist, and wrote the table numbers on them in gold sharpie! If there is an unforeseen issue, I thrive on the challenge of finding a creative solution so that you will never know that there was a hiccup.




brenda albanese

star planner




-I’m originally from Boston “GO SOX!".
-I've been a Professional Makeup Artist and Hairstylist for almost 2 decades.
-I have Heterochromia aka two different colored eyes - Blue & Brown!

My EXTREME attention to detail - Im on it!! From all your decor items down to the timing of your speeches. I’m known for my very thorough timelines and I’m great at keeping weddings on track and running smoothly. And of course, if you ever have any hair or makeup issues, I got you covered! 

I absolutely LOVE WEDDINGS!! I love that all the wedding I have planned are so different & unique and how they truly represent my clients personalities. It keeps me inspired and excited when a new client comes my way!! Helping people bring their DREAM wedding vision to life, is the number one reason why I love the wedding industry and being a planner!!


star coordinator

After college, I spent 6 months backpacking across Europe, visiting 14 countries. 
During my free time, I love creating stained glass pieces and am an aspiring potter. 
For years, I worked as a professional organizer!

Growing up, I always wanted to be an interior designer. I love existing in beautiful spaces that make you feel welcome and cozy. Having worked in restaurants the majority of my adult life, I realized how much of an impact I could make by creating unforgettable experiences for people. Putting those passions together, weddings were a no-brainer. I love taking such a special day, and ensuring that it is everything the couple envisions and more. 

I'm a sponge. At every wedding I've attended or worked, I've learned and absorbed. I've seen what can go wrong, what can go right, what questions to ask, and how to over-prepare for complications along the way. No detail is too small! 




"Having Dania on my team while I planned my Hawaiian destination wedding was one of the best decisions I could've made from the mainland."

Let's get together! 

Photo Credits

All Photos | 

Christine Sadoy