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Local entertainers raise money for victims of natural disasters

Coralie Matayoshi Coralie Matayoshi
Sean Na'auao Sean Na'auao

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many of Hawaii's biggest celebrities came together Sunday to raise money for victims of recent natural disasters.

The event was called "Kokua for the Pacific," a four-hour telethon that aired live on five different stations, including KGMB and K5.

The goal was to help victims of the Samoa tsunami, the typhoons in the Philippines and the earthquake in Indonesia.

The event raised a total of $143,234.

Those involved in Sunday's fundraiser say these regions need all the help they can get.

"They really do need our help. They've suffered terrible tragedies and this is a way for people to give back," said Coralie Matayoshi of the American Red Cross.

"I coach at Palama Scorpions for the Peewee division and there was a lot of families that was affected by it so I'm so grateful to be here along with aunty Melveen Leed along with so many awesome entertainers today," said entertainer Sean Na'auao.

The event was simulcast, not only on TV, but also on Clear Channel Radio and the Internet.

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to distribute to the affected countries.

If you'd like to help, you can still make a donation to www.kokuaforthepacific.com.

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