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Boys and Their Toys Drive

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ManoaDNA to host their fourth annual toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. As each year comes to a close, most families begin preparations for the holidays by planning dinners, making travel arrangements, or shopping for gifts. Not ManoaDNA. The family from Manoa has been busy planning their annual toy drive benefiting the Kaneohe Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. And this year, they are planning their biggest drive yet.

On Friday, December 21st, the fourth annual "Boys & Their Toys" toy drive will be held at Gordon Biersch Restaurant in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the night will feature music from ManoaDNA, Alx Kawakami, and Kapala, while great prizes will be raffled off by emcee Billy V. from Hawaiian 105 KINE. Every toy & dollar donated throughout the toy drive will go directly to the foundation benefiting local children.

This year, the group is setting their goals high. "Last year, we donated over $3,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots," said ManoaDNA member Alx Kawakami. "Growing up, we were very blessed to have toys under our tree Christmas morning. It makes us very proud that we have this opportunity to give that experience to other kids around the island. Hopefully this year, with everyone's help, we can eclipse last year's total."

While the result of the toy drive will be felt throughout the holidays, the night-of will be filled with music, food, and games for each attendee. "This year, with help from Hawaiian Airlines" Alx said, "We will be giving away a trip for two to the mainland! Hopefully, this with our other equally great prizes will encourage people to donate lots of toys." The group will also be hosting carnival-style games, a red carpet, and Gordon Biersch will be giving $5 in Biersch bucks to each donator.

"We've stepped up our game this year and, with the help of our friends, have created a night I hope everyone will enjoy," added Dad, Lloyd Kawakami.

The group is asking for new, unwrapped toy donations only. To donate a toy before the 21st, collection bins will be available at select NAPA stores and IOLANI on Kona Street (1234 Kona St., second floor). Otherwise, toys will be collected through the group's website (<http://www.manoadna.com>), and at Gordon Biersch on the 21st. For more information, visit ManoaDNA.com or call IOLANI on Kona Street at (808) 593-4520.

"We know there are a lot of responsibilities throughout the holidays and a lot of people asking for help," said organizer Nick Kawakami. "Whether it's with our cause or someone else's, we hope you choose to make a difference. However, if you do choose our cause, I can promise you'll have a good time." ManoaDNA is a local acoustic musical group consisting of father (Lloyd Kawakami) & two sons (Nick & Alx). They have been touring the world since 2005, and currently have three weekly gigs in Waikiki with regular tours to Japan.

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