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Local musicians come together to help Dennis Kamakahi's fight against cancer

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MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

More than a dozen local entertainers came together on Monday in a benefit event that sought to help a fellow musician with his fight against cancer.

Musicians Mark Yamanaka, Raiatea Helm, Waipuna and Nathan Aweau were among the acts who performed at the fundraiser -- held at the Willows -- to benefit legendary slack key musician Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on March 10, after being admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.

"He didn't flinch," said his son, David Kamakahi. "He was totally fearless about it. He was like, 'Hope, we're gonna fight it.'"

Kamakahi, one of Hawaii's most celebrated musicians and songwriters, is best known for compositions like "Wahine 'Ilikea," "Kōke'e" and "Pua Hone." 

The event -- emceed by Hawaii News Now's Ben Gutierrez and Hawaii 105 KINE's Billy V and Mele Apana -- included a dinner, concert and silent auction featuring rare collectibles from Kamakahi's personal music collection. The Willows agreed to donate 20 percent of the price of each buffet meal sold during the event to the fund. 

Those who would like to make contributions to that fund can make a monetary gift to "The Rev. Dennis Kamakahi Fund" at any Bank of Hawaii branch. All proceeds will help pay for Kamakahi's medical costs. 

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