Aloha Concert for Hawaii and Japan

Published: Apr. 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some of Hawaii's hottest musicians are teaming up for a benefit concert to raise money for Japan disaster relief. The Aloha Concert for Hawaii and Japan will be held on Sunday April 24, 2011 from 3-8 pm at the Manoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson and drummer von Baron joined Howard in studio Tuesday morning.

Entertainment will include, among others, Manoa DNA, Pali, the Kawika Trask Trio, the Satomi Yarimizo Trio featuring DeShannon Higa, Brother Noland, Kanoe Miller, Pali, Pua Ali`i `Ilima, Cathy Foy Mahi, Paul Shimomoto & The Hawaiian Jazz Ensemble, and the von Baron Band.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and admission is $15 which includes $5 drink/food scripts. All proceeds will go to support victims of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and Hawaii; specifically, The Daughters of Hawaii and Ashinaga of Japan.

Organizers include PA'I foundation (, the non-profit organization of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, the halau hula founded by kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine, local entertainers Paul Shimomoto and von Baron, with major sponsorship from Foodland Supermarkets and Marian's Catering.

The Daughters of Hawai'i ( was founded in 1903 by seven women who were daughters of American Protestant missionaries. They were born in Hawai'i, were citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom before annexation, and foresaw the inevitable loss of much of the Hawaiian culture. They founded the organization "to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawai'i and of historic facts, and to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language." Among their many contributions, the Daughters of Hawai'i have been instrumental in the restoration of Hulihe`e Palace in Kailua-Kona. Hulihe'e Palace recently suffered damage as a result of the Tohoku Tsunani, just 2 short years after reopening in September 2009 after receiving a $1.5 million renovation to repair damage suffered in the October 2007 earthquake.

Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years has been providing education-focused financial and emotional support to children who have a parent/guardian with a serious disability, or who have lost one or both parents/guardians due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Ashinaga has responded to the tragic events of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami by implementing measures such as relief payments for children who have lost parents/guardians in the disaster, or who have a parent/guardian with a severe disability resulting from the disaster.

All entertainment, sound and lighting equipment and the performance hall for the "Aloha Concert for Hawaii and Japan" are being donated so that every dollar raised can support those in need. In addition, 50% of all proceeds from food and beverages purchased at the event will also be donated to the relief effort.

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