HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii-based classical musicians are teaming up with the renown Chef Chai to stage a benefit event to support response efforts to the Puna lava flow. On Monday, August 13, Chef Chai, in partnership with the Salvation Army, will host a Big Island Benefit Dinner & Concert. Proceeds from this event will go directly to Salvation Army's work in the Puna community.
The event will begin with a special four course dinner with wines, and island music. The concert featuring musicians from the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival (HCMF) and Hawaii International Music Festival (HIMF). Artists will include local, talented ukulele player Given Yagi from Naehu Music and HCMF Founder Chris Yick (bass). HCMF will join forces with HIMF founders Eric Silberger and Amy Shoremount-Obra. Both internationally known, Silberger is a Tchaikovsky prize-winning virtuoso violinist and Shoremount-Obra performs with the Metropolitan Opera as soprano. The program will include classical, opera, and pop masterpieces.
"The Hawaii island represents a lot of cultural and historical significance in our community. Like most people in Hawaii, we see the images of lava and while we are awed by the beauty, we're struck by the desire to help the people who have lost so much," says HCMF Founder Chris Yick. "I know many organizations are helping the relief efforts. We believe that music can help healing and this is our attempt to use music to be of service to the Puna community."
"I admire these young professionals especially Chris Yick who spearheaded help make a different in our community and for people who need our help" said Chef Chai
The Salvation Army has provided over 30,000 meals to families affected by the ongoing Kilauea eruption. Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are at three emergency shelters in the affected area providing financial help, clothing vouchers, emotional and spiritual support to people who have lost their homes.
This benefit event is presented by Chef Chai in collaboration with the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival and Hawaii International Music Festival. The Young's Market and Estate Group will also provide and include a generous donation of fine wines for this special occasion. Tickets are $125 per person with all proceeds benefiting the relief efforts in Puna. For more information, visit chefchai.com OR hawaiicmf.org. For reservations, call (808)-585-0011.