Willie Nelson to perform at “Kokua for Japan” fundraising event in Honolulu (April 10, 2011)

 Willie Nelson performs May 22, 2010 at Charley’s in Maui, Hawaii. (photo:  Jessica Pearl)


Maui resident Willie Nelson has been added to the all-star lineup performing at “Kokua for Japan,” a fund raising event for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The event, staged by Clear Channel Radio Hawaii and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will take place at the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts.   The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is also a sponsor of this event.

All entertainers, on-air personalities, and event producers are donating their time for the program.

Nelson will join previously announced entertainers including: Henry Kapono with special guests Michael McDonald and Mick Fleetwood, Loretta Ables Sayre, The Brothers Cazimero, Cecilio & Kapono, Kalapana, Cecilio & Kompany, Amy Hanaiali‘i; Na Leo, John Cruz, Natural Vibrations, Manoa DNA, Robi Kahakalau; Mailani Makainai, Taimane Gardner, Go Jimmy Go, Jerry Santos, the Gregg Hammer Band, and Kenny Endo’s taiko group.

Tickets are available for $15 via Honolulu Box Office, either charge-by-phone at 808-550-8457 or online at www.honoluluboxoffice.com.

“Kokua for Japan” will also be simulcast on KFVE, KGMB, KHNL, KITV, and OC16, plus radio stations AM940, Island 985, KCCN-FM 100, KHVH-AM, Hawaiian 105 KINE-FM, KSSK 92.3 FM, and KSSK-AM 590. In addition, Clear Channel Radio Hawaii, OC16 and KITV will stream the event live on their respective websites.

For information, visit www.kokuaforjapan.com or contact KSSK FM at 296-9292, KSSK AM at 296-5959, KHVH 830 AM at 521-8383, or Island 985 FM at 296-9850.

In addition to the “Kokua for Japan” concert, the following benefit events are also scheduled:

» “Eat the Street for Japan” food truck and street rally from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday will benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. The event will take place at the Kamehameha Schools’ parking lot at 555 South St. Vendors include Zarie’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Elena’s Filipino Foods, Sweet Leilani Treats, T.A.S.T.E. (Tasty Asian Style Taco Eatery), Xtreme Tacos, Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican, Why’z. Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii, Malia’s Pasteles and Poke, Gogi Korean Tacos, Baja Style Mexican Food, Hawaii Hot Dogs, Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Camille’s on Wheels, Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle, Hula Shrimp Company, Fairycakes, Four Caterers, Local Stop, Jus’ Right Kettle Corn Popcorn, Summer’s LavaDogs, Onopops, Simply Ono, Melt, Dixie Grill, Tacos Vicente and Shogunai Tacos. The event is organized by streetgrindz.com.

» “Beachfront Aloha for Japan” will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Beach Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue, with entertainment by Palani Vaughn, Bruce Shimabukuro, Johnny Helm, Jeremy Hirokawa, juggler Greg Gabaylo and others. Highlights include massage and nail stations, food booths and a silent auction. All donations collected will benefit the Aloha for Japan relief effort.

» Donations will be accepted for the Aloha for Japan Fund at the Taste of Marukai event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7 at Marukai Wholesale Mart, Dillingham (2310 Kamehameha Highway), featuring specialty dishes by Nobu Waikiki, samples of more than 50 sake, live entertainment and more, $95. Proceeds benefit the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Tickets available online at www.marukaihawaii.com.

»?The Dragon Upstairs is hosting a classical music night and fundraiser for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims at 8:30 p.m. April 8. Performing will be pianist Yoko Matsui and vocalist Takamasa Yamanura. There is a $10 cover charge. The Dragon Upstairs is located at 1038 Nuuanu Ave.; call 526-1410.

» Twenty-four restaurants, including Le Bistro, Pagoda, Hukilau Honolulu, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, and Hy’s Steakhouse, are collaborating to raise funds for Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan. The “With Aloha” event will be held at Pagoda Hotel from 5 to 9 p.m. April 9, with a crane-making booth, silent auction, wine and beer tasting stations and entertainment by Brother Noland, Juke Joint nd Ka‘ala Boys. Tickets are available at www.withaloha.org for $50, or $60 at the door. Monetary donations can be made online or by mail to: Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund, 1000 Bishop St., Suite 610, Honolulu 96813. Checks should be made payable to:?Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund.

» The weekly Pakele Live! Hawaiian music series with Tony Solis is hosting a series of benefit concerts to aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Concerts will be held 6 p.m Thursdays through April 14 at the Willows Restaurant. Coming up on Thursday are Kainani Kahaunaele, the Jeff Teves Quartet, and Jon Yamasato with David Kamakahi. The nightly menu and a la carte menu will be available during the concert. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will be donated to Japan relief organizations. Call 952-9200.

» The group Aloha Moms are organizing a walk for Oahu’s keiki, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross Fund for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. The Keiki Walk for Japan starts at 8:30 a.m. April 9, at the Mililani High School track. The activities will be divided into a 25-meter “diaper dash” or a one-mile keiki walk. Cash donations will be collected on-site. To register, call 540-845-7443 or email alohamomsgroup@gmail.com.

» The Hawaii Youth Symphony will host a benefit concert 4 p.m. April 10, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall for Aloha for Japan/American Red Cross disaster relief efforts, featuring award-winning artists, guest musicians and singers. In lieu of an admission fee, HYS is asking attendees to make a donation, with all proceeds collected at the concert going to relief efforts. Themed “Collaborative Collage,” HYS’ Youth Symphony I will play with guest performers the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Utah’s award-winning pianist Michael Stewart, who recently received top honors at the Aloha International Piano Festival. World-class pianist Lisa Nakamichi will also perform and will speak about the devastation in Japan while she was there. Honolulu Symphony Concertmaster Iggy Jang will also be a guest violin soloist during the world premiere of “Liu-Si,” written by HYS alumnus Michael Thomas-Foumai. Tickets are free but required for entry and are available through the Blaisdell Center box office. Call 591-2211.

» The Halekulani and Nobu Waikiki have joined to present the menus of three acclaimed chefs in a culinary benefit on April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “For Japan — Culinary Artists for the Japan Relief Effort” will feature Halekulani Executive Chef Vikram Garg, and chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Yuji Wakiya. Garg will present a “Neo-Classic Indian Cuisine” menu, Matsuhisa “Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine,” and Wakiya “Haute Chinese Cuisine.” Donations are $95 per person, with all of the proceeds going towards the statewide initiative “Aloha for Japan,” with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii as the designated recipient benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society. For reservations, call 931-5040.

» Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will donate $50 from each $150 omakase to a Japan-based relief organization through an international fundraiser with his 26 global Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants. The omakase includes toro tartar with oysters; seared kanpachi sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing; roasted lobster with shisho-garlic butter; wagyu beef with foie gras and truffle-soy reduction; sushi; miso soup and a dessert trio. Call 237-6999 for reservations.

»?“Kokua Japan” T-shirts can be purchased at all Foodland and Sack N Save Stores. Cost is $15, with all proceeds donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Japan. The shirt was designed by Foodland’s in-house creative department. T-shirts can also be ordered online at www.foodland.com. A matching gifts program is also conducted at the checkouts. Foodland and Western Union will match donations up to $150,000.

» “Aloha for Japan” T-shirts are being sold at HiLife/ButiGroove Hawaii (500 Piikoi St.); Fitted Hawaii (1438 Kona St., #B); In4mation locations, (Ward Warehouse and Pearlridge); Aloha Army (226 Lewers St.) and Barefoot League (880 Kapahulu Avenue). T-shirts cost $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Hawaii Red Cross to support victims in Japan.

» Honolulu-based photographer, Zachary Purcell is donating 20 percent of his sales to the American Red Cross-Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami efforts through April 15. Purcell shoots still photos throughout Oahu and Maui, focusing largely on nature, landscapes and cityscapes. His photos may be purchased at www.zachpurcell.com.

» Safeway customers can make donations at all check stands using cash, checks or credit cards. The company will make a $100,000 donation and match all employee contributions.

» Whole Foods Market customers can make pledges of any amount at the Kahala and Kahului stores to benefit American Red Cross Japan disaster relief fund. Call 738-0820.

» Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is contributing funds to UNICEF and the American Red Cross to support the relief efforts in Japan. Hotel guests can donate their Starpoints to the American Red Cross. Visit www.starwoodhotelshawaii.com or www.facebook.com/StarwoodHawaii.

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