The Kokua for Japan concert was a massive success yesterday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa. The concert that was put together to raise money for the devastation in Japan generated $1.6 million in ticket, food and t-shirt sales. All the money will be donated to help the relief efforts for the people devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan around a month ago. The money will also be used towards helping with the continuing problems at the nuclear power station.
“Kokua for Japan was truly a labor of love to show our care and concern for the people of Japan,” Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, said in a statement late yesterday afternoon. “We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support that Hawaii’s people have shown today. Their compassion will give strength to humanitarian efforts in Japan as we help them recover from this terrible tragedy. We want to thank everyone involved in this event for their wonderful contribution to the cause of humanity.”
The concert was wildly successful thanks to the hard work of many individuals. The lineup of entertainers included a lot of big names such as:
- Brothers Cazimero
- Na Leo
- Society of Seven
- Jack Johnson
- Mick Fleetwood
- Willie Nelson
- And more
All 2,700 seats were sold out for yesterday’s daylong concert, which was broadcast live on local radio and television stations, streamed live on the Web and also broadcast on Japanese radio.
Other concert and fundraising events out of our islands have also been successful in raising a substantial amount of money for the recovery efforts in Japan. There are still more coming, including Japan Aid which will be held April 16th at Loft in Space (Fresh Café)