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Local musicians and singers are giving voice to the blue bird of Twitter in a Twestival on March 24. This year, proceeds are staying in the islands rather than going to global causes.
Twestival began two years ago as an effort to harness the power of social media to do social good, according to organizers. Volunteers in over 45 countries bring their Twitter communities together on a single day in many different types of events. The Honolulu Twestival has contributed over $10,000 to the million dollars raised overall for 137 international causes such as Concern Worldwide and charity:water.
This year Twestival goes local and Hawaii’s contributions will support the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Local organizers say they will encourage donations to support those impacted by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, “but while the global community holds its breath watching the crisis unfold overseas, the need to sustain the local blood supply never subsides.” The Blood Bank of Hawaii assists 11 hospitals on Oahu and 8 on the neighbor islands.
The Hawaii Twestival is an evening of music and entertainment at The Venue in Honolulu. The line up features beatbox and dance performer Jason Tom, singer and dancer Willow Chang, musician and producer Kamuela Kahoano and singer songwriter Emi Hart. There will also be complementary pupus and prizes. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 100% of the ticket sales goes to charity.
While the event appeals to Hawaii’s social media community, you don’t have to be active on Twitter or Facebook to see that this is a good deal. Twestival is made possible by sponsors, including Hawaii Aloha Travel and Farmers Insurance Hawaii, and lots of volunteers. Tickets and more details are available on the website: honolulu.twestival.com
For those planning on attending this year’s Honolulu Twestival but are not locals, check out some Honolulu hotels that are available near the event.