The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) will hold the Hawaii for Hawaii concert on the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on May 9. The event will benefit Hawaii’s homeless population and feature live performances by some of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians and an online auction. Organizers hope to raise $1 million through the event and auction.

Henry Kapono, John Cruz, and Borther Nolan will perform together as the Rough Riders. It will be their first Oahu performance after a sold-out debut concert on Maui. “Hawaii for Hawaii” will also feature Hapa, Amy Hanaiali’I, Jimmy Borges, Starr Kalahiki, Taimane, and Makana. Every one of them is a Na Hoku Hanohano Award honoree. The event will be hosted by KHNL News reporter Mileka Lincoln, and comedian Kaleo Pilanca.

A “Hawaii for Hawaii” auction begins Saturday, April 10 at biddingforgood.com/Hawaii, with proceeds benefitting the Institute for Human Services, a charity that provides a variety of services to Hawaii’s homeless.

Items to be featured in the online auction will include An Evening with Roy Yamaguchi. The world famous chef will cook dinner for ten in the home of the lucky winner, with wine pairings provided by Southern Wine & Spirits. The auction will end at 6:00pm on Sunday, May 10.
A Wine Connoisseur Getaway will take the auction winner to Sonoma and Napa in California wine country for four nights. The prize includes an extravagant 5-course cask room meal, and other events at four different vineyards and wineries.

HLTA donated $100,000 last year. They’ve pledged another $100,000 this year, and they’re keen to make a difference here in Hawaii.

Partnering with the HLTA for “Hawaii for Hawaii” is the Institute for Human Services, Kapono, Inc., and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. For more information about the “Hawaii for Hawaii” benefit concert, visit www.hawaiiforhawaii.com.

Tickets are $45, available at www.honoluluboxoffice.com.

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