You don’t want to miss this concert if you’re in Oahu or Maui at the beginning of December. “Yessah: Iam Tongi Returns to Hawaii” on Dec. 9 at the 7,000-seat Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. On Maui, he will be appearing on December 12-13 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Iam Tongi, originally from Oahu, is distinguished as the first individual with Hawaiian connections to clinch the American Idol title. His clear voice, captivating life story, and songwriting talent have won over the show’s judges and many fans. He became a star rapidly, particularly after his audition video went viral online. His rise in the music world has been truly remarkable. Exuding a genuine aloha spirit, Tongi now stands alongside other iconic figures from Hawaii who have left an indelible mark on the global stage in the 21st Century.
Helping to Heal Maui
The inaugural Hawaiian and Pacific Islander victor of “American Idol”, Tongi, has been harnessing his newfound fame to aid those impacted by the wildfires in Maui. He recently serenaded the audience of “Good Morning America” with a touching tribute. He urged his followers to educate themselves about trustworthy organizations for donations and to also keep Maui in their prayers.
On his debut tour, Tongi has revealed plans to extend his performances to the East Coast in October and November. On September 9th, he’s set to take the stage at California’s Holo Holo Music Festival. This year, the festival emphasizes supporting two notable Hawaii-focused nonprofits: the Hawaiian Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund and the Chef Hui Maui Relief Fund, as highlighted by American Songwriter magazine.