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Maui Ola benefit concert brings musicians from throughout Hawaiʻi together to support the Valley Isle

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Event producers, musical artists, celebrities and community leaders aim to garner the attention and financial support of local, national and international audiences. (Courtesy photo)

Musicians on various islands will participate in “Maui Ola: A Benefit Concert for Maui,” a live concert and broadcast fundraiser, where 100% of proceeds will support Maui’s severely impacted communities, through donation portals, including Maui United Way, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Hawaiʻi People’s Fund and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

Event producers, musicians, celebrities and community leaders aim to garner the attention and financial support of local, national and international audiences. 

So far, the lineup of musicians donating their time and talent includes Hawaiian Style Band, Pure Heart, Jerry Santos, Raiatea Helm, Paula Fuga, Kimie Miner, Anuhea, Del Beazley, the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and a variety of musicians and cultural practitioners with meaningful ties to Maui.

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The live broadcast begins at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 20) and will be available on an unprecedented number of broadcast platforms, including mele.com; TV stations KGMB, KHNL KFVE, KHNL, KITV, KIKU, KHII, KHON, PBS Hawaiʻi; a variety of radio stations including 92.3 KSSK, Island 98.5, Hawaiian 105 KINE, KCCN FM100, KQMQ, HI93 FM, KAPA Hawaiian FM, KPUA 670 AM, KWXX 94.7 FM, KAOY 101.5 FM, KNWB 97.1 FM, KMWB 93.1, CBS 1500; and other partner websites including hawaiinewsnow.com, ESPN Honolulu and Honolulu Magazine.

Kalohe Kai (Courtesy photo)

There also will be two in-person events, including one on the Big Island.

Performances are planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. No tickets are necessary, but those who attend are asked to bring beach chairs, mats or blankets to sit on. The Waimea Community Association also advises those who attend to park at either Church Row Park or Kalani Schutte District Park and use the shuttle to the Parker Ranch Center.

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The other in-person event will take place at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets are now available at mauiola.org.

“Everyone has an important and worthy contribution in our collective effort to bring comfort to our families on Maui,” said co-producer and executive director of Kāhuli Leo Leʻa, Zachary Lum. “In normal circumstances, the production and creative media industries are usually synonymous with entertainment. But in times of need, we have a very different contribution- we deliver urgent messages quickly and broadly. In the case of Maui Ola, our message is ‘support Maui,’ and we aim to deliver it worldwide.”

Hawaiian Style Band (Courtesy photo)
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“So many ‘ohana have been tremendously impacted by the tragic wildfires,” said community leader Tiare Lawrence, who also manages the popular social media account Kākoʻo Haleakalā.  “Maui Ola is a beautiful way for their urgent needs to be met. We feel the aloha that has gone into this effort.”

Maui Ola is made possible by the in-kind contributions and collaborations of countless community organizations focused on providing relief to Maui residents impacted by recent wildfires. Learn more about this event by visiting www.mauiola.org

To donate now, visit www.mauiunitedway.org, www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong, www.hawaiipeoplesfund.org or www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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