Members of the local Hawaiian music community will come together on April 6th, 2014 to throw an all-day benefit concert, Ola Ka Hā, to raise money for ‘Iolani Palace. The event is being organized by singer Mailani Makainai and kumu hula Kaui Dalire of Hā Enterprises, in conjunction with the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, with proceeds going towards the preservation of the official royal residence for the Hawaiian monarchy. Alarmed by the recent vandalism to one of ‘Iolani Palace’s original 19th century doors, Makainai and Dalire were inspired to create an event that would bring the community together.
“The Palace is such a treasure to all of us, especially for Hawaiians”, said Makainai. “We want to put on an event that will highlight the good things about our history, create momentum and combat negativity.” Ola Ka Hā, which means the essence of the Hawaiian people lives on, will feature a who’s who of Hawaiian musicians and dancers. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace will be accepted throughout the event. ‘Iolani Palace Executive Director Kippen de Alba Chu said, “More than 115,000 people visit the Palace every year, so the awareness and funds raised by this event will make a huge difference in helping us in sharing the Palace with more locals, especially the Hawaiian community”.
What: Ola Ka Ha: Benefit to Aid ‘Iolani Palce
When: April 6,[masked]:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: ‘Iolani Palace at 364 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
The line-up includes Hawaiian musicians Mailani, Jerry Santos, Teresa Bright, Weldon Kekauoha, Sean Na’auao, Waipuna and Hu‘ewa alongside hula hālau from across the islands. Ola Ka Hā will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
--- Note from Amanda ---- Since this is an all day event, I am not sure what time I will make it there. I am projecting to be there at 1:00 pm with my boyfriend Tom. We would love to meet and mingle with you!
Please feel free to organized your own meeting times and places if my time doesnt work for you. I will confirm on Friday.