Domo arigato (thank you very much) to everyone who attended the “With Aloha” Japan fundraiser at the Pagoda Restaurant and banquet facilities.
The April 9 fundraiser was a tremendous success because of YOU! There were 2,300 guests, including visitors to Hawaii, who enjoyed the delicious food, refreshing beverages and live entertainment.
We would also like to thank all of the restaurants, businesses, organizations, media groups and the countless number of volunteers who came out in full force to share their Aloha with us.
“There was so much food and drink, thanks to the generosity of the restaurants, beverage and food suppliers, that the food lines were almost nonexistent,” says John Heckathorn of HONOLULU Magazine. “And the food, spread out over five levels, was nothing but fun.”
The sold-out event generated more than $150,000 in donations. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Tohoku University Hospital’s Japan Relief Fund. Since the disaster hit, Tohoku University Hospital has been providing food, medicine and comfort items to people in need from the surrounding areas.
“(The April 9th event) was a testament that miracles can happen when talented and passionate people are committed to something larger than ourselves,” says Duane Kurisu, chairman and CEO of aio. “What we’ve all accomplished together as a team will continue on as miracles through the efforts of Tohoku University Hospital and their outreach efforts in all the community clinics that they serve. Thank you everybody for allowing me to participate with you in such a noble effort.”
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and for sharing their spirit of Aloha with those in Japan.
We greatly appreciate everyone’s time, donations (monetary, food, beverages and silent auction items!) and, most importantly, your sincere commitment to help support this community-inspired fundraiser by purchasing a ticket to the event. With Aloha!
Check out HONOLULU Magazine’s review of the event in John Heckathorn’s “Biting Commentary” column. Click here to read more.
Missed the Event? Donations Still Accepted
If you missed Saturday’s fundraiser and would still like to make a contribution, online donations are still being accepted. Click here to donate online.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund
1000 Bishop St., Suite 610
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Checks should be made payable to the “Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund.” Mahalo!
Solar for Japan Giveaway
One $15,000 PV system will be awarded! Click here for more info.
On Saturday, April 9, aio and Pagoda Restaurant organized a community event to raise funds for the victims of Japan's tsunami and earthquake disaster.
Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Pagoda Restaurant and Banquet Facilities
Admission: $50 pre-sale, $60 at the door
"...With Aloha" is a community inspired movement to promote the spirit of collaboration. Our goal is to stimulate the many individuals and organizations of all sizes to work together with a common goal of giving back ...With Aloha.
Our hope is to generate a ground swell of community support through the mass efforts of many, to fulfill a common goal of providing immediate support for the victims of Japan's tsunami and earthquake disaster. For more information, visit With Aloha.
The With Aloha Japan fundraiser featured:
- Food booths from 24 restaurants, including Le Bistro, Pagoda, Hukilau Honolulu, Honolulu Burger Co., Ryan's Grill, Kincaid's, Hy's Steakhouse, Nalo Farms and Murphy's Bar and Grill.
- Live local entertainment on three different stages by Brother Noland, Juke Joint, Ka'ala boys, Natural Vibes, HAPA, Rock Steady, Shinnyo-Taiko Group and others.
- Wine and beer tasting stations by Anheuser Busch, Hawaii Nui, Better Brands, Southern Wines, Paradise Beverages, Kona Brewing Co. and Johnson Brothers.
- Crane making booth
- Silent auction
- Solar for Japan PV Give Away - One $15,000 PV system will be awarded!
Make a Donation: Missed the fundraiser? Donations can be mailed to:
With Aloha, c/o Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund
1000 Bishop Street, Suite 610, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Checks should be made payable to the "Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund"
Where are the proceeds going to?
100% of the proceeds will go to Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai. The epicenter of the quake was 45 miles east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. Since the disaster hit, Tohoku University Hospital has been providing food, medicine and comfort items to people in need from the surrounding areas.