By Wayne Harada
Aerial view of "Kokua for Japan" telethon at Hilton's Garden Lawn: Another disaster relief fund-raiser will be held Dec. 15, this time for "Kokua for the Philippines." — Hilton photo.
Hawaii’s visitor, entertainment and media community will come together again to stage a “Kokua for the Philippines” fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to raise disaster relief funds for the embattled Typhoon Haiyan victims on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
With the template set from the similar April 10, 2011 beachfront effort to raise hopes and monies for the Japan tsunami victims, the Philippines endeavor again will assemble entertainers (yet to be named), a string of participating radio and TV stations, print media and the community of volunteers.
It’s yet another generous dose of the aloha spirit and a measure of helping our neighbors from afar, as a result of yet another natural disaster. The kokua telethon is a worthy effort despite of the unstable economy and other prevailing challenges; when another global nation with strong ties to Hawaii is in need, Hawaii answers the call.
The program will be broadcast live on radio, TV and the Internet, and monies raised will be earmarked for the American Red Cross, though other non-profiit community fundraising efforts may join the effort and their contributions will be tallied in the telethon total.
“The people of Hawaii are so intertwined with our Pacific neighbors in the Philippines, that stepping up and supporting tem during this time of great need is simply the rightthing to do,” said Chuck Cotton, vice president and general manager of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment/Hawaii, in a statement. “Some of Hawaii’s top entertainers will be coming together for an afternoon of songs, laughter and inspiration.”
“The peole of the Philipines continue to be in our thoughts and prayers,” said Bob Barlow, president of Oceanic Time Warner Cable. “We’re so pleased to be involved in an event such as this that will bring together the people of Hawaii to raise much-needed funds for the typhoon victims.”
A total of $1.6 million was raised for Japan when the likes of Henry Kapono, Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Johnson performed for the cause.
Clear Channel personalities will participate and Oceanic will provide TV production, with additional support from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Producers from Ohana Broadcast Co., Kapono Inc. and Island Film Group will oversee the production.
TV stations set to air the show, in part or in entirety, include KFVE, KGMB, KHNL, KHON2, KIKU, KITV4 and Hawaii News Now. Radio participants include KSSK 92.3 FM, KSSK AM 590, and Island 985, and those with mobile devices can hear the telecast via the iHeartRadio app.
The show will be streamed live at the event website, www.kokuaforthephilippines.com.
A bank of volunteers will man the phones to accept pledges.
Non-profits interested in participating should contact Cotton via email at email@example.com.
For updates, visit the project’s website.