Community shows ‘friendship and aloha’ for a local man with Lou Gehrig’s disease

The wedding lawn at the Prince Golf course has been transformed into a garden party setting for the Friendship and Aloha Concert and Auction Fund-raiser event. Entertainers Pancho Graham, Michael Ohlen and Friends, Vic and the Victims, Mike Smith and Friends and Kenny Emerson will all perform, with festivities starting at noon.

Proceeds benefit the Melody and John James ‘ohana. John James suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and the funds raised will help him fight it.

They’ve turned the event into a major endeavor. For the keiki there will be a bounce-around provided by Guardian Angels’ Inflatables, Fun and Kwazy Rides, Amazing Marko the Juggler, face painting and a few other treats.

For holiday shoppers, the silent auction features selections of art, jewelry, antiques, gifts and packages from local restaurants, luxury resorts, shops and craftsmen.

Sports fans will likely be the most excited by the event’s array of goodies. The Irons brothers stepped up by donating more than 25 pieces of surf gear including hats, shoes and autographed surf boards. Local surf shops jumped in with board bags and activities ranging from kayaking to private Na Pali Coast charters for 16.

In between sets from each band, a live auction will allow participants to bid on a specially selected item. When the final gavel falls at 3 p.m., lucky shoppers will walk away with a surfboard signed by three-time World Champion surfer Andy Irons or the PGA’s commemorative plaque, which includes the flag from the 18th hole of the 2005 Grand Slam of Golf signed by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Michael Campbell.

Throughout the day, a Steinlager Beer Garden will offer shoppers a break from the action. With each ticket purchased, shoppers receive free chili and rice or hot dog.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and up and free for keiki under 10. Tickets are available at Hanalei Music and Video, Hanalei Surf Company, the Princeville Chevron, Princeville Health Spa and the North Shore Pharmacy in Kilauea. Tickets will also be available at the door — just follow the signs at the Princeville Clubhouse.

For more information or to help defray the costs associated with John’s treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease, contact 826-5030.

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