Taj Mahal brings star power to KLA First Wave Celebration

More than 1,000 people pulled together to raise money during the KLA First Wave Celebration concert Oct. 9. The Sunday fundraiser was a benefit for the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association, which will use the money to purchase new jet skis and all-terrain vehicles for lifeguard stations around Kaua‘i. Out of the 10 lifeguard stations on Kaua‘i, three of them have jet skis, according to the KLA website.

The First Wave Celebration kicked off in July, hosting various events throughout the summer to raise money and awareness. The campaign culminated at the Oct. 9 concert at Kilohana Plantation.

Comedian and radio personality Augie T kicked off the concert with a live auction and “Joke of the Night” contest. Funnyman Frank De Lima followed, giving away prizes to audience members, and hypnotist Tina Marie tried her craft on a few brave attendees.

In between the jokes and giveaways, Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner John Cruz performed a selection of his popular Hawaiian songs. Musician/surfer Donovan Frankenreiter played songs from his latest effort, “Glow.” Taj Mahal closed out the night as he performed blues music with a Hawaiian twist thanks to his backup, The Hula Blues Band.

Visit www.kauaifirstwave.org for more information about the campaign.

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