10th annual Kauai Sings Christmas Cheer events benefits Malama Pono Health Services

LIHUE — Local singer Dhyana Dunville feels grateful to offer her talents to events that support overall well-being of the community.

Dunville is among 25 artists who will perform in the 10th annual Kauai Sings Christmas Cheer, a fundraiser at Kilohana tonight benefiting Malama Pono Health Services.

“It’s definitely a platform for the community to learn about the services that Malama Pono offers,” Dunville said. “It’s a way to get the community together to enjoy the aspects of Christmas.”

Rob Anderson, Malama Pono Health Services chief operating officer, said the event is oftentimes more of a “friendraiser than as a fundraiser.” “It helps us get more information out to the community as well as raise funds at the same time,” Anderson said.

Aside from Malama Pono’s usual HIV/AIDS programs, the fundraiser is supporting new programs like a women’s wellness program, smoking cessation and a fatherhood program.

“The Native American Fatherhood and Families Association is a 12-week course teaching men of all ages to be better people, better partners, better fathers,” Anderson said. The event brings together some of the best singers on the island for solos, duets and group numbers, said Jason Blake, Kauai Sings Christmas Cheer producer. “We really want it to be a way for people to shove off the election,” he said. “We thought, ‘Hey, let’s give people a break for one night.’” Since the concert began a decade ago, it has raised about $250,000. “We’re really grateful. There’s probably 200 people that come to every Kauai Sings,” he said. “We have a very loyal audience.”

Kauai Sings begins at 7 p.m. at Kilohana Luau Pavilion. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Info: (808) 246-9577 or www.kauaisings.com.

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