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Saturday’s sold-out concert to aid disaster relief

POIPU — Local musicians are putting on a concert with 100 percent of the net proceeds directed to the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, as well as other local organizations committed to the disaster relief.

The benefit show, Kokua For Kauai, will take place Saturday, May 12 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club and feature Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Paula Fuga, Makana and other special guests.

It is sold out.

This concert was sparked by local musicians and community leaders who are passionate about spreading aloha and helping the people of Kauai get back to normal life. Frankenreiter, a Kauai resident and musician, called his friend, Johnson, to help put on a benefit show for the community. Local promoter BAMP Project jumped on board to coordinate the event, and several more musicians and local businesses have rallied together to host a night to raise money and lift the spirits of the locals who have been through so much.

This storm will be remembered for years to come, not only for the damaging flood waters, but also for the way people have joined together to support the impacted families and communities.

The Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund was established, with support from Pierre and Pam Omidyar, to provide immediate assistance including emergency provisions, shelter and healthcare, as well as ongoing support to stabilize communities and rebuild. Within the first 24 hours, grants were distributed to local organizations who are bringing immediate relief to impacted communities, including assistance to residents who have been displaced from their homes or cut-off from receiving basic necessities including medical supplies, food and water.

HCF is waiving administrative fees on the fund for the first three months so that more funds are available to address critical needs. Grants are continuing to be distributed based on daily conversations with Kauai nonprofits, HCF staff and the county to identify immediate needs.

This will be a plastic-free show, and organizers are making every effort to eliminate single-use plastics backstage and at all concessions. All beverages will be served in cans, all serveware will be compostable, and no single-use plastic water bottles will be sold onsite. Instead fans can bring in their own empty, reusable water bottles or cups to refill at the Menehune Water refill stations. Recycling and zero-waste stations will also be located around the venue and coordinated by Zero Waste Kauai.

Doors open at 4 p.m., and show starts at 5 p.m. Info: www.bampproject.com, www.seetickets.us.

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John Steinhorst, reporter, can be reached at 245-0435 or jsteinhorst@thegardenisland.com.

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