Events Hawaii Non-ProfitWritten by Shara Enay On 30 March 2011

Enjoy an evening of good food, live entertainment and fun at a special fundraising event to help the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan, is the beneficiary of a fundraiser called “With Aloha,” which will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Pagoda Hotel. Pagoda and aio, a family of businesses specializing in media, technology, sports and food, are partnering with local businesses and community groups to raise money for the Tohoku University Hospital Japan Relief Fund. (disclaimer: aio is the parent company of Pacific Basin Communications, which owns Hawaii Business magazine.)

Sendai, the coastal city that was hardest hit, is in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan and is the largest city in the Tohoku Region. Since the March 11 disaster, Tohoku University Hospital has been providing food, medicine and comfort items to people in need.

“With Aloha” will feature 24 of Hawaii’s top restaurants, including Le Bistro, Hukilau Honolulu, Ryan’s Grill, Honolulu Burger Co., Kincaid’s, Hy’s Steakhouse, Pagoda, Nalo Farms, and Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Anheuser-Busch, Hawaii Nui, Better Brands, Southern Wines, Paradise Beverages and Johnson Brothers, among others, will also be participating.

Live entertainment will be provided by top local musicians, such as Natural Vibes, Brother Noland, Kaala Boys, Juke Joint, and more. There will also be a crane-making booth and silent auction. KCCN (Cox Radio) will broadcast live from the event.

Free parking will be available at the Pacific Guardian Center on the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and Keeaumoku Street and at HMSA on Keeaumoku.

Tickets to “With Aloha” fundraiser are $50 ($60 at the door). For more information, visit www.withaloha.org.

Monetary donations to “Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund” can be made online at www.withaloha.org, or can also be mailed to: 1000 Bishop Street, Ste. 610, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Checks should be made payable to “Tohoku Hospital Japan Relief Fund.”

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Shara Enay

Shara Enay is a writer for Hawaii Business magazine. She is a graduate of Kaimuki High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling and watching UH sports.

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