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Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn sets stage for Philippines benefit

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The people of Hawaii are so intertwined with our Pacific neighbors in the Philippines, that stepping up and supporting them during this time of great need is simply the right thing to do. Some of Hawaii’s top entertainers will be coming together for an afternoon of songs, laughter, and inspiration. –Chuck Cotton, vice president/general manager-Clear Channel Media + Entertainment/Hawaii

Remember Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines last month? Hawaii entertainers set for Kokua for The Philippines haven’t forgotten. They’ll step up for a special benefit concert December 15, noon-5 p.m., at the Hilton Hawaii Village’s Great Lawn in Waikiki.

Just scratching the guest list: cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0, including Iron Chef’s Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat), marine life artist Wyland, Honolulu Jazz Quartet, Mick Fleetwood, Jake Shimabukuro, Raiatea Helm, Henry Kapono, Kalapana, slack key activist Makana, actress/singer Loretta Ables Sayre, Starr Kalahiki, Na Hoku Hanohano winner Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, and so many more.

There’s a lot planned. Hawaii Five-0’s cast and crew will man the phones to receive donations. Drummer Mick Fleetwood, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, and good friend, the Grammy-nominated Hawaiian hit artist Henry Kapono, plan to team up onstage for a few special numbers. Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet are also two top international artists ready to go. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell make appearances too. Wyland is well known throughout the islands as the artist to go to for authentic depictions of the world under the sea. He’ll paint a giant original canvas of humpback whales during the five-hour benefit. When he’s done, he’ll auction it off, with all the proceeds going to Kokua For The Philippines/Red Cross disaster relief.

The benefit concert will air simultaneously on TV and radio in Hawaii and San Diego, as well as stream online all over the world — thanks to Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the Ohana Broadcast Company, Kapono Inc., Island Film Group, NEP Supershooters, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and San Diego Union Tribune. Participating media include: local and national TV stations KFVE, KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC), KHON2 (FOX), KIKU, KITV 4 (ABC), CW, Me-TV, OC 16, San Diego Union Tribune’s UT-TV, websites of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment/Hawaii, OC 16, KHON2, KITV 4, Hawaii News Now, San Diego Union Tribune, Kokua For The Philippines, radio stations KSSK 92.3 FM/KSSK AM 590, Island 985, KNDI, and on mobile devices via the iHeartRadio app.

General admission is $20, tickets available at the Honolulu Box Office, (808) 550-8457. To donate December 15, noon-6 p.m., on Oahu, call (808) 955-9900, toll-free from the neighbor islands and nationwide (855) 905-6582 (1-855-90-KOKUA).

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