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Entertainers line up for Akane fundraiser

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 06:12 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2014

A growing who's who of Hawaii entertainers will perform at a benefit for the family of late broadcaster and writer Ashton "Kimo Akane" Kaiuwailani.

Entertainers, radio and music industry figures and the general public are welcome at the event Friday, Jan. 17 at the Pomaikai Ballroom at Dole Cannery.

Confirmed entertainers so far include the Bros. Cazimero, Kalapana, Jake Shimabukuro, Jeff Rasmussen, Kupaoa, Maunalua, Ben Vegas & Maila Gibson, and the Gregg Hammer Band, though more are expected, according to co-organizer Wayne Maria.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the concert set to begin at 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $35 online or via charge-by-phone at 550-8457, and will be $45 at the door.

Kaiuwailani, lifelong broadcaster and author of MidWeek column "Kimo's Vegas," died Dec. 30 after suffering apparent cardiac arrest earlier in the month.


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LuceyBee wrote:
I'm very sorry for this family on their loss. But why is it that a fundraiser is being held for them? Were there extenuating circumstances or...is it just because Kimo Akane was a long-time radio personality? If so, I can think of many other more worthy causes. Would be nice if the article addressed that aspect rather than serving just as a promotion for the event.
on January 8,2014 | 04:14PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
My understanding is he was in a coma for a couple of weeks after his cardiac arrest. I am sure their hospital bill was quite high even with insurance. A lot of entertainers owe their career to him and he did a lot for Hawaiian music, don't be a hater.
on January 8,2014 | 04:30PM
LuceyBee wrote:
I was just asking a question and making a point. You should reconsider your definition of a "hater".
on January 8,2014 | 04:45PM
syhud wrote:
There are hundreds of families and individuals who needs benefits like this. Why don't entertainers do a benefit on a monthly basis forr the common folks.
on January 8,2014 | 04:30PM
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