Henry Kapono, longtime Wish Ambassador for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, first introduced this collaborative concert in the summer of 2014 and raised more than $15,000. The concert was such a hit, we brought it back and raised $25,000 that will directly support local wishes.
A legendary lineup of musicians put on an incredible show, including John Cruz, Brother Noland, Kalapana, Keola Beamer, Na Leo Pilimehana, Jerry Santos, Cyril Pahinui, Robi Kahakalau,Theresa Bright, Sean Naauau, and Frank De Lima. The Rough Riders, Mailani, Taimane, Aidan James, and Lanai Tabura also made special appearances. Funds raised came from a portion of ticket sales as well as proceeds from HG2O Hawaii water bottles signed by Henry Kapono.
Guests experienced the power of a wish firsthand when Hawaii Wish Kid Kala, who has been battling osteosarcoma since last June, was called to the stage with Henry Kapono and Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Siana Austin Hunt. With the support of everyone in attendance, news of Kala's wish unveiled live!
Kala maintains a smile and shaka through it all despite a tough chapter enduring cancer treatment and multiple leg surgeries. He has had to adjust to life in recovery mode with assistance from crutches and a wheelchair. During this period, Kala found healing joy escaping into the fantasy world of video games, comics and superheroes, inspiring his wish to meet Jack Septic Eye, a world-famous YouTube sensation from Ireland who has rallied more than two million subscribers through his energetic commentary series on video games. Kala was told to pack his bags and get ready to meet Jack Septic Eye at the 2015 PAX Prime in Seattle - a niche show for gamers and comic lovers alike!
Mahalo to everyone who joined us at The Waikiki Shell for the 2015 "Back in the Day" concert! Your support not only helped send Kala off on his once-in-a-lifetime wish, but also raised funds to support other local keiki facing similar battles.
See photos below from Derrek Miyahara, Island Digital Imaging.