Monday, June 02, 2014

Great Success for 1st Aloha Keiki Ensemble Concert @Kona, Hawaii

I did not write about the concert given by Aloha Keiki Ensemble on May 25, 2014 at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden in Kona, which was a fundraiser for Fukushima Kids Hawaii.

I want to say that it was a great success. The hall was able to hold 50 seats, but 60 people came (more than expected) and they all said they enjoyed the music so much. The musicians were great (I had so much fun and joy playing with them), Violinist Ursula, Harpist Mo, Pianist Annu and Flutist Yumi (me).

Our harmony was beautiful together. As a result, we were asked to play at Sheraton Hotel in Kona in November for Kona Coffee Festival.

 In the silent auction held at the same time of the concert in the next room, we were able to raise more than 1000USD, and ticket sales was 1120USD plus donation of about 900USD, all together we raised more than 3000USD in one day. This is the most successful fundraising event we have had so far for Fukushima Kids Hawaii.

I thank all the people who came, who shared the information and who donated silent auction items (Mayumi Oda and Hiroki Morinoue and other artists who donated their art works), and who bought them.  You are making a difference for the children of Fukushima.

With 3000USD, we can support 3 chidden from Fukushima to Kona (to subsidize the airfare from Japan to Kona which is about $2500 for each child) and we need to raise 12000USD by the end of July for just airfare subsidary.

I will have another fundraiser on July 11, 2014 with Katie Moore, an inspirational ZUMBA instructor in Kona at Kona International Market.  Join us for ZUMBATHON to support Fukushima Kids if you are in Kona that day.

Now I am sitting down in a dining room of Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, just finished my 1st day of NVC Leadership Program's June retreat. This community is where I belong and where I feel home, where I get most of my emotional support which help me to continue my work, which sometimes is very challenging!

When this retreat is over, I will be speaking at several locations in California.

My schedule would be:

Jun 11, 2014 @ Mendocino
Jun 13, 2014 @ Marin
Jun 14, 2014 @ Berkeley (Library, west wing)
Jun 15, 2014 @ open day (I am available for speaking/sharing)
Jun 20 or 21, 2014@Sacrament
Jun 28 or 29 @ Los Angeles

If you want to attend one of those events, please e-mail me.  I will inform you where it is going to be held (most of them are held at a private home)

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