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Artists 4 Animals Festival Fundraiser

June 23, 2016, 10:44 AM HST
* Updated June 24, 12:36 PM
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aloha animal advocates cropThe Artists 4 Animals Festival fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2016, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kea‘au Eagles Club will include local art and music, a silent auction, pūpū, chocolate, and a fruit elixir and wine tasting.

Local artists and artisans will donate 25% of their sales to the Artists 4 Animals Festival fund.

All silent auction proceed will go to spay and neuter services, and PAWS of Hawai‘i, a rescue organization in Mountain View.

“The funds raised will benefit our movement to Save 90% of the island’s healthy, treatable and adoptable animals which are now being killed through the County’s current animal control contract,” said Maya Dolena, cofounder of Aloha Animal Advocates, the fundraiser’s organizing entity.

“Although the issue of what to do about animal overpopulation is very controversial, we know killing is not the answer,”Dolena. “It has not solved the problem so far. We are committed to humane solutions that work.”

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The festival will open with a performance by Nawahine Hālau of Waimea.

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Additional entertainment will be provided by Amy Lee of the Jimmy Buffett Coral Reefer Band, the award-winning Puna Cuz’ins, with Kathy and Tom Duo providing dance music.

All silent auction item revenue will go to spay and neuter and PAWS Sanctuary. Animal welfare organizations are welcome to have a table for education and selling their items.

Early bird tickets, available online, are $20.

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Tickets at the door are $25.

Ticket sales benefit the “Save 90%” fund.

Additional animal welfare organizations are welcome to have a table for sales and distribution of educational material.

The Eagles Lodge is located at 16-111 Opukahaia St.

This is Aloha Animal Advocates’ third event in a series of educational programs and fundraisers.

Aloha Animal Advocates is a new coalition of islandwide animal welfare nonprofit organizations that came together to bring attention to the unnecessary killing of Big Island animals.

The group was co-founded by Nawahine Kaho‘opi‘i and Dolena.

To learn more, go online or call (808) 280-5229.

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