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United Way Hosts Music, Food Event Fundraisers

July 3, 2017, 2:33 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:08 AM
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Kalani Pea accepting his 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano award.
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Tickets for two events during Hawai‘i Island United Way’s biggest weekend of fundraising for the year are now available.

Proceeds from the music and food events support 48 human service programs delivered by Hawai‘i Island United Way’s 38 partner agencies islandwide. These services touch three-quarters of our island’s residents.

On Friday, July 7, 2017,  join Hawai‘i Island United Way for an evening with Hawai‘i Island’s Grammy Award-winner, Kalani Pe‘a. Pe‘a’s debut album, E Walea, quickly topped the charts on iTunes, and was honored with the Grammy for “Best Regional Roots Music Album” and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Contemporary Album of the Year” Enjoy a gourmet dinner and cocktails at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel while Pe‘a serenades the crowd with his contemporary Hawaiian soul stylings. Tickets are $175.

On Saturday, July 8, join the Big Island’s island’s finest chefs at an Evening In Paradise at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s Hale Hoaaloha Pavilion, a gourmet grazing evening with ‘ono food, live entertainment by Vaughn Valentino, and a silent auction with donations from an array of local businesses.

Restaurants and purveyors that have confirmed participation include Big Island Abalone, Huggo’s On The Rocks, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mai Grille, Mehana Brewing, Paradise Beverages, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Roy’s Waikoloa, Seaside, Southern Wine & Spirits, The Fish Hopper, The Noodle Club, Tommy Bahama, Two Ladies Kitchen, Volcano Winery and more.


Tickets for Evening In Paradise are $100, or $50 for keiki 5-11.


For more information or to buy tickets, call Hawai‘i Island United Way at 935-6393 or visit HIUW.org/EIP for Evening In Paradise and HIUW.org/Kalani for Kalani Pe‘a.

Registration is also still being accepted for the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament on July 7 and 8.

About Hawai‘i Island United Way Hawai‘i Island United Way has a proud history of bringing Hawaiʻi Island residents together in a collective effort to affect community change. The Hawai‘i Island United Fund was established in January 1967, encouraging residents to give one hour’s pay per month to fund human service programs on the island. By 1974 the fund evolved into Hawai‘i Island United Way – one of 1,800 locally-based charities that are part of United Way Worldwide. Today, Hawai‘i Island United Way raises funds to support 48 human service programs delivered by 38 partner agencies islandwide. These services touch three-quarters of our island’s residents.

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