“Lei Day for Japan” Raises More Than $200K in Aid

HONOLULU – May 03, 2011 - Hawaii’s May Day cultural tradition was honored in beautiful style Sunday evening at

Lei Day for Japan, the special music and cuisine benefit event that has raised more than $200,000 to help aid and recovery efforts in Japan, with checks still coming in.


Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, Lei Day for Japan took place on May Day, Sunday, May 1, at Aloha Tower Marketplace. More than 1,500 guests attended, enjoying the wonderful music of four headline artists in Hawaiian entertainment and the cuisine specialties of 29 Hawaii chefs.


Lei Day for Japan was truly a community effort. All of the entertainment, cuisine, refreshments and organization of the event itself were donated by partners and friends without hesitation – a reflection of the special bond we all share with the people of Japan,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO. “We extend our deepest appreciation to all of these participants and to the guests who attended the event and gave so generously to help our friends in Japan.”


One hundred percent of the funds raised from the sale of event tickets, t-shirts and lei at the event are going to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for donation directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to benefit families and individuals in need.


Following is a listing of the entertainers, chefs, and service providers who donated their time, talents, and products to help make Lei Day for Japan a success.


Keali‘i Reichel

Natalie Ai Kamauu

Jake Shimabukuro

Patrick Makuakane featuring Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

12th Ave Grill – Kevin Hanney

Alan Wong’s – Alan Wong

Azure – John Matsubara

The Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider – Rodney Uyehara

Café Laufer – Cyrus Goo

Chai’s Island Bistro – Chai Chaowasaree

Chef Mavro’s – George Mavrothalassitis

DK’s Steak and Sansei Seafood – DK Kodama

Don Ho’s Island Grill – Matt Nelson

Eggs ‘n Things – Lawtene Angelias

Gate Gourmet – Aldo Romero

Indigo – Glenn Chu

JJ Bistro and French Pastry – JJ Luangkhot

Kauai Grill Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges – Colin Hazama

Le Bistro – Alan Takasaki

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus – Marc Anthony Freiberg

Michel’s at the Colony Surf – Eberhard Kintscher

Morimoto Waikiki – Masaharu Morimoto

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Andy Degamo

Nori’s – BethAn Nishijima

Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort – Fred DeAngelo

The Pacific Club – Eric Leterc

Poke Stop – Elmer Guzman

Roy’s – Roy Yamaguchi

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Leighton Miyakawa

Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa – Bryan Ashlock

Side Street Inn – Colin Nishida

Singha Thai Cuisine – Joy Chaowasaree

Tango Contemporary Café – Göran Streng

Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya

Southern Wine & Spirits

Primo Beer

World Sake Imports

Pavaraga Coffee

Hawaiian Springs Water

ABM Janitorial

Accel Party Rentals


Anthology Marketing Group

Cox Radio Group

Events International

Hawaii News Now

Hawaii Pro Sound

Hawaii Stage and Lighting Rental

Hawaiian Ice

HFM Food Service

Isle Discount

KYD Inc.

PBS Hawaii

PM Realty Group

Pacific Rim Concepts

Paliku Documentary Films

Pro Park

Production Hawaii

Pua Malia Lei Stand – Honolulu International Airport

Safety Systems Hawaii


Shoot It Live

Sodexho Hawaii

The Gas Company

TOPA Financial Center

Volcano Orchids

The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace

Hawaiian Airlines’ Team Kokua employee volunteer corps



About Hawaiian Airlines


Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by

Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.


Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the

Hawaiian Islands.


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