‘Kokua Japan’ Benefit Concert in Peace Plaza

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SAN FRANCISCO — “Kokua Japan San Francisco,” a disaster relief benefit concert, will be held Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets.

Join friends from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities for this free gathering emceed by NBC Bay Area traffic anchor and comedian Mike Inouye.

People in Japan are in need of basic necessities like food, water and medication. Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (administered by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California and Union Bank) will be requested during this event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and “Kokua Japan” and Hawaiian Airlines “Aloha” Japan relief T-shirt sales.

The event is co-presented by the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the Japantown Merchants Association, the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

The lineup is as follows:

Hawaiian Music

Steven Espaniola and Friends

Faith Ako and Friends

Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka and Asa Young

‘AHAmele Ukulele Band

Ho’omana and JD Puli and Friends

Polynesian Dance Troupes

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula)

Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula)

Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula)

Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a)

Eclectic Music

Feelosophy (funk, soul)

Project Gojira (fusion)

Native Elements (reggae)

Stymie and the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska)

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