Monday, April 4, 2011

Tohoku Hospital in Sendai Beneficiary for Japan Relief Fundraiser aio Announces “With Aloha” Saturday, April 9 Event

Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan is the beneficiary of a fundraiser titled “With Aloha” on April 9 (Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m.) at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu   Pagoda Restaurant and aio are collaborating with local businesses and community groups to raise money for the “Tohoku University Hospital - Japan Relief Fund.”

Sendai is in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, and is the largest city in the Tohoku Region. The coastal city has suffered catastrophic damage from the earthquake (9.0 magnitude) and resulting tsunami waves (up to 77 feet) on March 11. The epicenter of the quake was 45 miles east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. Since the disaster hit, Tohoku University Hospital has been providing food, medicine and comfort items to people in need from the surrounding areas.

“With Aloha” tickets are $50 ($60 at the door). Ticket information is available

Twenty-four (24) restaurants are participating, including Le Bistro, Pagoda, Hukilau Honolulu, Honolulu Burger Co., Ryan’s Grill, Kincaid’s, Hy’s Steakhouse, Nalo Farms and Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Anheuser-Busch, Hawaii Nui, Better Brands, Southern Wines, Paradise Beverages and Johnson Brothers are also participating.

Brother Noland, Juke Joint 5PM, Ka‘ala boys, Natural Vibes and others will be performing at the benefit. A crane-making booth, and silent auction are also planned. KCCN (Cox Radio) will broadcast the event live.

Free parking for “With Aloha” will be available at Pacific Guardian Center (corner of Kapi‘olani and Keeaumoku Streets) and HMSA (Keeaumoku Street).

Monetary donations to “Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund” can be made online at, or can also be mailed to: 1000 Bishop Street, Ste. 610, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813. Checks should be made payable to “Tohoku Hospital Japan Relief Fund.”