Saturday, April 2, 2011, San Francisco Nihonmachi
The Hawaiian-themed free concert and fund-raiser for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims took place Saturday, April 2, in San Francisco’s Japantown Peace Plaza. Called Kōkua Japan San Francisco (kōkua is Hawaiian for “help”), the event helped solicit donations for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Organized by concerned members of the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American community, the benefit will featured a first-rate lineup of musicians and dancers, including:
• Hawaiian music acts Steven Espaniola and friends, Faith Ako and friends, the ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Group, Ho’omana, Side Order Band (featuring Chris Kamaka and Asa Young) and JD Puli and friends;
• Hula from Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu of San Francisco, Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Mealana Manuel of Volcano, Hawai’i, and Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea of Fremont, plus ‘ōte’a (Tahitian dance) from Merahi O Tehani of Union City;
• Diverse local bands such as Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion) and Native Elements (reggae) and Styme & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)
NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comic Mike Inouye emceed the show.