Hawaii responds with earthquake fundraisers
Just hours after a devastating earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, a number of Hawaii residents and organizations are already stepping up to help coordinate local relief efforts.
A post on Twitter by the Hawaii Red Cross notes that Manoa DNA will perform at Lulu's Waikiki tonight, just steps from the webcam location that local TV stations used to illustrate sea changes during this morning's tsunami warning. Music starts at 6 p.m. and donations will be accepted at the door.
In addition, mobile cupcakery Fairy Cakes has been posted up at 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. (across from 24 Hour Fitness) since about 2:30 this afteroon, and have promised to donate all of today's proceeds to the Red Cross. Approximately 800 baked goods were prepared for customers today; bring a check payable to the Hawaii Red Cross and your money will go directly to help earthquake relief efforts.
And a hui of local clothing designers called GRP Home Co. — made up of the creative minds behind Fitted Hawaii, In4mation, Butigroove, Barefoot League, Aloha Army and HiLife — got together earlier today to come up with ideas for a benefit T-shirt (pictured at right).
"We're printing right now and all the proceeds are going to go to Japan," said Lanai Tabura, the group's spokesman. "It was really cool to get all the guys together and brainstorm this. They'll be $20 at all the shops and should be ready for purchase by Monday."
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