VIDEO: ‘Aloha for Japan’ raises $1M in donations
Video courtesy Lanai Tabura
Hawaii-based musician Christian Yrizarry of Beach 5 recorded this song to help raise awareness for the "Aloha for Japan" campaign for disaster relief.
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The "Aloha for Japan" campaign, a statewide coordinated initiative to help the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has collected more than $1 million in donations, according to a press release.
Hawaii's largest banks are serving as collection points for donations made payable to "Aloha for Japan." The money is being forwarded to the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. The latter organization will donate all proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross.
GRP Home Co., a cooperative of local clothing designers HiLife, Butigroove, Fitted Hawaii, In4mation, Aloha Army and Barefoot League, have printed and sold "Aloha for Japan" T-shirts in recent weeks; they recently sent their first donation of $30,000 to the campaign.
"It really is just all about helping Japan," said Fitted Hawaii's Keola Rapozo. "I've been to Japan and have friends there, so I'm directly affected.
"A bunch of us local boys donated 30 thousand, and everyone who bought a T-shirt from us helped with that. And that's just the first check. We're off to a good start. When we hit them off with the next check, and another check, then people will see it's all about aloha for Japan."
Monetary donations can be made at American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank and Territorial Savings Bank.
Checks payable to "Aloha for Japan" can be mailed to 2454 S. Beretania St., Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826. Checks mailed to this address will be donated to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii.
Donors can give online at www.alohaforjapan.com, which contains links to donation pages for the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. For more info, call 949-5531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honolulu Pulse Entertainment Editor Jason Genegabus contributed to this report.