Big Island Benefit: Dinner & Concert

Supporting Response Efforts to the Puna Lava Flow

Local classical musicians teamed up with renown Chef Chai to stage a benefit event to support response efforts to the Puna lava flow.

In partnership with the Salvation Army, HCMF and Chef Chai hosted a Big Island Benefit Dinner and Concert.

Proceeds from this event went directly to the Salvation Army's work in the Puna community.

Recently inducted in the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame, Chai is the owner and chef of Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu. Known for fusing fresh Hawaii ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of the Hawaiian Islands. He is also known for his generous support of charitable efforts in the community.

The event began with tasty pupus and island music, followed by an exquisite dinner and concert.

The concert featured many local artists including HSO cellist Joshua Nakazawa, talented ukelele player Given Yagi, pianist Monica Chung, and HCMF Founder and bassist Chris Yick.

HCMF also joined forces with Hawaii International Music Festival founders prize-winning violinist Eric Silberger and Metropolitan Opera soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra.

In addition to the dinner and concert, the Young’s Market and Estate Group generously provided fine wines for this special occasion.

The program featured masterpieces from classical, opera, and pop genres.

Daniel LucasChef Chai