Big Island Benefit: Dinner & Concert
Hawaii-based classical musicians are teaming up with the renown Chef Chai to stage a benefit event to support response efforts to the Puna lava flow.
On Monday, August 13, Chef Chai, in partnership with the Salvation Army, will host a Big Island Benefit Dinner & Concert. Proceeds from this event will go directly to 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 will begin with tasty pupus and island music, followed by an exquisite dinner and a concert featuring musicians from the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival (HCMF) and Hawaii International Music Festival (HIMF). Artists will include local, talented ukulele player Given Yagi from Naehu Music and HCMF Founder Chris Yick (bass). HCMF will join forces with HIMF founders Eric Silberger and Amy Shoremount-Obra. Both internationally known, Silberger is a Tchaikovsky prize-winning virtuoso violinist, and Shoremount-Obra performs with the Metropolitan Opera as soprano. The program will include classical, opera, and pop masterpieces.
This benefit event is presented by Chef Chai in collaboration with the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival and Hawaii International Music Festival. The Young’s Market and Estate Group will also provide and include a generous donation of fine wines for this special occasion. Tickets are $125 per person with all proceeds benefiting the relief efforts in Puna.