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Kai Wailea to Hold ‘Pray for Japan’ Benefit

October 13, 2011
The Maui Weekly

As the recovery process for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami continues, Pray for Japan continues its commitment of support with a fundraiser at the Kai Wailea Japanese restaurant at The Shops at Wailea on Sunday evening, Oct.16, from 5 to 10 p.m.

Thus far, the Maui-based group has raised more than $50,000 and performed considerable volunteer work.

The event ticket price of $5 will include free pupu and live music by Ahumanu. The silent auction will include gift certificates, art, photography, jewelry and new surf, standup kite and windsurf gear.

The group is also accepting silent auction and door prize donations.

Donations will go directly towards organizations such as Surfrider Foundation Japan (SFJ), Ashinaga Ikuei Fund (AIF), Heart and Hope (H&H), Ally and Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation (FNSCR).

SFJ promotes and is actively involved in protection and preservation of the Japanese natural coastal environment for the future generations. The organization has helped victims in the Tohoku area, and has been working hard to conduct a water-quality survey of the area.

Beach cleanup has been challenging due to the tremendous amount of debris, including toxic materials in the water. Radiation from the nuclear plant disaster forced surfers to give up their surf spots, and families are not able to swim in the ocean.

AIF donations support orphans and children who have a parent with a disability that prevents them from working. The group has been supporting orphans by building a house of refuge called "Tohoku Rainbow House."

Proceeds will also go to the launch of a radiation detection laboratory so farmers can bring crops in to check for contamination (visit H&H at

FNSCR was established by parent in Fukushima to protect children from radiation. The group holds seminars and events on a regular basis to promote a better understanding of radiation.

Through the organization, the general public has access to films and videos on radiation, consultations on evacuation, and information on how to avoid the intake of radioactive particles and how to help rid the body of the radioactive elements that have been inhaled and ingested.

The mission of Ally, a nonprofit organized by one of the guests of the Aloha Initiative Program, is to support handicapped children and their family members who are struggling to leave Fukushima.

For more information, visit Contact Tomoko Okazaki at or (808) 344-5246.



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