Music swelled over the great lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Sunday afternoon as legendary musicians and entertainers shared their talents to raise money for Kokua for Japan.
?They are some of the best. I think it?s just wonderful we are very thrilled to be able to attend,? said Canadian visitor Jim Wales.
Thousands came to Waikiki to sing and dance to the sounds of Cecilio and Kapono, as millions more watched at home and over the Internet.
Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and dozens of local entertainers such as Jake Shimabukuro and Amy Hanaialii joined a long line up of entertainers.
?It?s a fabulous turn out. We've had so many people show up today to support the people of Japan,? Kahealani Doss, from Honolulu.
?The aloha is just fantastic the energies just amazing everybody?s loving everyone the talents absolutely fantastic,? said Amira Attia, a Honolulu resident, originally from Egypt.
Generous donations poured into a phone bank, with calls ringing in from around the world. All the money raised will go to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami.
"We are there brothers and sisters and friends and relatives and I just think it?s such a great outpouring of support," said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross.
The event aired live with local celebrities, TV personalities, radio DJs and so many more volunteering to make the concert happen.
When the event wrapped up Sunday, the total donations raised were $1.6 million.