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Hawaii Sacred Choir 10k short of funds for performance in EnglandUPDATED 5:38 PM HST Jun 08, 2014Video Transcript
A local choir headed for the trip of a lifetime has hit a sour note and needs your help. KITV4's Brenton Awa is standing by live with more... Brenton? Pam -- the Hawaii Sacred Choir was supposed to leave for England next month but 12 days ago it found out that it lost all of the funds it planned to get. Alex -- Jessa -- and Mia are just three of the 25 Hawaii Sacred Choir members that are trying to get to England next month. Two-years-ago the choir was accepted to play at the Ely Cathedral. Daniel Werning says it would've been the first ever Hawaii choir to get to perform in a Cathedral in England. He says the opportunity is almost unheard of. 809 - DANIEL WERNING "THEY ONLY CHOOSE THE BEST CHOIRS IN THE WORLD SO THEY ARE WILLING TO TRUST US AND TO HAVE US COME AND SING FROM HAWAII TO TAKE THE PLACE OF AN EXCEPTIONALL Y GOOD CHOIR IS QUITE AND AMAZING THING." The choir thought it had secured enough funds to cover the trip. But just two weeks ago -- all of that funding fell through. 922 - DANIEL WERNING "FOR SEVERAL DAYS WE WONDERED WHAT TO DO. OUR FIRST REACTION WAS DO WE HAVE TO CANCEL THE TRIP, DISSAPPOINTMENT. The choir needed 70- thousand-dollars to cover the cost of all of its members. Raising the funds on such short notice was thought to be a long shot -- but so far -- they've raised 60-thousand- dollars. Just 10-thousand-short. 1333 - LYNN TA'AMILO "EVEN THOUGH I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO PAY FOR MY FARE I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP. I WANT TO TRY MY BEST AND TRY WHATEVER WE CAN SO OUR CHOIR CAN GO ON THIS TRIP." While the choir's used to singing... It's main focus now is pleading for the public to pitch in. 1828 "IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN I GUESS I'D BE FREAKING OUT." 1653 - ALEX HOLASEK "IT MEANS JOY BEING ABLE TO SING IN ENGLAND. IT'S LIKE ONLY THE BEST GIFTED CHOIRS GET TO SING IN ENGLAND. IT'S A RARE OPPORTUNITY AND ITS GOING TO BE VERY EXCITING TO DO." If the choir makes it to England -- it's slated to perform across seven days of service in the Ely Cathedral. If you'd like to make a donation just log on to our website and click on the link to this story.