A local choir headed for the trip of a lifetime has hit a sour note and needs your help. The Hawaii Sacred Choir was supposed to leave for England in July, 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 who are trying to get to England in July. The choir had already been accepted to play at the Ely Cathedral. Choirmaster Daniel Werning says it would have been the first ever Hawaii choir to perform in a cathedral in England. He says the opportunity is almost unheard of.
"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 exceptionally good choir is quite an amazing thing," said Daniel Werning, choirmaster of Hawaii Sacred Choir.
The choir thought it had secured enough funds to cover the trip but just two weeks ago, all of that funding fell through.
"For several days we wondered what to do. Our first reaction was that we have to cancel the trip, disappointment," said Werning.
The choir needed $70,000 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 the choir has raised $60,000.
"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," said Lynn Ta'amilo, a member of the Hawaii Sacred Choir.
While the choir's used to singing, it's main focus now is pleading for the public to pitch in.
"If that were to happen I guess I'd be freaking out," said Mia Aczon, Hawaii Sacred Choir.
"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 it's going to be very exciting to do," said Alex Holasek, Hawaii Sacred Choir.
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, click on the link below for more information.