Free concert benefits Marco Polo residents
In the aftermath of the tragedy at Marco Polo, comes aloha. A bright spot for displaced residents came Wednesday night, as a benefit concert was held.
In the aftermath of the tragedy at Marco Polo, comes aloha.
For residents displaced by the deadly high-rise fire, a bright spot came Wednesday night, as a community rallying in support held a benefit concert.
The massive Marco Polo fire left some residents without belongings or a place to live, but many have showered by support from the community.
"There has been an unbelievable outpouring of aloha. I was in the lobby today, there were sandwiches and doughnuts and there is water. Everyone is always asking what can we do?" said Marco Polo resident Karin Lynn.
Days after the deadly fire the aloha turned musical, after a benefit concert was organized by Hawaiian 105 KINE in just a day.
"Everybody just jumped on board, as soon as we sent out the message to our friends. Everybody started chiming in 'Yeah we can!' Everybody wanted to help," said KINE's Shannon Scott.
"We have God given talents, and we take any opportunity to give back to the people whatever the cause. When you're blessed with something, you become a blessing for others. No brainer, we had to do it, we wanted to do it," said musician Eric Lee.
For three hours Wednesday evening, musicians and local groups entertained the crowd with a free concert at the Ward Warehouse Amphitheater.
The show provided a brief light-hearted break from the tragedy that's been felt far beyond the McCully neighborhood where the Marco Polo building is located.
"My father lives in a high rise in Salt Lake and just to think, it could have been his building. So our hearts go out to the families, and hopefully they can recover from all of this," said musician Rodney Bejer.
Hundreds came out to the benefit show. Many donated to the Hawaii Red Cross, and showed their support for those displaced by the fire. Which was music to the ears of those who showed up from the Marco Polo building.
"I was relatively lucky that my apartment was undamaged but I live on a floor that I can't return to, so I've had offers from friends say, 'if you need a place to stay - let me know'. So it is great to live here in Hawaii," added Lynn.
"What a better way to empower a community. Put it together with music and lots of love, lots of aloha," said KINE's Mele Apana.
In addition to the Wednesday evening concert, there will be a Wine & Canvas event at the Sheraton Waikiki on Friday July21. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward the Hawaii Red Cross, and to one of the employees who lost his apartment in the fire.