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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Benefit will help cyclone survivors

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Island performers, chefs and celebrities will convene for a benefit for the Myanmar Cyclone Relief Fund from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Karl Baker and Michael Casupang, kumu hula of the Merrie Monarch-winning Halau I Ka Wekiu, will perform an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The halau includes a number of part-Burmese dancers.

Augie T, local standup comic and radio deejay, will host a program of celebs and cultural performing groups, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The slate reflects the diverse cultures of Honolulu's Chinatown artists, representing the Burmese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Tahitian and Tongan communities. Songs, dances, skits, story-telling and dramatic readings will be presented.

The Myanmar Association of Hawai'i, which is a sponsor of the fundraiser, will provide Burmese cuisine.

Participating restaurants include Chai's Island Bistro, Compadres Bar & Grill, Hee Hing Restaurant, Hong Kong Harbor View Seafood Restaurant, Hukilau Restaurant, Morton's Steakhouse, Roy's Restaurant and Sam Choy's.

General admission is $50; reserved seats are $100. Reserved tables are also available. Information: 851-7010.

"This is a critical time in the relief efforts for the victims," said Tin Myaing Thein, president of the Myanmar Association.

"This is an opportunity to pull together and show our visitors and the world how much aloha our community has for all who suffer from calamity," said Burton White, artistic director and general manager of the Hawai'i Theatre, which has joined the Myanmar Association in sponsorship.

For those who can't attend, donations in the form of checks may be sent to the Myanmar Association of Hawai'i, 720 N. King St., Honolulu HI 96817, with "Burmese Cyclone Victims" on the notations line.