Benefit Events, Concerts and Fundraisers for Maui Wildfire Relief
From benefit concerts to fundraising auctions, our Hawai‘i community is hustling to organize awesome events to help Maui recover.
Our community has rallied to support those displaced and affected by the recent Maui wildfires in a number of heartwarming ways. If you’re looking for more ways to give, check out these benefit events for Maui.
Hana Hou Festival
Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Heal through music at the inaugural Hana Hou Festival helmed by Jake Shimabukuro. Featured musicians include Mick Fleetwood, The Jets, Girl Named Tom, Keiko Matsui, Pure Heart, Raiatea Helm, Kimié Miner and Brother Noland. Profits from the two-day event and all donations will be given to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
Maui Strong Benefit Live Stream
Friday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m. HST
Notable performers, including Ziggy Marley, Mick Fleetwood, Sarah McLachlan, Fred Armisen and LL Cool J, are gathering for this virtual fundraiser to benefit the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
Hale ‘Aina Celebration: Whimsical Wonderland
Saturday, Sept. 9, 6–9 p.m.
Step into a Whimsical Wonderland at the 40th anniversary Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank Priority Destinations World Elite MasterCard. This event unites our restaurant winners, including 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, Arancino at the Kāhala, Kapa Hale, Miro Kaimukī, MW Restaurant, Tim Ho Wan and The Seaside. VIPs can enter early at 5 p.m. 10% of ticket sales will go to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
Kōkua Maui Online Auction
Friday, Sept. 8, to Friday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.
Our aio family of companies have joined forces with local businesses for Kōkua Maui, an online auction that benefits the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund. From gift cards and local fashion pieces to home goods and fun experiences, there’s something for everyone to feel good about bidding on.
Chefs for Hope
Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
This fundraising event organized by Chef Chai will feature more than 30 food and beverage stations as well as live music from local artists like Jake Shimabukuro and Robert Cazimero. Participating restaurants include Miro Kaimukī, Nami Kaze, Feast, Kapa Hale and many more.
VIP table-service tables: $5000 for 10 guests, call Chef Chai at (808) 585-0011 to reserve
Reserved, self-serve seats: $300, available at the Blaisdell Box Office starting Aug. 25
Individual ticket: $200, available at the Blaisdell Box Office starting Aug. 25
Festa Italiana Passaporto Italiano VIP Experience
Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Sample Italian cuisine from local chefs and restaurants and sip unlimited Italian wine, Menabrea beer, and specialty cocktails. There will be live music, a DJ, a Max Mara fashion showcase, HIFF films and the special unveiling of local artist Kamea Hadar and Lamborghini’s collaboration, the “LAVA”—the first-ever electric-wrapped Lamborghini. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
SEE ALSO: Your Insider Guide to Festa Italiana
Jack Johnson Benefit Show for Maui
Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Jack Johnson and his band alongside Paula Fuga and John Cruz will perform at The Republik to benefit Maui fire relief efforts. Though the show is sold out, you can catch the benefit album Songs for Maui, also featuring Paula Fuga and John Cruz, with songs recorded live on Maui in 2012. The album will be available digitally on Sept. 15.
Jake Shimabukuro & Deana Carter Concert
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
‘Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro and country artist Deana Carter will take the stage. This already planned concert became a benefit event for Maui in light of the recent wildfires; a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
The Re-Up Market by Art + Flea
Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This vintage and secondhand market emphasizes recycling and upcycling for unique fashion finds. Though admission is usually free, this Saturday’s market will be ticketed, with all proceeds going to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
Paddle Out for Lahaina: A symbol of aloha and hope
Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m.
Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festival and Nā Kama Kai invite the public to come together for the families and friends affected by the Maui willdfires with a community paddle out to Queens surf break in Waikīkī. The whole ‘ohana is welcome, and you’re encouraged to bring your own flowers and lei. Monetary donations will be accepted on site and will go directly towards helping families in Lāhainā. No supply donations will be accepted.
Kōkua Maui Festival
Friday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.–Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 a.m.
Hosted by Hawai‘i’s Finest, the Kōkua Maui Festival will feature David Grace, B.E.T., High Watah and Chardonnay. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Maui ‘ohana, and BAMP will donate $1 per drink sold. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m.
Wiwo‘ole Maui Benefit Concert
Saturday, Aug. 19, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Local musicians and hālau are uniting to help raise disaster relief funds and spread the healing power of mele. Participating artists include Amy Hānaiali‘i, Kalani Pe‘a, Kanekoa, Kimié Miner and Raiatea Helm. The concert will be livestreamed from the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, on the ‘Āina Momona website and participating artists’ social media. Proceeds will benefit ‘Āina Momona and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
Maui Ola: A Benefit Concert for Maui
Sunday, Aug. 20, 5–9 p.m.
Show aloha for Maui during this fundraising concert that will feature Hawaiian Style Band, Pure Heart, Jerry Santos, Raiatea Helm, Paula Fuga, Kimié Miner, Anuhea, Del Beazley, the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and more musicians and cultural practitioners with meaningful ties to Maui. 100% of proceeds will benefit Maui through donation portals, including Maui United Way, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Hawai‘i People’s Fund and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. You can watch the livestream on the HONOLULU Magazine website.
$20, Bishop Museum Great Lawn, 1525 Bernice St., mauiola.org
John Cruz and Johnny Helm Fundraiser Concert for Maui
Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.
Gather with the community at Talk Kaimukī for a glass of wine and comforting music by John Cruz and Johnny Helm. Wine service by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants is included with a minimum $40 donation at the door. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Maui relief funds.
Music for Maui
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.
This three-course dinner and concert event hosted by the Hawai‘i Chamber Music Festival, Stage Restaurant & Amuse Wine Bar and The Wish Makers of Hawai‘i will benefit the the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. The concert will start during the dessert course.
Books for Maui Auction
Monday, Aug. 21, 6 a.m. HST to Friday, Aug. 25, midnight HST
A group of Kānaka Maoli authors and publishing professionals and allies have come together to organize a special auction. They’ve put out a call for donations of critiques, signed books, virtual visits and more and have received more than 900 donations from the book world. All proceeds will be donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong fund, Kamehameha Schools’ Ho‘ōla Maui fund, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Kāko‘o Maui fund and the Maui Food Bank.
Egan’s Fitness Maui Strong Fundraiser
Saturday, Aug. 26, 6:30 a.m.
Egan’s Fitness is hosting a 45-minute outdoor bootcamp at Ala Moana Beach Park to support the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. The workout is open to all ages and fitness levels, kids included, and will feature fun circuit training, body weight exercises and mobility drills. You can donate to the fundraiser online; cash donations will be accepted onsite as well. There will be T-shirts for sale, with all proceeds also being donated.
Food Drive Day
Saturday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
This year’s Food Drive Day will support the Hawai‘i Food Bank’s Maui Relief Fund. Drop off food donations at Waterfront Plaza, Pearl City Shopping Center, Town Center of Mililani, Windward City Shopping Center or Waiokeola Congregational Church. You can also host a donation drive or donate funds online.
Maui Mālama Pono Telethon Concert
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2–5 p.m.
Crossing Rain, Kalani Pe‘a, Mark Yamanaka, The Mākaha Sons, Taimane, Dillon Pakele and Kala‘e Camarillo perform a televised benefit concert this Sunday. Tickets are $30–$50 to watch the show in person at Hawai‘i Theatre, but the first 100 people to donate gift cards or canned food items to the theater box office during opening hours this week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., get in free. 100% of proceeds go toward Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. A live stream ticket for one device is $25. The concert will also be broadcast live on Hawai‘i News Now, KFVE and on hawaiinewsnow.com and hawaiitheatre.com. You can add a donation to the Maui Strong Fund while purchasing tickets.
Kīpuni Aloha no Maui
Friday, Sept. 1
6–7:30 a.m. HST: Native Hawaiian Sunrise Ceremony
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. HST: Noon Ceremony (including diverse faith-based leaders)
6:30–8 p.m. HST: Native Hawaiian Sunset Ceremony
Join this statewide vigil in support of Maui to take part in emotional and spiritual healing rooted in Native Hawaiian practices with leaders from diverse faiths. The ceremonies will be streamed on HONOLULU Magazine, ‘Ōlelo, Akakū Community Media, KAKU 88.5 FM, Maui Stream, Hawai‘i News Now, KITV4, KHON2, Nā Leo TV, Hō‘ike TV, and other media partners. On O‘ahu, the noon ceremony will take place at Thomas Square (925 S Beretania St.). See the website for ceremony locations on the neighbor islands. If you’re organizing a vigil, fill out this form with the details to join the collective effort.
Free, various locations and live streaming, hawaiisoul.org/maui
Laughs for Lahaina
Friday, Sept. 1, and Saturday, Sept. 2, 7–8:30 p.m., 9–11 p.m.
Comedians Shane Nelson of Maui along with Michael Madsen and Dustin Reynolds will perform at Stand Up Honolulu to raise funds for Maui comedians and their families. You can also purchase Laughs for Lahaina T-shirts, with proceeds being donated.
Aloha for Maui Benefit Concert
Saturday, Sept. 2, 5–10 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners Sean Cleland, Sean Na‘auao and Natural Vibrations on the Great Lawn at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Get dinner or pūpū during the concert from Kiawe Smoke Hut and ‘Ono Grindz Food Truck. All ticket sales will go to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Validated parking is available at the resort parking garage; self-parking is $10 and valet is $15. Bring your own blankets, mats or towels for seating.
If you can’t make it to these benefit events for Maui, please help spread the word. You can also donate directly to relief efforts—we compiled a list of organizations and funds here.