On the evening of September 10, St. Paul’s, Chatham came alive with the soothing melodies and vibrant rhythms of Hawaiian music, all for a noble cause. The Benefit Concert for Maui, organized by long-time Chatham resident and musician, Andy Wang, touched the hearts of attendees while raising funds for the victims of the devastating wildfires in West Maui.
St. Paul's has a special connection with Maui having hosted multiple concerts by Maui-resident, Grammy-Award winner, and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Master George Kahumoku, Jr. over the years. The church served as the picturesque backdrop for this heartwarming event.
The lineup of top-notch performers who donated their time included Bill Wynne, winner of the 2005 Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest. The enchanting Claudia Goddard the soulful tunes of Steel Guitarist Chris Davis, the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Jason Poole, and of course St. Paul’s own talented Andy Wang.
In addition to the amazing music, there were beautiful dance performances by the hula dancers of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka and Lānaʻi-born hula dancer Janine Oliva. The beautiful music and dance transported everyone to the idyllic shores of Hawaii.
“I’m so grateful to share the stage with my fellow performers who donated their time, talents, and treasures, as well as thankful to St. Paul’s and everyone who came together to support our friends in West Maui,” said Andy.
The evening was not just about the music and dance; it was about a caring community coming together to make a difference in the lives of those in need in the world. Performers and concert goers came from the local area and surrounding states, including New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, to offer support for the people of Maui. The sense of unity and aloha spirit was palpable throughout the event.
The concert was a great success. St. Paul’s raised over $7000.00 in donations for the victims of the West Maui wildfires, and 100% of funds raised were given directly to relief organizations on Maui, ensuring that those who need it most receive the assistance they deserve.