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Hawaiian music icons come together in benefit concert to raise $40,000 for educators

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Hawaiian musicians came together Wednesday night for a benefit concert to help public school teachers across the state.

The second annual “Teach Our Future” benefit concert has raised over $40,000 to help local educators maintain quality education for Hawaii students.

The Hawaii Foundation for Educators has partnered with local musical icons Makaha Sons and Pure Heart to make this event happen.

The show, hosted by Hawaii News Now’s Billy V, took place at the Historic Hawaii Theater in downtown Honolulu.

Funds raised will be used to support educators looking to deepen their knowledge on a specific topic.

“Supporting teachers through professional development opportunities like the Hawaii Foundation for Educators is really important because it shows teachers they are supported and ultimately benefits the students we serve in our classrooms,” said Nimitz Elementary teacher Logan Okita.

Educators have found this useful as they progress in their careers.

“Professional development can be very expensive for educators, and so having this funding available to reimburse teachers once they have completed the program is an incredible resource, and it is a great benefit for teachers so that they know that when the program is over, they’ll have that money in their pockets,” Okita said.

The benefit concert not only featured performances by local artists, but also featured some of Hawaii’s student musicians.

“For (the students) to perform in front of the teachers, many of whom are from the different schools who are here tonight, it really shows their honor and respect for them, but also their ability to give back within the community and to play in the Hawaii Theater is just awesome for these kids,” said HFE Board Member Harris Nakamoto.

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