When Maui Preparatory Academy National Honor Students contacted Jill Holley, the Sales and Marketing Director at Hard Rock, about hosting an all-ages concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Maui to raise money for Japan’s tsunami survivors, she was quick to agree. “Hard Rock was super happy to see these students come together from all over the island for a philanthropic cause,” she said. “They reached out to us because they knew they could count on Hard Rock.”
Devon Bloss, graduating Maui Prep senior, and teacher Vania Jerome were the project leaders for this fundraiser that was organized by the academy’s National Honor Society students. The Maui Prep Academy has 188 students in grades K through 12, and all middle and upper school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 to 25 hours of community service each year. Students have participated in a wide variety of projects like volunteering at the Maui Marathon, participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, organizing Christmas gift drives for underprivileged families in West Maui, planting native trees, protecting native bird habitats and working with animals at the Maui Humane Society. This is the first concert they’ve planned at the Hard Rock and the students worked with Holley to advertise, produce t-shirts, host a silent auction and collect a recommended donation at the door for the Japan Tsunami victims.