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Orchestra, guitarist teaming up

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with the Hilton Waikoloa Resort, will join forces with prominent local slack-key artist John Keawe for “Plays Well With Others,” the orchestra’s inaugural gala fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, wine, and pupus provided by several local restaurants, as well as a concert featuring John Keawe making his “orchestral debut.” Keawe will perform some of his favorite songs, accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra of strings and woodwinds led by the orchestra’s music director, Madeline Schatz. Lyman Medeiros will join this event as an emcee, and Patrick Batchelder will serve as the auctioneer.

Tickets are $60 per person, self-parking will be at a discounted rate of $5 for concert attendees. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Auction items that will be offered include: an opportunity to conduct the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra during a concert program, plus a conducting lesson from Maestra Schatz; a two-night weekend stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village; a $500 value of Kohala spa certificate; artwork by Hawaii artist Alex Gupton and Big Island artist Kristi Krantz; a one-week stay at a privately-owned vacation home in Keauhou Estates; a live string quartet to play at an event (wedding, anniversary, private party); a complete collection of John Keawe’s music CD’s signed by John, a fishing charter for up to 6 people; a one-night stay at the Big Island “Palms Cliff House”; a private dinner for four-six at a beachfront Puako home with live classical ensemble; a dinner for two at Kamuela Provision Co.; a dinner for two for Imari restaurant; a Dolphin Quest encounter for two and the Kamuela Philharmonic music CD collection of favorite music CD’s donated and signed by members of the orchestra. Various Big Island adventures, both land and sea will also be available, along with many other interesting items.

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501(c)3, so any donations you make to us may be tax deductible. You can also mail your contributions to us at P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 or via Paypal on our website. For more information about the Kamuela Philharmonic and its programs, please visit