Rise Up Hawaii benefit for the homeless

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Local nonprofit Rise Up Hawaii, which started in January, held its first event after the disaster in Haiti and has been building steam ever since. The Rise Up team, together with artists, musicians and poets, held a second big benefit concert at Fresh Cafe on Saturday evening to bring awareness and aid to Hawaii’s homeless population. Proceeds and donations from the event will go directly towards care packages for homeless families in the Waianae area.

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Part of the Rise Up team, spearheaded by co-founders Dana Plotkin (far right), a Kalani High School teacher, Sophie Miyoshi, a Kalani High School student (second from right), Joel Gaspar (middle) Kim Canepa (second from left) and Beatrice Parrish (not pictured). Rise Up is a diverse bunch, with some members still in high school, and others attending college. These guys and gals are taking seriously the oft-quoted adage by Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

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