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Five For Fighting Rocks the Big Island at the Royal Kona Resort

Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik

Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

Last Thursday, Five for Fighting put on a concert at the Royal Kona Resort that I was fortunate enough to be invited to.

The Royal Kona Resort (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

The Royal Kona Resort (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

The doors opened at 5:30 and folks filed into the courtyard of the resort.

www.hawaiianhotels.com Director Jay Rubenstein

Royal Kona Resort's Director of Sales Jay Rubenstein greets the crowd

Barry Flanagan of HAPA opened the show as the sun was setting.

Barry Flanagan (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

Barry Flanagan (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

Five for Fighting is actually just the name that John Ondrasik dubbed for his own group name so that he could separate his life and the music he plays from his own personal life.

John Ondrasak's Family

John Ondrasik's family was in attendance

I went backstage for a little while and this is a picture I took with my iPhone:

Backstage at Five for Fighting

Backstage

I met KBIG Radio Personality Keith Vachon backstage and he talked about his radio interview with John on the phone the other day.

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KBIG Radio Personality Keith Vachon

Vachon gave me the following explanation of what Five for Fighting meant and how Ondrasik chose the name… Ondrasik is a big fan of hockey and a penalty in hockey is five minutes in the penalty box otherwise known as “Five for Fighting” and he liked that name and stuck with it.

Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

Ondrasik later told the crowd the same story later on in the evening.

Five for Fighting's John Ondrasak

Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

I’m still learning my new camera, so I was happy to meet photographer Jerusha Schoenhoff at the concert and she had the “big gun” of a camera so I asked her if I could use some of her pictures.

John Ondrasak Strums on His Guitar

A close-up of John Ondrasik strumming on his guitar (Photo Courtesy of Jerusha Schoenhoff)

I took this multi shot picture using the Sports mode of the camera and I liked how it turned out… but I’m not near the photographer that Jerusha is.

Five for Fighting

Picture taken with a Nikon L110 on Sports Setting

I’d like to thank the Royal Kona Resort for hosting this great concert as well as John Ondrasik and Barry Flanagan for putting it on.

Royal Kona Resort Staff

Royal Kona Resort Staff

I look forward to returning to the resort on May 6th for the Toad the Wet Sprocket concert!

Royal Kona Resort Staff

Royal Kona Resort Staff

You can hear KBIG’s Keith Vachon’s interview with John Ondrasik here: Keith and John on the radio.

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