Kona Comedy Shows to Support the Wounded Warrior Project

Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse & The Frisky Seal announced plans to host a 2-night, 2-show comedy festival featuring 5 stand-up comics from around the islands to assist service members who have been injured in the line of duty. All proceeds from the Big Island Comedy Fest! will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

Comedy Show Benefit

Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

2 shows: Fri. Nov. 29, Sat. Nov. 30 – 7:30pm – Featuring 5 comedians each night from the islands: Michael C. Hall of Oahu, Chino LaForge of Maui, Kaleo Naiga of Oahu, Aaron Sheehan of the Big Island, Kristen Sprague of the Big Island –  **SPECIAL GUEST (FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW ONLY): Sandy Choi of the Big Island

Big Island's own Sandy Choi

Big Island’s own Sandy Choi

Tickets: $25 presale, $30 at the door. There is a 2-drink minimum with a portion going to WWP. Also a silent auction will be auctioning off products and services from local businesses with all proceeds going to WWP. Tickets can be purchased at Humpy’s,  Frisky Seal,  Soundwave Music in the Old Industrial Area and Music Exchange in the King Kamehameha Mall.

Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse hosted a lanai sunset dinner for 10 Wounded Warriors in October, and is a proud supporter of our troops putting themselves in harm’s way. Event organizer, John Ruiz Jr., is a volunteer and fundraiser (and USAF veteran) for the Kona VFW Post 12122, and the West Hawaii Special Olympics delegation. A 5-year Special Olympics’ coach, and is co-organizer of the 2012 & 2013 Special Olympics Bus Pull Competition.

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Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse and the Frisky Seal are the paramount pubs in Kona for beer lovers. Now it’s the place for comedy too!

About Wounded Warrior Project TM

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org

Coming Up – Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

More than 20 restaurants are participating in Kailua Village Business Improvement District’s 2nd Annual Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week September 18 through 24. Participating restaurants will offer specially crafted dinner menus throughout Historic Kailua Village priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. Additional special values will be offered at quick service dining establishments.

Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

“We’re pleased that with so many restaurant choices, dining out during Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week truly delivers excellent values. We’re also excited about the innovative three-course dinner menus we’re seeing planned,” said KVBID President Eric von Platen Luder. “Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week is an ideal time to return to the water’s edge, support a favorite restaurant one night and visit a new one another night.”

Participating restaurants currently include Bistro Yokohama, Blazin Steaks Kona, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Cathee’s Kitchen, Dave’s Ice Cream, Don the Beachcomber, Huggo’s, Huggo’s On The Rocks, Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse, Island Lava Java, Kona Brewing Company, Kona Canoe Club, Kona Inn Restaurant, Krua Thai Cuisine, Mike’s Just Barbecuing, Quinn’s Almost By the Sea, Splasher’s Grill, Tante’s Restaurant, The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steak and Ultimate Burger.

Anheuser Busch Sales of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, HFM Foodservice and West Hawaii Today are partnering with KVBID as supporting sponsors of Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week. The event officially begins Sunday, September 18 in conjunction with Kokua Kailua, when Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace. To launch Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week, Hawaiian reggae songstress Paula Fuga, who has collaborated with the likes of Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, will perform a free concert at September’s Kokua Kailua beginning at 5pm.

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details and a link for a sneak peak at menu offerings posted to date. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week menus to the site.