More than 300 people who came out for a luau and concert benefiting Japan were treated to a surprise performance by Colbie Caillat, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter best known for her double-platinum debut album “Coco” (2007).
Caillat turned up at Grace basketball courts with the show’s official headliner – her boyfriend, Justin Kawika Young, a Hawaiian pop artist who also plays guitar for Caillat. Young called Caillat to the stage to perform “Turn Your Lights Down Low” and “I Never Told You.”
Young accepted an urgent call from members of the Hawaii Club, Asian Club and Friends, and Action Abroad Alliance to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami. The April event – dubbed All Attached for Japan after Young’s album “All Attached” – raised $2,300 for work in Japan by the nonprofit Relief International.
The event also featured hula dancing, Hawaiian food and a presentation on the tragedy in Japan for the gathered students, staff members and community residents. Energized by their success, the student organizers are talking about a similar fundraiser for next year.