Date: November 30, 2010
Release Number: 128/10

CONTACT:
Nancy Daniels, APR, PR Director
Outrigger Enterprises Group
Phone: 808-921-6839
Email: nancy.daniels@outrigger.com

Nick Kawakami, ManoaDNA
Phone: 1-800-998-5506 x1
Email: info@manoadna.com

Outrigger Reef’s Kani Ka Pila Grille Joins ManoaDNA in Group’s Second Annual Toy Drive
100% of the toys will go to Toys for Tots and the Lokahi Tree to be given to Hawaii families this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release

Oahu, Honolulu, HawaiiI – For the second year in a row, island music group ManoaDNA will be hosting a toy drive benefiting Hawaii’s families. Joining the effort this year is Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, where ManoaDNA performs weekly each Saturday evening.

On December 11th, members of the U.S. Marines, ManoaDNA, and volunteers will be on-hand from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Outrigger Reef’s Kani Ka Pila Grille to collect toys that will be distributed to two Hawaii charities helping Hawaii families this holiday season. Toys should be unwrapped, new or unused, with 100% of the donations going to both Toys for Tots and the Lokahi Tree.

According to ManoaDNA’s Alex Kawakami, “The Kani Ka Pila Grille is a perfect location for this event because people can come down, drop off their donation, and enjoy great food, drink, and entertainment.”

Kawakami also said they hope to surpass last year’s donations with this year’s drive. “Last year we donated a dozen trash bags full of toys. This year, with a lot more planning and new partners like the folks at Kani Ka Pila Grille and the Outrigger Reef, we hope to get twice that amount and really help Hawaii’s families this holiday season.”

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“We’re so pleased to be a part of ManoaDNA’s efforts to help make the holidays brighter for some of our island keiki whose families find themselves in need,” said Luana Maitland, Kani Ka Pila Grille’s hostess and ambassador of aloha. “Our island community is so generous; I have no doubt we’ll have a tremendous outpouring of giving from our local residents. I also expect those visitors who are at Kani Ka Pila Grill that evening will drop a few dollars in the basket once they learn what’s happening.”

People dropping off toys between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on December 11th will enjoy the talents of the keiki of Halau Hula o Maiki who will perform in the front lobby of the Outrigger Reef. ManoaDNA will take the Kani Ka Pila stage from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m for a spirited evening of holiday cheer and entertainment.

The Kani Ka Pila Grille also has gotten into the generous spirit. The restaurant’s happy hour menu and prices normally available from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. only will be extended throughout the evening to those patrons who bring in a donation on December 11th.

If people can’t make it to Kani Ka Pila Grille for the toy drive but would still like to donate, ManoaDNA has setup alternate ways for people to help. First, donations can be dropped off at the group’s main drop-off site – the IOLANI on Kona Street retail store. Located at 1234 Kona Street, second floor above Side Street Inn, IOLANI on Kona Street will be happy to collect any toy donations before December 11th.

Second, donations can be purchased on-line and sent directly to ManoaDNA. The group has set up an Amazon.com Wish List containing a list of toys for donation. Anyone can log onto the wish list, purchase their donation, and Amazon.com will ship it directly to ManoaDNA! Plus, if they spend $25 or more, shipping is free! Just be sure to have all donations arrive before December 10th. For complete details about online donations, visit www.ManoaDNA.com.

Toy donations only and any donation must be unwrapped and new or unused. ManoaDNA will be posting updates throughout the evening of December 11th on their twitter feed (www.twitter.com/manoadna).

ManoaDNA is a band consisting of father Lloyd Kawakami, and sons Nick and Alex. They can be found twice a week in Waikiki (every Saturday at Kani Ka Pila Grill) or on the net at ManoaDNA.com. This is the second year of hosting a toy drive, and 100% of the donations will be given to Hawaii charities helping Hawaii families.

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About Kani Ka Pila Grille
Kani Ka Pila Grille opened in the spring of 2009 at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach and offers casual open-air dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since its opening, this casual poolside restaurant and bar has become the place for not only great food but also real local music with an exceptional lineup of some of the islands most renowned island musicians as Cyril Pahinui, Kaukahi, Weldon Kekauoha and ManoaDNA. Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For reservations, call 808-924-4993.

About Outrigger Reef on the Beach
The oceanfront anchor of the new Waikiki Beach Walk®, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is ideally situated between beautiful Waikiki Beach and exciting Waikiki. The hotel recently completed a stunning $110 million makeover and has been transformed into Oahu’s newest haven of elegance, gracious hospitality and unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture. The property encompasses two towers with enlarged guest rooms and superbly appointed suites, beachfront restaurants, new shops, a day spa featuring specialty services and products by Aveda, and an array of services. The adjacent Waikiki Beach Walk® is Oahu’s spirited and stylish entertainment destination, home to shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and accommodations spanning a nearly eight-acre area in Waikiki.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western® and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 42 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

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