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In Any Clime and Place

Toys for Tots concert features MarForPac band, local artists

By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | December 09, 2009

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Singer Anita Hall sings ‘Joy to the World,’ accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' holiday concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released)

Singer Anita Hall sings ‘Joy to the World,’ accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' holiday concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released) (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Sherlock, performs a holiday medley before a crowd of more than 1,600 people during the Second Annual Na Mele o Na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released)

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Sherlock, performs a holiday medley before a crowd of more than 1,600 people during the Second Annual Na Mele o Na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released) (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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The Honolulu Boy Choir performs during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released)

The Honolulu Boy Choir performs during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil) (Released) (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Members of the Honolulu Boy Choir perform a traditional hula and sing during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

Members of the Honolulu Boy Choir perform a traditional hula and sing during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Local singer Steve Hott sings 'Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,' accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific band during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Dec. 9. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)::r::::n::

Local singer Steve Hott sings 'Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,' accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific band during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Dec. 9. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)::r::::n:: (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro performs one of his songs during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro performs one of his songs during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' concert Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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The audience watches as herald trumpeters from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band sound off during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert, sponsored by BAE Systems, a worldwide partner of the USO Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

The audience watches as herald trumpeters from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band sound off during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Toys for Tots concert, sponsored by BAE Systems, a worldwide partner of the USO Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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The artists featured during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children,' thank the crowd as the show ends at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Dec. 9. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

The artists featured during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children,' thank the crowd as the show ends at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Dec. 9. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Honorary Marine Cpl. Jim Nabors sings ‘Silent Night’ during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

Honorary Marine Cpl. Jim Nabors sings ‘Silent Night’ during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Jake Shimabukuro accompanies singer Anita Hall on ‘O Holy Night’ during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released)

Jake Shimabukuro accompanies singer Anita Hall on ‘O Holy Night’ during the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, 'Music for the Children' Dec. 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington) (Released) (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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HONOLULU -- Music and holiday cheer filled the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Dec. 9 for the Second Annual Na Mele o na Keiki, “Music for the Children,” sponsored by BAE Systems, a worldwide partner of the USO and benefitting the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band headlined the free show and local artists donated their time and talent for the holiday concert. Among the featured artists were the Honolulu Boy Choir, Danny Kaleikini, Carole Kai, Steve Hott, Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Hanaiali`i, Anita Hall and Jim Nabors.

“We’re very impressed by the professionalism and the attitudes displayed by the Marine band,” said Dawn Kalima, a Honolulu resident who enjoyed the show with her husband, brother-in-law and his wife. “It’s great to see so many local artists working hand-in-hand with the Marines to help Hawaii’s underprivileged kids in a time of such great need.”

The MarForPac band worked with several of the entertainers for weeks prior to the concert, quickly arranging compositions to compliment their various styles and musical backgrounds.

“We want to thank the Marines for everything they’ve done for so many years to bring smiles to the faces of Hawaii’s keiki (children),” said Danny Kaleikini, Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha. “It’s great to see our military and civilian ohana (family) come together for such a great cause.”

More than 1,600 people attended the show. Toys for Tots representatives were on hand accepting donations which amounted to more than 750 new toys and more than $3,000. This year’s goal is 45,000 toys. Every toy collected by Toys for Tots Hawaii will stay in Hawaii to be distributed to less-fortunate children.

As the holidays near, Toys for Tots will continue to accept donations at various locations across the islands. For more information on the program and drop-off locations, visit www.toysfortots.org.