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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

More than toys for the ‘keiki’

By Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez | | December 01, 2011

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A dancer from the Hawaii State Ballet performs a scene from “The Nutcracker” during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The Hawaii State Ballet performed with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band and local artists, and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

A dancer from the Hawaii State Ballet performs a scene from “The Nutcracker” during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The Hawaii State Ballet performed with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band and local artists, and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Tyler Lee Main)


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Members of the Hawaiian State Ballet perform a Chinese dance from “The Nutcracker” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert was an opportunity for the community to make donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

Members of the Hawaiian State Ballet perform a Chinese dance from “The Nutcracker” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert was an opportunity for the community to make donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Cpl. Jeremy Catledge, trombone player for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, and guest entertainer Ginai sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert showcased guest artists including Jim Nabors, Henry Kapono and many others.

Cpl. Jeremy Catledge, trombone player for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, and guest entertainer Ginai sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert showcased guest artists including Jim Nabors, Henry Kapono and many others. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Musicians with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band sing Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert showcased guest artists including Jim Nabors, Henry Kapono and many others.

Musicians with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band sing Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The concert showcased guest artists including Jim Nabors, Henry Kapono and many others. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Honorary Marine Corporal Jim Nabors sings “Silent Night” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (music for the children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. Nabors, well known for his role as “Gomer Pyle,” was made an honorary Marine corporal in 2007.

Honorary Marine Corporal Jim Nabors sings “Silent Night” at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (music for the children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. Nabors, well known for his role as “Gomer Pyle,” was made an honorary Marine corporal in 2007. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific passes out “Doot-duh-doos” to the children at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (music for the children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. Thiessen treated the audience by teaching the children to play “Jingle Bells,” singing “doot-duh-doo” into the small plastic tubes.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific passes out “Doot-duh-doos” to the children at the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (music for the children) Holiday Concert at the Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. Thiessen treated the audience by teaching the children to play “Jingle Bells,” singing “doot-duh-doo” into the small plastic tubes. (Photo by Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Staff Sgt. Andres Trujillo (left) and Lance Cpl. Thomas L. Serrante, guitarists for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, entertain a large crowd during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

Staff Sgt. Andres Trujillo (left) and Lance Cpl. Thomas L. Serrante, guitarists for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, entertain a large crowd during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Tyler Lee Main)


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Aidan James, a 10-year old ukulele player and singer, covers Justin Bieber’s song “Mistletoe” during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

Aidan James, a 10-year old ukulele player and singer, covers Justin Bieber’s song “Mistletoe” during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Tyler Lee Main)


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Henry Kapono, professional musician, singer and songwriter, collaborates with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band to play one of his original songs during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

Henry Kapono, professional musician, singer and songwriter, collaborates with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band to play one of his original songs during the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The band performed with local guest artists and Marines collected donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Tyler Lee Main)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, presents Henry Kapono, professional musician, singer and songwriter, his personal challenge coin after the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. Thiessen gave a coin to each of the local performers after the concert. The concert was an opportunity for the community to make donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, presents Henry Kapono, professional musician, singer and songwriter, his personal challenge coin after the Fourth Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 1. Thiessen gave a coin to each of the local performers after the concert. The concert was an opportunity for the community to make donations to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii Program. (Photo by Cpl. Tyler Lee Main)


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HONOLULU, Hawaii -- If Santa had any worries about making enough toys for the less fortunate keiki (children) of Hawaii, with the help of the Marines he can now confidently visit many Oahu homes and fill any unused Christmas tree spaces.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and BAE Systems held the 4th Annual Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center here Dec. 1. The event featured the MarForPac Band and was MarForPac’s gift to the community and an opportunity to support the Toys for Tots program.

Every year, as the holiday season draws near, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Reserve conducts a nation-wide donation program in order to provide gifts for the less fortunate children in the U.S.

At the concert, hundreds of toys and more than $2,000 were donated, but the real gift was the show put on the by the band.

The concert was not only a holiday event, but also a chance for the band to share some Marine Corps customs with the audience. Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander, MarForPac, and the audience took their turns rattling the Blaisdell Center with motivating “ooh-rah’s” just before the start of music.

The MarForPac Band, along with guest performers such as 10-year-old Aidan James, Hawaiian Soul and Henry Kapono rocked the audience into the holiday spirit.

“I came out for the Marines and the military and to be here to enjoy everyone on Christmas … the joy of being here and the Aloha,” said Henry Kapono.

Hawaiian State Ballet performed the Sugar Plum Fairy and other dances, which brought a needed Christmas delicacy to the event as they pranced around the stage.

Local duo HAPA added a mellow holiday flair to the program.

Jim Nabors, honorary Marine corporal, made a special appearance and sang “Silent Night” and “Little Drummer Boy.”

Romance was the only theme missing until Cpl. Jeremy Catlidge, trombone player for MarForPac Band, and Ginai performed “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with guest guitarist Chris Vandercook.

After the musical performances, Thiessen had a treat for the audience as well. He invited children to the stage and passed out “Doot-duh-doos.” After sharing a story about his musical abilities as a child, he demonstrated how to play “Jingle Bells” by singing “doot-duh-doo” into the small plastic tubes.

As the concert ended, Santa made a surprise appearance and thanked the audience for helping him gather toys for the children.

This concert helped Marines and the Hawaii community bond for the holidays.

“It joins the Marines with the community musically,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael W. Smith, the officer in charge of the MarForPac Band. “This is the town where our home is, where our spouses go to work and our children go to school. It’s not just a show to entertain. It’s a show to embrace our community.”