21 Dec 2018

It’s just a few days until Christmas and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has been busy with its 12 Days of Giving.

Starting December 1, the staff at the HSO reached out to local non-profits across the island, looking for ways to support and help their mission.

“We began by sponsoring a food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank,” explains Jonathan Parrish, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s executive director. “Up until December 21, when you dropped off a bag of food at the HSO Box Office, we gave those donors a Buy One Get One FREE ticket to any upcoming concert in our 2018/2019 season. It was our pleasure to partner with The Hawaii Foodbank to help ensure that others in our community have the comfort of a holiday meal.”

“We are extremely grateful to partner with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and truly appreciate its leaders’ desire to help provide a voice for Hawaii’s hungry,” said Hawaii Foodbank president and CEO Ron Mizutani. “The holidays can be a very stressful time for those in need. No one should ever have to worry about food, especially our kupuna and keiki. Mahalo nui loa to Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and its many loyal supporters for making a difference in our community.”

“In addition to supporting the food drive efforts of the Hawaii Foodbank, the HSO is also supporting other non-profits in the community by giving the gift of music through its 12 Days of Giving campaign through the month of December. We partnered with 12 non-profits, providing them with tickets for underserved families, youth, seniors and individuals in need on our island,” explains Heather Arias de Cordoba, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s marketing director. “It’s our goal to give the gift of music to as many individuals and families as we can this holiday season by partnering with our fellow non-profits. Through these groups, at-risk youth, foster care children, veterans, seniors, families with ill children and families in need will receive free tickets to our Halekulani Masterworks programs, and our musicthatPOPS and musicthatROCKS concerts. It’s one easy way that we can give back to a community that has given us so much support.”

Non Profit Partners for 12 Days of Giving 2018

Back to School Hawaii

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i

Family Programs Hawaii

Friends of the McCully-Mo’ili’ili Public Library

Hawaii Foodbank

Hawaii Senior Life

Hawaii Youth Symphony


Ronald McDonald House Charities

Temple Emanu-El


Wounded Warrior Ohana