Country female duo Maddie and Tae, who topped the Billboard Country charts in December 2014 with their number one single “Girl in a Country Song,” will be taking the stage at the 7th Annual Hoedown For Hope on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 5-10:30 pm at Kilohana Plantation. The annual event is the premiere fundraising gala on Kauai to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Local Kauai Country group Not My First Rodeo will open the event with their original music and country covers. In addition to music and dancing, attendees will be treated to a one-of-a-kind gala experience with dinner featuring the flavors of the southwest, live and silent auctions, and games of challenge. Ron Mizutani, KHON Channel 2 news anchor, will serve as this year’s emcee. Former judge Clifford Nakea and his wife Gloria Nakea have been named the first-ever honorary chairpersons for their continued support of the Hoedown.

“We have always loved attending the Hoedown,” said the judge. “The organization and special touches that go into this event make it a one-of-a-kind experience and more importantly, the funds raised go to support a great cause,” added Gloria Nakea.

“This year is going to be record-breaking with our amazing entertainment lineup,” event co-chair José Aguayo said. “We are especially honored to have Maddie and Tae headline our event and anticipate that seats will sell out quickly. We are also excited to be auctioning a 2009 Brabus Cabriolet smart car that was donating by a Kauai family who has been a longtime supporter of the Hoedown and who lost a loved one to cancer.”

The vehicle currently is displayed at the King Auto Center showroom until the event when attendees will be able to bid on the car during the live auction period.

During February and March, local businesses will offer their support to the Hoedown For Hope with special promotions. The Sheraton Kauai Resort has selected the Hoedown For Hope as the recipient of its Table 53 program at RumFire Poipu Beach for the entire month where net food and beverage proceeds will benefit the event. From Feb. 15 to March 14, Geico Insurance will dedicate its “Cash for Calls” program to the Hoedown For Hope and donate $5 for each auto insurance quote inquiry received from Kauai. After 200 quotes are reached, Geico will donate $10 per phone quote.

“Year after year, our support from our business community is astounding,” said event co- chair Yvette Sahut. “The event’s continual success is a measure of our community’s dedication to finding a cure for cancer and helping Kauai residents battle this disease.”

King Auto Center is the presenting Platinum Buckle Sponsor of this year’s Hoedown For Hope. Joining in support is Silver Buckle Sponsors Sheraton Kauai Resort, Dupont Pioneer, Capt. Andy’s Sailing Adventures and Wilcox Hospital, as well as support from BAMP Productions, KONG Radio, The Garden Island Newspaper and Kaua‘i Midweek.

Doors to Hoedown For Hope at Kilohana Plantation will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and $1,500 per reserved table.

The American Cancer Society’s goal is to raise $70,000 to help fund cancer- related programs both nationally and in Kaua‘i’s community. Since its inception, the Hoedown For Hope has raised nearly $350,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available. For more
information or to purchase tickets, visit the website at or call event co-chairs José Aguayo at (808) 652-0610 or Yvette Sahut at (808) 754-5741. For updates on the event, “like” the Hoedown For Hope fan page on Facebook.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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