Recently, the Kohala Community held a benefit for the residents of Tanohata, Japan. The Tanohata Village was devastated by the tsunami that hit Japan. According to Mayor Kanji Kamitsukue of Tanohata, as of April 30, 2011, 18 people were dead and 22 were missing, 583 houses were damaged and over 540 people were forced to live as refugees.
Tanohata was selected because it is a small community much like Kohala and has a cost line that very much resembles the lush Kohala coast.
Kohala resident Hana Kuwabara Anderson coordinated the event.