Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children got a special visit from an American icon Thursday.
Marie Osmond paid a visit on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity Osmond helped found. The organization has raised $6.5 billion over the past 35 years.
“I believe it was divinely inspired. All of these causes, and there’s a lot of great causes, but they all have to be treated, and it’s under the umbrella of Children’s Hospitals,” Osmond said. “We just wanted to do something different where 100 percent of the money raised actually goes to the kids and stays in the local area, and that’s how it was created.”
Osmond is in town for her upcoming show at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, which will also feature the original Osmond Brothers: Alan, Jay, Merrill, and Wayne.
“I brought them all over and I said, I don’t know how much longer they’re all going to be here, but I pulled two of them out of retirement, because the four have never been honored, and they are the whole reason we’re all here as a family,” Osmond said. “Wait ’til you hear the song that my brother, Alan, wrote. They wrote ‘Crazy Horses’ and ‘Down by the Lazy River,’ all their big hits, and he wrote this song as their last song to each other and to their fans, and guys. It’s incredible. This is really a night to remember.”
Saturday’s concert will also be Osmond’s first in Hawaii in her 50-year strong music career.
“It’s going to be so much fun. There’s humor in it. I’m going to be singing everything from country to opera. I performed on Broadway. We’ll do some things from ‘King and I’ and ‘Sound of Music,'” she teased.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and local comedian Andy Bumatai will be Osmond’s opening act.
Tune in Friday to see Osmond on Wake Up 2day Take2 and Living808.