Comedian Jo Koy is doing what he can to help the people of Hawaii in light of two major disasters.
While he may not be from Hawaii, Koy says the islands hold a special place in his heart.
Last November, he was honored by the city for setting a record: selling more than 23,000 tickets for 11 sold-out shows at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
So when he saw the historic flooding on Kauai, and the ongoing eruption and evacuations on Hawaii island, he knew he had to help.
“I was just kind of saddened that there’s not more awareness out there. When I saw the footage, my mouth dropped. I was like, oh my God. It was more severe than I thought,” Koy told KHON2. “I want everyone to donate. You don’t need to send a thousand dollars. You can send a dollar. Fifty cents. As long as a lot of us do it, they’re going to get the money they need, and like I said man, when you go to the office today, you don’t need that Frappucino.”
“I love you, and just know there’s a voice out here on the mainland spreading it. I’m telling everybody I know, and I’m going to raise as much as I can, awareness, and I’ll use my social media platform to do all I can to help, that’s for sure,” he said.
Koy mentioned the American Red Cross, which runs the evacuation shelters, and offers logistical and emotional support services for displaced families.
KHON2 has also compiled a list of ways the public can donate, whether it be money, time and service, or household items. Click here for more information.