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The Hongo Music Education Center

Randy and Gay Hongo have had a vision since December 2000 for The Hongo Music Education Center, a place where musicians can gather to learn about music and prepare for service to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the years since then, our vision has expanded to include the community as a whole as we want to offer music appreciation and music enjoyment classes to people of all ages, especially to children who find music classes cut from the public school curriculum and to seniors who would gather for fun musical activities.

In September 2012, Kalihi Union Church generously offered Christian Vision a plot of land on the church campus at 2214 North King Street. Since that time, we and a small committee have been strategizing and planning a fundraising campaign to raise money to build The Hongo Music Education Center.

Here are some details about this new endeavor.

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To raise $2.5 million to build a two-story, 4,000 square foot building
Approximately $560,000 has been raised to date.

Chuck McLemore, Sherry Robinson and Beth Lum of Creative Fundraising Associates, LLC

Glenn Murata of Richard Matsunaga and Associates

The first phase of the fundraising campaign involved reaching out to island foundations, sharing our vision and requesting grants. We are waiting to hear from these foundations, trusting that the Lord will speak to some of them about partnering with us on this worthy project.

The second phase of fundraising will begin this spring as we reach out to individuals and families who may want to contribute specific amounts and allow them a way to honor and memorialize loved ones. We have contacted Richard Vierra, noted island designer, who has created graphics for organizations like Hawaii Baptist Academy and Sacred Hearts Academy. As people contribute gifts, they purchase a “tile” on which may be inscribed the names of loved ones to whom they can dedicated the tile. Several hundred of these tiles will be fashioned by Mr. Vierra into a beautiful image. With Hawaii Baptist, the stunning image is that a soaring eagle, the school mascot. With Sacred Hearts, the design is a flowering tree, symbolic of the life and growth taking place on the school campus.

For Christian Vision, Richard will create something musical - perhaps a grand piano with musical notes emanating from its interior. We are awaiting his final design.

There are three amounts that donors can give: $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000, with the different amounts corresponding with various size tiles. We are grateful for whatever gifts people are able to give to The Hongo Music Education Center.

Larger gifts can also be given with naming opportunities available for the donor: large practice rooms, small practice rooms, a rehearsal facility, a music library, the main office, and a multi-purpose studio can all be named in honor of loved ones for gifts of $15,000 and above.

We are confident that the Lord will raise the necessary funds for this, His Music Education Center. In years to come, we trust that the Hongo Music Education Center will be a place where the Lord's name will be glorified, where people will come to learn about and appreciate music, where preparation can be made for a life of musical service to the Lord Jesus Christ, and where people of all ages can truly experience the joy of making music in a positive, life-enhancing environment.

If you wish to give to The Hongo Music Education Center, please click here and download PDF file, fill it out and mail to: Christian Vision, P.O. Box 31124, Honolulu, HI 96820.


     Phone numbers: 834-1000 (home), 286-1778 (cell)

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Thank you for your love and support of this ministry.

Aloha in Jesus,

Randy and Gay Hongo

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