Help While You Taste at the Spirits of Aloha Fundraiser for Napa and Sonoma Fire Victims


We all of have seen the horrible and tragic images of entire neighborhoods in Sonoma County burned to the ground and feel the despair of thousands of residents who have lost their homes, and many their lives. As you know, the fires have been contained, but many Napa Valley vineyards have been destroyed or ruined and an entire economy is in chaos in the region as tourism has evaporated. I invite you to share your Aloha with our Northern California neighbors.

365Kona is teaming up with the owners of Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in the heart of Kailua Kona town and Kona Wine Market to host a benefit for the Sonoma County Resilience Fund  and the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund. to support the mid- to long-term needs of their communities as they recover from the devastation from the fires.

What: Spirits of Aloha-A Benefit for WildFire Victims of Napa and Sonoma Counties 

When: Mon. November 6th from 5:30-8 pm

Where: Gertrude’s Jazz Bar


Includes Gertrude’s Tasty Tapas and Pupu’s, tastes of Napa and Sonoma fine red and white wines and live music.

All proceeds will benefit Sonoma County Resilience Fund and Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund. 

The Kona Wine Market will be sharing information about the wines being tasted, the winery (many of whom have been directly impacted by the fires) and the region. Take a unique tasting trip to wine country while we support the growers and vintners and share our aloha. All wines being tasted will be available to purchase by the glass or the bottle.

With all the tragedies that have happened in America this year, you may ask why am I choosing to focus on helping this region? Because I am a Northern California native and I led many spirited wine tours with my friends and guests to vineyards on Highway 12 and along the Silverado Trail. I love Napa Valley wine and I know, from my time talking to the vintners there, just as I have learned so much from talking story to the coffee farmers here, that when there is a crisis in the environment, a flood, a pest, a fire, it affects everyone in the area AND all those that love the product that is produced there.

If you are a wine lover like me, come taste, meet some new people, bring your friends and let’s send some much needed Aloha to those affected most by these tragic wildfires.

Thanks Marlina, Greg and Kira of Gertrude’s Jazz Bar for the donation of their beautiful space on the second floor overlooking Kailua Bay and the tapas being served during the event. Thank you to Howard and Sterling from the Kona Wine Market for choosing the wines and offering their expertise in discussing the wines and the region.


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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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