The Hilton Hawaiian Village plans to host a fundraising concert at the end of April to raise at least $1 million for the Institute of Human Services to continue its work to reduce the homeless population in Waikiki. Jerry Gibson, the area vice president for Hilton Hawaii, commented, "We want the community to line up behind us for IHS so that we can put a real big effort into giving them as much as we can so that they can have the tools to do their job to end homelessness." Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell stated, "What's taking place in Waikiki is a testament to what can happen when the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together, and we hope to continue this collaborative approach."
Rick Egged, the president of the Waikiki Improvement Association, added, "Frankly, I agree with those that say the problem is not solved, but I believe that they've made fantastic progress. The fact that we are on the right track shows that we can get results with the money that's been raised. The outreach and services that are happening now weren't available a year ago."