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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Nick Hernandez and Common Sense to headline Kahuna Concert for a Cause on March 7

Kahuna Cares Foundation, a local nonprofit providing support for organizations that help enrich the lives of people with special needs, will host the 5th annual Kahuna Concert for a Cause on Saturday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at OC Tavern in San Clemente, featuring Laguna Beach’s own Common Sense to headline the event.

Kahuna Concert for a Cause raises money for people with special needs. In doing so, Kahuna Cares also pays tribute to the late Terry “Tubesteak” Tracy, who sparked the inspiration for the role of the Big Kahuna in the Gidget movie craze, honoring his legacy of love for local organizations that help the special needs community. He was the inspiration for his daughter, Jennifer Tracy, to found Kahuna Cares Foundation.

Every year over 500 people attend this community event. This year the concert includes the musical stylings of Laguna Beach’s own Common Sense, The Pollen Collective of San Clemente, and a performance by special guest Brandon Jenner of Malibu.

Common Sense is homegrown. Guitarists Sherman and Gough and the band’s lead singer Nick Hernandez all attended Laguna Beach High School together. Every year the band has performed at the Kahuna Concert for a Cause to support Kahuna Care’s mission of helping local programs for individuals with special needs.

Nick Hernandez with kids

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Courtesy of Kahuna Cares Foundation website

Nick Hernandez of Common Sense, pictured with special friends, will perform with the band at the 5th annual Kahuna Concert for a Cause event on March 7 

Common Sense is involved with the concert because we back the Kahuna Cares Foundation with all of our hearts,” Nick Hernandez said.

“Being able to raise money and give back to the special kids, while being able to honor my dad, who was so unique and saw the good in everyone, would make this exciting event in his name a success across the board,” said Kahuna Cares founder Jennifer Tracy.

Funds raised from the event will benefit organizations that help enhance the lives of people with special needs – Surfers Healing, San Clemente High School STEPS Program, and Teri College. 

“I knew the icon ‘Tubesteak’ personally. His support at the Surfers Healing events was felt by all. He would tell stories about music in his day and the importance of giving back,” Hernandez said. “Giving and volunteering are essential for the happiness and health of our community.” 

Kahuna Cares is also excited to offer Zuggy Etc ( shirts, treats, and gifts for sale at this year’s concert. “Zuggy Etc was founded by three best friends who have autism and create, draw, and design each item. It has given the boys pride in their creativity and pride in their teamwork, something my dad instilled and encouraged everyone to do,” Tracy said. “They have inspired others and changed countless lives by helping other people with special needs.” 

“The community has supported the annual Kahuna Concert for a Cause for the past five years. My dad would love this event. Having family, friends, and the community all together was always important to him,” said Tracy. 

For more information, how to donate, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets for the 5th annual Kahuna Concert for a Cause, please visit or call (949) 370-1083. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

OC Tavern is located at 2369 S El Camino Real, San Clemente.


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