The funding came from U.S. Senator Dan Inouye's earmarks, contained in appropriations to Department of Education grant. Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO) and U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
96 pieces of Banda Kawayan (Bamboo) Instruments were purchased, enough for a performing group from 16 to 32 people. The instruments cost approximately $6,150 plus packing, documentation, transport and custom's brokerage. Two crates weighing 450 lbs were flown in "gratis" by Hawaiian Airlines. The bamboo instruments composed of:
- 2 pcs small Marimba
- 2 pcs large Marimba
- 54 pcs Angklung (1 set, 2 octaves )
- 3 pcs Kalatok (1 set)
- 1 pc Kiskis or Bamboo Scratcher
- 14 pcs Mallet
- 18 pcs Tongatong
- 2 pcs Kalagong
These bamboo instruments were handcrafted by Prof. Siegfredo B. Calabig, Instrument Maker and Music Director of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Rossini Icabales Calabig and Jaime Fadul Calabig were flown from Manila to Honolulu to teach how to tune, maintain and play the instruments from October 15, 2009 through November 13, 2009. Local trained instructors include: Leo Delgado, Pike Velasco, Gladys Ganitano and Arceli Rebollido.