6th Annual Kohala 'Aina Festival
Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture presents:
The 6th Annual Kohala 'Aina Festival
December 5th, 2015 3pm-9pm; Gates open at 2pm
at Inhabit Farms in Kapa'au, HI
A Makahiki Celebration and Fundraiser to Grow the Local Food Movement
The Kohala 'Aina Festival is a celebration of local harvest, small farmers and the growing movement for island-wide food security. This year's festival will feature the returning musical talent of world-renowned Nahko and Medicine for the People. They will be joined by a line-up of outstanding island-based musicians including Mike Love, Chris Berry, Tubby Love, Hāwane Rios, Dustin Thomas, Hualalai Keohuloa, Ka'ahele & Ydine, Llosh & Found, and Foster & Friends. Join us for a day of celebration filled with Hula dancing, African drumming, Circus arts, educational workshops and an abundance of organically grown, farm-fresh food & drinks!
Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Family-friendly, drug and alcohol free event.
The Kohala 'Aina Festival is an annual fundraiser to support the Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture, a non-profit organization. 100% of proceeds raised support residential farmer trainings and youth education programs in North Kohala, Hawai'i. Donations are tax-deductible.
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery. Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko's music "beautiful and stirring." Nahko describes his music as a mix of hip-hop and folk rock with a world message.
Soulful singer and songwriter born and raised in O'ahu. Has shared the stage with bands such as Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and has worked directly with Paula Fuga, Jah Gumby of Father Psalms Studios, Bambu Station, Ooklah the Moc, John Cruz, Tavana and many others. http://www.mikelovemusic.com
Grammy award winner Chris Berry is an eclectic singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and high-energy performer and teacher of African-Inspired Drum, Dance, Mbira, Marimba and more. From his humble beginning during Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, he has blasted his powerful Afro-infused sound around the World for over twenty years and has been collaborating and performing with some of the World's best performers.Chris was born and raised in California where he began his apprenticeship with Master Drummer Titos Sompa (one of the founders of the African drum and dance scene on the West Cost of the U.S.) as a fifteen year old boy. This relationship led him into a ten year journey through Africa. Eight of these years were spent in Zimbabwe during the Mugabe Regime. During this tumultuous political period, Chris found himself living in the ghettos and villages of Zimbabwe where he sought to study the music of the Shona people, adding to his growing repertoire of Traditional African Music. He became initiated by the village elders into their heritage, mastered the Mbira, and learned to speak their language fluently. Immersed in the culture of all-night Mbira Ceremonies, Chris found his voice singing among the polyrhythmic harmonies commonly found throughout Zimbabwe and most of South Africa. It was soon after that his musical career took off. Encouraged by his teachers to create his own compositions, he formed the band Panjea which fused Funk with elements of Hip-Hop, Afro-Pop, and traditional African music. The band quickly had No. 1 hits on the radio, toured all over Africa, and reached Platinum Record Sales on an album they recorded with Zimbabwean-based Gramma Records. As Chris Berry and Panjea's popularity rapidly grew, Chris was warned to leave Zimbabwe due to his lyrical opposition to the oppressing government, and instructions from his teachers to take his music out to the world, but it wasn't until four of Panjea's band members succumbed to AIDS and attempts were made on his own life that Chris left Zimbabwe. http://chrisberrymusic.org/
Born in the concrete jungles of babylon USA, Tubby Love's life experience is woven into a unique blend of roots rock reggae. His music is a passionate testimony of unity and the challenges of separation, bridging the gap between artist and audience. With honest engaging lyrics and an energizing presence, Tubby Love has cross-genre appeal and represents a soulful expression of truths both personal and universal.Sharing the stage with musical inspirations like John Brown's Body, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and The Wailers in recent past, and collaborating with artists such as Cas Haley, Dustin Thomas, and Paul Izak as well as releasing a full collaboration album (Love is Alive) featuring bands like Passafire, Dopapod, and Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Tubby Love embraces the intersection of modern day music while refining his own voice as a solo performer. Looking forward to deepening and expanding his roots in 2014, Tubby Love will be touring Costa Rica, Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii and the mainland United States in the months to come, with plans for new releases and continued community activism. http://www.tubbylovemusic.com
I come from the small country town of Waimea on Hawai'i Island, nestled in the protection of the majestic and sacred Mauna Kea. My roots stretch from the rolling hills of Kohala to the sandy beaches of 'Ānaeho'omalu. My connection to the Earth Mother is deep and true for my family, Pua Case and Kalani Flores have raised my sister Kapulei and I to know that the Earth is as much a part of us as we are a part of it. The beautiful power of the elements has served as inspiration for my musical compositions strengthening my connection and respect for this land as I continue to sing my praises for this world. The gentle breeze that touches my skin to the comforting feeling of the seas embrace captures my heart and inspires me to honor them with song. I have learned that music sends out a kind of healing vibration that holds the power of change in its core. It is never ending and travels onward touching souls one chord at a time. My hope is to write and lift my voice in honor of those who came before, those who live now, and those who are yet to come.
Inhabit Farms (View)
53-4223 Pratt Road
Kapa'au, HI 96755
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