Saturday, October 4, 2014,
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, McCarthy “Mall (map)” Honolulu, Hawai’i
Free Admission, Program
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The Hawai‘i Pacific Islands Kava Festival, also known in Hawai’i as the ‘Awa Festival, features many aspects of kava (‘awa) as central to culture for Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. The festival celebrates ‘awa as an important and fundamental aspect of Hawaiian culture and a treasure for Hawai’i’s people and the world.
The Kava Festival will feature live local music from Hawai’i’s hottest artists including:
*Māhiehie featuring Hālau Nā Mamo O Kahalelehua
*Ernie Cruz Jr
*Deep Roots Around Sound
And throughout the day:
‘Awa vending, ‘awa educational and cultural booths, ‘awa sampling, ‘awa plants, ‘apu (coconut shell cups used for drinking kava) making workshop by Ka Papa Lo’i o Kanewai (Hawai’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Manoa), preparation pa’i’ai/poi pounding also by Kanewai and Hui Kuʻiʻai o Mānoa (UH student RIO), lomi lomi massage, and other local vendors.
The Kava Festival will host a variety of informal talks in the ‘awa gardens on lauhala mats open to the public. In addition, a traditional Hawaiian kapu ‘awa ceremony will be performed by La‘akea Suganuma honoring VIPs who have made contributions to or are encouraged to be supportive of ‘awa in culture, education and science.
You are welcome to bring your own ‘awa, ‘apu, kanoa, lauhala or beach mat and find a spot under the trees to enjoy yourselves the entire day.
Finally please support future Kava Festivals and furthering better understanding and knowledge of ‘awa by contributing to the ‘Awa Development Council through donations or purchasing our new t-shirt design courtesy of Solomon Enos, Native Hawaiian artist.
I Maluhia ka Honua (So that the world may be at peace).