Aina Fest 2017



Cirque ʻOhana

Cirque Ohana

Cirque Ohana is a new non profit organization serving the communities of North Hawaii and is excited to be sharing the fun of the circus at such a special and powerful community event!

Founded by Graham Ellis, best known for directing the “HICCUP circus” for 30 years, Cirque Ohana teaches ‘kids of all ages’ how to have fun with circus arts and presently offers programs at 6 local schools and at Kahilu Theatre. They also organize winter and summer circus camps open to everyone.

The Cirque team of instructors includes Ari Luce – Juggler and Clown, Kat Reuss- Aerialist and Acrobat, Vicky Roos – Aerialist and Dancer, Ray Rivera – Poi and Fire arts practitioner and several talented young apprentices. If you want to have fun with juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, acrobatics or aerial arts contact them

Igknight Fire Tribe

Igknight Fire Tribe is performing arts group specializing in fire dancing, object manipulation, and acrobatics based on the Big Island of Hawaii. Founded by members Ray Rivera and Jeramiah Morgan, Igknight Fire Tribe has something to offer any event! From intimate camp fires to full scale corporate events and beyond, Igknight is sure to light up any event!

Learn more about the Tribe

Yoga with Kelly Stern

Kelly Stern’s (ERYT-500hrs) passion for movement and stretching began at an early age. With a background in biogymnastics, Kelly continued to practice body oriented activities such as dance and other performing arts. While still in high school, Kelly took her first yoga class and instantly fell in love with the sensations it created. Kelly began practicing many different styles of physical yoga, including Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Anusara, Kundalini, and Sivananda. She knew right away that she wanted to share this passion with others. After completing the Bikram Training in 2007, Kelly began traveling and sharing yoga with others. She continued her yoga training in Bali in 2009 with Radiantly Alive’s 300hr Vinyasa training and returned to Bali to participate in the Level 2 modules where she completed her 500hr Advanced Teaching certification. Kelly has continued to travel, teaching mostly in Hawaii, Oregon, Florida, Costa Rica, and Bali. Kelly has studied with amazing teachers from all over the world and continues to work with and support teacher trainings in Bali and Hawaii. She feels blessed to have come across something in her life that she feels so passionate about and loves sharing it with others. She continues to grow as a student everyday.

Kelly will be offering yoga at 1:45 pm in the Main White Tent:

Ground Yourself Be expressive, be abundant, be grounded in the truth of who you are. Together we will move through awareness and intention to create a clear foundation for our day at Kohala Aina Festival. Through conscious breathing and movement, we will root deep into a grounding practice.

Learn more about Kelly

Hula Halau o Manaʻolana o Kohala Kumu Manaʻolana

Manaʻolana Keawe was born and raised in North Kohala on Hawai`i Island. In 1996, Manaʻolana joined Nā Huapala o Hawaiʻi, Halau Hula o Haʻalelea, which was founded by Kumu Hula Raylene Haʻalelea Kawaiaiʻa. As her student, she participated in the Kīlauea Volcanoe National Park, Kamehameha Day events, assisted in teaching students from Kohala Middle School and Ke kula ʻo Ehunuika malino, Hawaiʻi Imersion School in Kealakekua, Kona, and entered several Malia Craverʻs hula competions on Oahu.

In September 2008,Manaʻolana was invited to perform in Europe, in countries including Hungary, (Budapest), Poland (Warsaw), and the Czech Republic (Prague) with Kumu Raylene as her olapa. She was her dedicated student untill her kumu's passing. On July 2012, Hula Halau o Manaʻolana o Kohala was formed in North Kohala. She has supported and participated in many events throughout the community. She has also participated in the rights to Uniki as a Kumu, with Kumu Keala Ching. Her goal is to teach Hawaiian Culture and to pass along all she has learned from her nā Kumu.

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