Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Aina Fest 2017

2017 ʻĀina Fest

Presenters & Performing Arts

EVENT MCs

Dash Kuhr

Dash Kuhr

Dash Kuhr is the co-founder and director of Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture and is the lead facilitator for the organization. Dash has educated and mentored hundreds of youth and young adults on the benefits of healthy eating and hands-on gardening skills. Working with non-profit organizations, food cooperatives and farms, Dash has lead and developed numerous gardening and sustainability initiatives. Dash and his wife Erika conceived of ‘Aina Fest in 2010 out of a desire to share the abundant food and vast potential for healthy living in Niuli‘i and have produced the festival for 8 consecutive years.

Lanakila Mangauil

Lanakila Mangauil

Joshua Lanakilaoka`āinaikapono Mangauil is a Kanaka Maoli born and raised in Hāmākua, Honoka`a, of Hawai`i Island. Lanakila graduated from Kanu O Ka `Āina and became a Hawaiian studies teacher, working in public education and expanding to after school programs, community classes, college classes, international groups, and launching the effort to create The Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua in 2014. A student of Hālau Hula `o WaikāUNU under Kumu hula Kuwalu Anakalea, Lanakila is greatly influenced and guided by the drive of revitalizing traditional knowledge in higher education, encouraging community engagement and enlightenment. Lanakila’s steadfast devotion to his community and mission of protecting and reviving the health of `Āina is embedded in all teachings he shares. “Na Akua (the gods) dwell in all that brings life, I let them shape me. I am who I am because the earth is my chief, I heed its command. He ali’i ka ‘āina, he kauwa ke kanaka. (the land is chief, the people are the servants)”

PERFORMING ARTISTS

Dash Kuhr

Igknight Fire Tribe

Returning to Kohala Aina Festival this year is Igknight Fire Tribe, a Big Island based fire circus group consisting of members from almost every corner of The Big Island. Founded in 2015 Igknight has expanded to now specialize in everything from fire acrobatics to breathing fire and everything in between and is sure to light up any event! Igknight is an affiliate of Cirque Ohana a non profit organization dedicated to bringing circus arts to people of all ages!

Live Painting Presentation by Robyn Chance

Live Painting Presentation by Robyn Chance

“My perspective comes from both, the artist and the muse. Art alchemizes my heart; it serves as both a map and a tool for harmonizing all of the hurt and joy in my emotional world. I gently introduce one aspect of me into another, to hold hands, like two colors blending on the canvas, a duality within me unifies and beautifies as the painting emerges. When I’m giddy about an idea, a tingling feeling will send a chill up my spine, out through my hand and brush onto the canvas… I astonish myself to tears sometimes. I can hardly believe this stuff comes through me. How could I have ever doubted that I am special and worthy of love and belonging? *tears* I’m still a small child remembering that it’s okay to be myself, that I’m special and Universally provided for as I am. We ALL Are. I hope my heARTwork and lifestyle serves as a reminder of that to others in question.”

- Robyn Chance

Hula Halau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala

Hula Halau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala

Under the direction of Kohala raised Kumu Leia Lawrence, Hula Hālau o Kukui Aloha o Kohala has been blessed to actively share the love and light of hula within their local community and beyond since their founding in 2013, including three previous years at the Kohala 'Āina Festival.

With a focus on paying homage to the ʻāina (land) that sustains us, in honor of our kupuna (ancestors) who came before us and the generations to come after, Hula Hālau o Kukui Aloha o Kohala's mission is to perpetuate the precious indigenous culture of Hawai'i by honoring and caring for its sacred places through the storytelling of hula and chant and by living in close connection with the land.

Lavaroots Dance Company

Lavaroots Dance Company

Lavaroots Dance Company was founded on the Big Island in 2002.  The mission of Lavaroots Performing Arts is to explore and express authentic self and relationship to others through dance, music, culture, and education. They do this by offering a wide variety of dance and cultural programming in our Big Island schools, through a summer children's performing arts program, adult community classes and the Lavaroots Dance Company.  Lavaroots focuses on West African, Salsa, Hip hop and creative movement classes. To find out more about their work or take a class, visit www.lavaroots.com. Aloha and Mahalo.

Cirque Ohana

Cirque Ohana

For over 25 years, children on the Big Island have been soaring to new heights - whether on aerial trapezes, stilts, tall unicycles, or by juggling flaming torches - through the Hawaii Island Community Circus Unity Project, otherwise known as the “HICCUP” Circus. The HICCUP circus offered educational services to the public-at-large, with emphasis on elementary and intermediate school age children and teens, especially in underserved isolated rural communities, such as its home base in Puna Makai.The founder and ringmaster of this renowned program, Graham Ellis and his wife Dena Smith Ellis is now offering a new generation of circus arts through a newly established non profit organization called Cirque Ohana. Cirque Ohana staff and/or performers are available for education programs, entertainment at community events, baby luaus, and birthday parties. For more information, go to: http://www.cirqueohana.org/

Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua Hula Hui

Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua Hula Hui

Hula me ka Honua, is a community Hui dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian Culture through the vehicle of hula and oli. For almost a decade community members have come and participate in the journeys put forth by Lanakila Mangauil to deepen connection to these lands and inspire the community. This past year a branch of the Hui was dedicated to those able to commit under the teachings of Lanakila's Kumu hula, Kuwalu Anakalea of WaikāUNU. 

Grounded in founding a sense of place and offering  inspiration to all, Hula Me Ka Honua is honored to come and share at this year's 'Āina Fest from the neighboring moku of Hāmākua!

To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

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