Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Aina Fest 2017

8th ANNUAL ʻĀINA FEST

MUSICAL LINEUP

Mike Love

Mike Love

Mike Love is one of reggae music’s rising stars. Born and raised in O‘ahu, Hawai‘i to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. On his debut album, “The Change I’m Seeking”, Mike Love fuses the simple rhythms of classic reggae with the complex changes of the classical and rock music he was first trained on to come up with a style wholly unique to him. Mike is currently wrapping up his second album titled Love Will Find A Way. His message, his passion and the wisdom behind his words truly resonate with his fans. His songs take you on a journey, one of healing and inspiration. One designed to help you on your path to knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Revolutionary, Conscious, Music.

Makana

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Makana

Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from opera houses to The White House. He has released 8 records, most recently a music video anthem, “Fire is Ours”, for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Makana is active in building and nurturing community and awareness in food and nutrition, land, economic inequity, government policy, health and spiritual growth. His hobbies include growing food and sowing clarity through philosophy on his blog, Mind Mints. In 2012 he appeared in the film “Kamehameha Monsanto” exposing secret land leases in Hawai‘i to chemical giant Monsanto, which birthed a statewide movement to regulate the activities of biotech companies in Hawai’i.

Tubby Love and Amaber Lily

Tubby Love and Amber Lily

From the garden to the globe, Tubby Love and Amber Lily are gathering the tribe. Music has been the catalyst for deepening their connection to life and also a bridge for sharing their journey with others. Calling the island of Kauai home has set forth a Roots Family movement involving regenerative land and energy practices connecting communities inter-island and worldwide. Tubby and Amber have been blessed to create a soundtrack for this movement alongside artists like Medicine For The People, Dustin Thomas, Wookiefoot, Trevor Hall, Mike Love, Nattali Rize, Paul Izak, Rising Appalachia, Cas Haley, as well as other artists with a similar message. In a time of much needed change, Tubby and Amber are unifying the people through music and addressing real issues to inspire solutions.

Ron Artis

Ron Artis II

Ron Artis II has a love for music, that would only be complete with the love for speaking the truth as well. Writing songs since as long as he can remember, Ron started on the guitar at age 13. He has shared the stage with Mick Fleetwood, Jack Johnson, Booker T Jones, John Cruz, Mike Love, Jake Shimabukuro and others. Ron still prefers the humble approach to music. Intimate settings where he can share his message. Musical influences include Ron Artis Sr., Marvin Gaye, George Benson, Passenger & Gregory Porter.

Ydine

Ydine

Ydine is a soulful songstress based out of Hawaii. She performs throughout the islands as a solo artist and with her band AnOtherEvolution, an ever-evolving ensemble of local musicians. The beautiful compilation of a Cuban mother and Norwegian father, Ydine has cultivated a uniquely diverse musical style that cannot be defined by any particular genre. Her family origins and experiences thus far, such as sailing extensively throughout the South Pacific, traveling abroad, and living on farms throughout Hawaii, have heavily influenced all aspects of her music. Her lyrical poetry calls upon humanity to reach its fullest potential: to preserve our delicate ecosystems for future generations, to cultivate empathy and hold space in our hearts for those around us, and to go through this life fostering inquisitive and inspiring minds.

Kaʻahele

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Ka’ahele

Kaahele is a fresh musical combo to awaken and stimulate your mind, and its childlike wonderment, which at times becomes largely forgotten. Kaahele uses her experience of world travel and connection with the living earth to conceive a musical expression. Lets work together. Lets remember where we live. Earth, and you gotta take care of your home, right? oh and we can have fun doing it.

Noelani Love

Noelani Love

Hailing from North Shore, Oahu, Noelani Love brings soft melodies and her sweet ukulele sounds to the conscious music world. Noelani finds much of her inspiration in the ocean through free diving and surfing. Finding her voice as a young mother has also been instrumental in her development as a singer. In 2016 Noelani released Lakshmi Lullabies, her debut mantra album (produced by Rob Weber) is a compilation of ancient chants sung in a lullaby style, meant to create peace on earth. Her jewelry line, Noelani Hawaii combines intentional and healing stones to inspire women to feel beautiful and empowered across the globe.

Dru Daniels

Dru Daniels

Through his songs, Drew Daniels poetically delivers a call to action around personal, political and spiritual evolution. With well thought out rhymes and creative wordplay, the layers of his storytelling unravel further with each listen. His rootsy take on folk, ska and reggae are simplistically catchy while maintaining a depth that stimulates both head and heart. Originally rooted in New Jersey and Philadelphia, where he fronted prog-ska band Tsunami Rising, Drew now resides on the Big Island of Hawaii where he is strengthening his connections to land, source and family.

Pat Simmons Jr.

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Pat Simmons Jr.

Pat Simmons Jr., one of Hawai’i’s Aloha ‘Aina ambassadors, is a northshore Maui local, raised on the island since age 6; a country life of plant knowledge, farming, surfing, and music. He also grew up on tour with his father's band The Doobie Brothers. Heavily influenced by traditional Hawai’ian music, Pat’s songs are infused with stories of life on Maui. His latest album "This Mountain", featuring Keali'i Reichel, is dedicated to the sacred mountains of Hawai’i Nei. He has performed with many artists including Trevor Hall, The Doobie Brothers, and Willie Nelson’s sons, Micah and Lukas Nelson, whom he grew up with. Pat lives on the family farm with his wife and son, planting food and homesteading. He's on the board of the Hawai'i Farmer's Union United: Haleakala Chapter and uses music as a tool for activism and education about environmental/ocean health, waste management, regenerative farming and ecologically conscious living.

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