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

Photo: Liz Belfor

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.

Paul Izak

Paul Izak

Paul Izak’s unique style of music can best be described as a blend of Folk/Blues/Rock and Reggae. Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Paul has a deep rooted connection and love for the Hawaiian Islands and you can hear it in his music. His passion for gardening/farming and yoga are integrated into his musical message to inspire a healthy and conscious lifestyle. He loves collaboration, spontaneous jamming and music with a message of awareness and positive forward progression. Paul is also the founder of the organization Yogarden based on the Island of Oahu. Yogarden has a farm in Waimanalo, they offer Farm to table dinners and live music yoga classes to the local community. For more Information on Paul’s music and Yogarden visit www.paulizakmusic.com and www.yogardenhawaii.com.

Leche De Tigre

Leche de Tigre

The blend of musical styles referred to as “Latin Gypsy Funk”, often laced with rock influences is characteristic of Leche de Tigre. Our main focus is to make you move. Recipe: Adrenalized Latin Percussive rhythms, Healthy dosage of Spanish, Gypsy and Rock inspired vocal and guitar arrangements, Driving Funk foundation of bass, drums and horn. Result: A potent concoction, triggering long lasting excitement and bringing harmonic life to every Leche de Tigre performance. The band’s sound relies on percussive grooves, the melodic impact of the acoustic guitar and the eloquent and soulful vocal and musical formula that connects and evolves spontaneously engaging every audience. Standard Rock band backline fused with Spanish, Cuban and South American instruments along with Trumpet compliment both male and female multilingual lyricists. Nylon String, Acoustic steel string Guitar, Cuban Tres, Drums, Bass, Congas & Bongos, Trumpet and Vocals compose the group, started in 2009 in Kona, Hawaii.

Nowelo

Nowelo

Nowelo is a musical duo formed in 2015 consisting of guitarist and blues harmonica player Truth Musiq and Rapper/Singer Pana Jones. Their music resonates with a sonic inspiration that spans Hip Hop, Blues, Reggae and Island influences. Pana Jones was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, growing up exposed to both modern and ancient island music. Truth Musiq was born and raised in Northern California and spent years as a street musician in Santa Cruz. Nowelo recently opened for Jason Mraz at The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival and has released several singles, including “Leave Me” and “Passing Days” on their own label, Mind Matters Music. Nowelo will perform at ‘Āina Fest with a 9-piece Blues Rap band including Ann Hoku Lyn and Hip Hop pioneer Reggie Griffin, who has written, produced, and toured with music legends such as The Sugar Hill Gang, Chaka Khan, and The Isley Brothers.

Kissidugu All-Stars

Kissidugu All-Stars

Kissidugu All-Stars: West African master artists, many from the Merveilles de Guinee Ballet originally will be taking the stage! Gabriel Fara Tolno, Alseny Soumah, Marietou Camara, Naby Bangoura, Soriba Fofana, Lamine Bangoura and Sekou Fofana are presently on island for the 5th annual Camp Merveilles Hawaii conference down the road! These artists are internationally renowned in Guinea, West African dance and drumming and each of them tours extensively teaching and sharing their talent and culture. Find out more at: www.kissidugu.org

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

Photo: Jill Ranieri

Ka’ahele

Ka’ahele 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.

Cosmic Serenity

Cosmic Serenity

We are two Musical Alchemists. Visualize Cosmic Serenity as a Star Skipper floating around the cosmos & one ray or another beaming up our fellow luminous beings, for their next dosage of Musical Medicine. Prepare for Lift off in t-minus...

Nowelo

Ann Hoku Lyn

Ann Hoku Lyn was born in Panama and raised in the Marshall Islands with a love of the trumpet. She spent ten years in NYC touring as a freelance trumpet player around the US, Asia, and in Europe. Ann continues to write and record with various jazz and pop artists, having played Madison Square Garden and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Last year she released her single “Wish I Were Us,” on the Mind Matters Music label. She is an integral part of the sound on NOWELO’S new “PASSING DAYS” single and EP.

Ok2Change

Ok2Change

Jay and Imani of OK2Change met in 2009 working on a fundraising campaign for human rights. Sharing the same sense of humor and passion for activism and music, they formed a band called Weekly Chaos. An opportunity arose to move to Hawaii, and the change in lifestyle and musical content induced the birth of Ok2Change. With a new perspective and fresh drive in less than a year, they've released a debut EP, started recording a full album, were a featured performance in Flow Festival 2017, are playing Blessed Coast Festival in Canada and Project Earth Festival in Minnesota summer 2017, and have built up fan bases in San Diego, LA, Seattle, and the Big Island of Hawaii. With years of musical experience, hours of original material, catchy rhymes, and beats to make you dance, Ok2Change is rising rapidly in the wake of hard work, dedication, and pure love of music.

Llosh & Found

Llosh & Found

Llosh Winne has been playing music on the Big Island of Hawai’i for 4 years. At age 27, Llosh moved to North Kohala where he formed his current band Llosh & Found. He is joined by band members, Austin Reigh Hall (Bass) and Virgil Zeidman (Cajon, Ukulele, Vocals). The group also features Ka'ahele, a Big Island-based musician providing vocal harmonies and the sounds of the baritone ukulele. Llosh & Found represents musicians and friends with a strong connection here in Hawai’i. It is a blend of Soul/Rock and Roots music. The songs Llosh writes are the stories of his life which, most recently, are of happiness. He hopes you enjoy the musical narration of his journey.

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

Drew 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.

Geneva Rose

Geneva Rose was born and raised in the woods of Washington state. She is a self taught musician when it comes to instruments, but inspired vocally by her mother. In 2016 Geneva graduated high school and within the following month decided to move her life and musical career to the Big Island of Hawaii with her older brother Jay Lara, from OK2CHANGE. Medicine music has then on been inspired by the beauty and sadness of this life. Bringing a new soulful, original sound.

Amber Westerman

Amber Westerman

With her soulful voice, Amber Westerman’s music and lyrics open your heart, stimulate your mind, and touch your soul. Her purpose as a musician is to bring awareness to the omnipresent love and harmony within and around us. Her songs carry messages of self empowerment, passion, and conscious living through her soothing unique style that brings together folk, soul, blues, and pop. Originally from the heart of central Texas, Amber now resides on the Big Island of Hawai’i where she finds herself deeply inspired to share the gift of love through her dream catcher art and music.

Amber Westerman

Mahina Lee

Mahina Lee is a newly budding singer-songwriter, creating songs with the intention to uplift and touch the heart of the life process churning in each of us. She knows the power of words and positive affirmations and her desire is to stay tuned into the power of Sound, which creates a bridge for the Spirit of Life to flow between our hearts. She celebrates the heart of all faiths, creating melodies to embody humanity’s collective light, putting forth her own self-gleaned pearls of wisdom. Perhaps her greatest life dream is to be part of an ongoing sound jam of harmonized sounds and hearts. When she has to use words, some of her songs can be heard as mantras in English. In her spare time, Mahina is a Yoga Therapist who practices Thai Yoga Bodywork and teaches Kid’s Yoga at Kohala Elementary School on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kristen Cosmi

Kristen Cosmi

((Opening Gong Meditation)) will be led by Kristen Cosmi who has been working with sound for the last 8 years and is passionate about sharing this amazing tool with the world. Sound and vibration can be a direct path for shifting consciousness, allowing deep relaxation, less stress and more creativity.  Sound works on a cellular level to rebalance the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies promoting a deep sense of peace and well being. Kristen knows intimately that it is incredibly important to give ourselves time and space to let go and connect to something bigger than us. She's experienced that this happens regularly and naturally with the Gong and is inspired to share it with You. She hosts sound events locally on the Big Island under the name Cosmik Sound.  She is honored to be playing at the Kohala Aina Festival and invites you to join her in this unique experience!  For more information contact her at cosmiklovesound@gmail.com
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