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10TH ANNUAL ʻĀINA FEST

MUSIC LINEUP

Nahko
Nahko continues to gather dedicated members of his global Medicine Tribe of likeminded fans as he spreads his positive and powerful musical message. His most recent album ‘My Name is Bear’ premiered at #1 on iTunes and debuted on a number of Billboard charts, and the headline tour in support of the album boasted multiple sold-out dates throughout the USA and Europe. ‘My Name is Bear’ is a 16-track collection that reflects the soul, authenticity, and spirit that Nahko’s Medicine Tribe has come to know. Nahko is a world-renowned musician, prolific songwriter, and active social and environmental justice advocate. He has worked alongside Winona Laduke on the board of Honor the Earth and has been heavily involved with the resistance of Indigenous peoples...
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... across North and South America, the salmon restoration in the Pacific Northwest, and an intertribal youth scholarship program which brings traditional teachings and wisdom to Indigenous youth. Nahko is a firm believer in using music as a tool of empowerment to protect and preserve all of creation.

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Raised on an island in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion - it was, rather, his life’s art. At sixteen, he recorded his first album, soon after which he left South Carolina for Idyllwild Arts Academy in California where he studied classical guitar and was introduced to the practices of yoga and meditation, which would greatly influence his life and his music. Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music, is imbued with a deep love of Eastern Mysticism. This powerful symbiosis fostered a deep connectivity with his growing fan base and Trevor quickly matured into a leader of the burgeoning conscious musical community.Along with numerous pilgrimages to India, he has also completed a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

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Tubby Love and Amber Lily

Amber Lily & Tubby Love

Amber Lily & Tubby Love are a dynamic musical force that weaves rich instrumentation, organic rhythms, and breathtaking vocal harmonies to create an uplifting and memorable experience. Their music shares the combined magic of Tubby Love, a world-class musician & songwriter from the Deep South, and Amber Lily, a Hawaii grown singer-songwriter, activist, and wild spirit. Tubby Love displays an awe-inspiring ability to play any instrument, beat box, produce, and sing soulful melodies with poetic story telling. Amber Lily’s vocal expression shows feminine power that cannot be forgotten. Together, this group presents a dynamic sound experience that can bring an audience to tears and leave them wanting more.

Paniolo Prince & His Queen Maile

Paul Izak

Paul Izak was born and raised on the Hawaiian Islands and currently lives it up on the Island of Oahu. His love for music continues to grow, just like his garden. Representing a healthy and simplistic life, Paul is a believer in honoring yourself as an individual so that you may better contribute to your community through healthy sustainable practices.

Paniolo Prince & His Queen Maile

Paniolo Prince & His Queen Maile

Maile and her husband Hano share the hip hop stage as The Paniolo Prince and his Queen Maile. For the last 17 years Hanohano Naehu has been a Kia’i Loko, a fishpond guardian at Keawanui, an 800 year old Hawaiian Fishpond on Molokai, Hawaii. He is the caretaker of this environment in which he restores an aspect of Hawaiian Aquaculture: a traditional, sustainable, ocean­ fishpond that itself presents other opportunities for creativity through the healing Arts, Sciences, and feeling Spirituality. Hano, as he is referred to is also a community educator, teaching ancient concepts in land...
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...stewardship and resource management. As an avid activist and artist for Aloha Āina he translates his passions through hip hop and lyrical messages under his MC name The Paniolo Prince. He is also the coach for the Molokai Youth Slam Poets Society.Tanya Maile Naehu is also the director of the Molokai Nui a Hina project, a multi-generational community art project. Maile is constantly searching and collaborating in order to design new approaches to teaching using traditional philosophies and practices such as oral tradition, ‘olelo Hawai’i, hula and oli. Through teaching storytelling via various art mediums she emphasizes great importance in building communication skills, self confidence, and a new generation of storytellers. She is the head coach for the Molokai youth poets along side her husband.

Drew Daniels Band

Drew Daniels Band

Drew Daniels, former frontman of reggae rockers Tsunami Rising, delivers a distinct take on the singer/songwriter vibe. His songs weave between soul, folk, reggae and rock to create conscious music healthily grounded in the human experience. Drew writes honest songs that tastefully stimulate both head and heart. His poetic lyrics flow gracefully over his punky folk reggae songs while tapping into influences of hip hop, blues and soul. After losing his home to the 2018 Kilauea eruption on Hawai'i Island, Drew's single, Our New Life, kickstarted a more meaningful musical journey that has him embracing his passion in stride with life's order. His music showcases a full spectrum of emotions ranging from the pain of loss and distress to resilient hopefulness that speaks on both personal and societal levels.

Ok2Change

Ok2Change

Jay Lara and Imani Avanti met in 2009 working on a fundraising campaign for human rights. Born and raised in the city of San Diego, Imani has been singing, dancing, and acting since high school. Jay, also from Southern California, picked up guitar and in 3 months was writing and playing songs. They wrote music and played shows together as Weekly Chaos for 7 years around San Diego but kept running into setbacks as they tried to pursue music professionally. An opportunity arose to move to Hawaii and make music full-time. Immediately, Jay and Imani both quit their jobs to pursue their ultimate dream and changed their band name to Ok2Change in 2016. On a musical mission to bring laughter and light to others, just as music has brought to them, Ok2Change strives to be the change they want to see.

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Ocean Grown

Deriving musical inspiration from the coffee country of south Kona, Ocean Grown brings you sounds that are guaranteed to move your bones and elevate your senses. This eclectic group of original music makers fuse genres to bring their listeners the kind of tunes that keeps the energy flowing. It’s funky rock reggae psychedelia. Ocean Grown original music is the full spectrum. With compelling lyrics, driving bass lines, definitive drum beats and riveting guitar leads, these guys bring the party. Ocean Grown. Get up and dance.

Paniolo Prince & His Queen Maile

Ydine & anOtherEvolution

Ydine has been a part of ‘Āina Fest since the very first year, thrown on farm grounds with farm grinds, one decade ago. She is a soulful songstress based out of Big Island. Ydine performs throughout the islands as a solo artist and with her band anOtherEvolution, a loving 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, and spans from classic and heavy rock, to reggae, folk, hip-hop and beyond. Her family origins and experiences thus far, such as sailing extensively throughout the South Pacific, traveling...
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...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. She is currently putting the final touches on her debut album, entitled “Belly of the Whale” which just may be available at this very special 10th anniversary ‘Āina Fest!

Paniolo Prince & His Queen Maile

Tiana Malone

By the time she was 5 years old, Tiana was already playing bass, piano, guitar, and singing harmonies. Tiana's extended family thrived on music spending their time jamming together amidst laughter and jokes in a close knit Chamorro community in southern California. Tiana's mother who is full blood Chamorro sang soprano and her French-Spanish Grandfather played Violin and Saxaphone. When Tiana was 6 years old her parents bought land in Puna. She recalls swimming in Black sands beach in Kalapana one month before Pele reclaimed it. The lava flow dampened her parents interest in moving to Hawaii so they moved to Oregon instead to be closer to her father's relatives. During middle school, Tiana's passion for singing blossomed under the guidance of....
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...her music teacher whose philosophy was to strive for excellence in everything you do. After hearing Auntie Kumu Mahealani's words of wisdom, "you are supposed to do music, it's about acceptance", Tiana jumped into music with the same fearlessness and enthusiasm that brought her to the island. She started writing her own songs, and in 2014 she released her first album, Gifts of the Earth. Instead of the term band, Tiana prefers to call the talented musicians who accompany her a musical ohana. Although Tiana's musical ohana changes constantly, Tiana is extremely grateful for the partnership of Hawk Devi the violinist who has stayed with her through it all. A violin virtuoso from the age of 3, Hawk Devi debuted her first solo at 12 and played Carnegie Hall by age 18. After walking away from classical music, she tour with Jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie in Europe for a year simply to attune her ear to improvisation and she has been improvising eve since. More at www.offthegridmusic.org or Ke'ola Magazine July issue.

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Mila Polevia

Incorporating the classic, backyard kanikapila feel of Hawaii's Renaissance Music era, Mila's performances range from songs that used to fill the air around the beach luaus and Paniolo campfires, to recently written songs celebrating the beauty of Hawai'i Island. Mila’s musical roots come from many genres- folk, bluegrass, classical, opera, and country, but he never truly left his first love: R&B. He is well known across the US and internationally performing in places such as Japan, Russia, and São Paulo, Brazil, to name a few. Mila was raised on the windward side of O'ahu and now makes his home in Kapa'au, Kohala on Hawaii Island.

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