Kava, or ‘Awa as it’s known in Hawaii, will be explored and celebrated at UH on Saturday at the Kawa Festival. The plant is playing a central role in the resurgence of Hawaiian cultural practices. Drink kava while learning about it from Hawaiian cultural practitioners, ‘awa growers, health and nutrition specialists, and expert scientists.
There will also be food, Hawaiian crafts, a live art exhibition by artist Solomon Enos, an apu (‘awa bowl) making workshop, poi pounding, plants and live music.
Currently scheduled performers include Guy Cruz, The Girlas, Simple Souls, Kupa’aina, Steve Inglis, Michael Tannenbaum, Nick Ponce, Matty McIntire, and other special guest appearances for a post-festival kanikapila.
Two commemorative Kava Festival T-shirts will also be available for sale, featuring designs by renown vintage Hawaii artist Dietrich Varez and mouth-brush artist Matthew “Chuna” Kaopio.