SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Mahalos to all of the artists, instructors, vendors, the team and residents at the Grove Farm Museum, our partners at Maui Brewing Company and Kupu Spirits, Kauai Juice Company, our amazing volunteers, and of course, YOU, for making the 2019 Kauai Folk Festival a truly magical weekend of togetherness and folk’n aloha. We’re already at work planning to make the next event even better! -The Kauai Folk Team
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 (10AM-10PM)
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 (10AM-10PM)
The Kauai Folk Festival was a fundraiser for the preservation efforts for the Grove Farm Museum. Kauai Folk Festival will be held on the Grove Farm grounds in Lihue providing a fascinating glimpse into the island's past. Founded in 1864, this 100-acre, historic site showcases life during Kauai’s plantation era more than a century ago. Grove Farm Museum is centrally located in Lihue (Google map).
Performers conducted workshops on how to play in the traditional style. Guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, steel guitar, ukulele, and more. Loaner instruments were available at the Kauai Folk Festival from the Hanalei Strings booth.
In addition to ‘how to play’, performers conducted group workshops on ‘how to play together.’ Listening, understanding, and finding the right place to fit in are crucial skills to understand to play this music. Even a rank beginner can find a pocket to fit in!
The Kauai Folk Festival folks were especially chosen for both their performing and teaching abilities. Singing workshops covered traditional songs of the old country both here on the Islands and abroad on the continent.
Kauai is home to one of the greatest living blacksmiths and cowboy poets, East Tennessee native, Ted Shanks. His ability to turn raw metal into useful tools and art is renowned worldwide. At the Kauai Folk Festival, he demonstrated his techniques and told iron pounding tales.
A variety of old time and local Hawaii arts and crafts are shared and demonstrated throughout the Festival with a spotlight on Hawaiian Hula and Lei Making.
Square dancing and hula, swing dancing and old-timey flatfoot cloggin’ were afoot at the Festival. Traditional music is best appreciated with dance that accompanies it. A few steps were taught and demonstrated at the Fest along with multiple Square Dance outbursts throughout the Fest.
Healthy food at a festival?!?! Who knew!? Mahalo to Kauai Juice Co for bringing a mighty supply of fresh made juice and healthy foods! Gluten free options too.
Sausage and strings. The more you say it the more delicious it becomes. The masters at Po'okela brought their famous foods at the festival.
Uncle D brings it! This BBQ maniac is served up smoking hot sauciness for carnivores and herbivorous alike.
Who said there's NO BAGELS on Kauai?!! The maestros at Ya Quiddus rolled some dough for you folks at the festival to enjoy circular steamy goodness.
Only KFF could have brought together Mexico and Aloha under one umbrella. A pink umbrella. Aloha Oaxaca are our friends who made special Mezcal cocktails to adult sippers.
The hipster goodness of The Fresh Shave was there with their adorable, shiny wagon and delicious, all-natural, incredible-tasting, mustache-emblazoned shave ice.
Maui Brewing Company introduced island-crafted Kupu Spirits that uses only the finest locally grown ingredients and bold flavors delivered from the oak barrels. Kauai Folk Fest was the debut of Kupu Spirits whose new line of Craft Cocktails were ice cold and featured Whiskey Cola, Whisky Ginger, and Gin & Tonic!
Big Mahalo to Maui Brewing Company! Our marquee sponsor and drink provider are one of the key people who made this festival possible. The Maui Brewing Company is the exclusive beer, spirit and soda provider of the Kauai Folk Festival. Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii's largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii and they constantly are involved supporting community events like these!