MAHALO FOR ATTENDING KAUAI FOLK FEST 2019


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KAUAI FOLK FESTIVAL 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

Thank you to the good people of Hawai‘i and folks who traveled far and wide to attend the first ever Kauai Folk Festival on the Garden Island of Kaua‘i to dance, laugh and share. Let's all keep the powerful spirit of music and aloha flowing!

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS Video

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS Video

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

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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

KAUAI FOLK FEST IN THE NEWS

KAUAI FOLK FEST 2019 SCHEDULE

*This event has already occurred. See you at the next Kauai Folk event.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 (10AM-10PM)


10AM

  • Festival Greeting and Square Dance! (Big Tent)


11AM

  • Na’Opihi with Pancho Graham, Kirby Keough, and Ken Emerson (Cannons Stage) 
  • The Montvales (Old Shed)
  • [Workshop] Square Dance and Hula Workshop (Big Shade Tree)
  • [Workshop] Old Time and Bluegrass Instrument Workshops - banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin (Chicken Coop)


12PM

  • Sashamon with Uncle Isaac Kamaile (Big Tent)
  • Soulgood Family (Old Shed)
  • Square Dance and Hula Mashup Party with SLO County Stumblers and Puka Asing (Big Shade Tree)
  • [Workshop] Lei Making Workshop with Kamalani Bond  (Cocktail Tent)
  • [Workshop] Blacksmithing Basics Workshop with Ted Shanks (Location TBD)  


1PM

  • Ian Moore (Cannons Stage)
  • Norman DeCosta (Old Shed)


2PM

  • Peter Rowan’s ‘My Aloha’ Bluegrass Band (Big Tent)


4PM

  • Jordy (Old Shed Stage)
  • Island Grass (Cannon Stage)
  • [Workshop] Waltz, Two Step, and Swing Workshops (Big Shade Tree)
  • [Workshop] Hawaiian/Blues Instrument Workshops - ukulele, guitar, harmonica, steel guitar, slack key guitar (Chicken Coop)


5PM

  • Vic and the Victimz (Big Tent)
  • Sweet Beets and Yum Yum (Cocktail Tent)


6PM

  • Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms with Mike Bub Honky Tonk Band (Cannons Stage)
  • Kyle Campbell (Old Shed)


7PM

  • Taj Mahal’s Hula Blues Band (Big Tent)


8:30 PM

  • Silent Square Dance (Cannons Stage)


10PM

  • PAU - HARD CURFEW - See Y'all Sunday morning!


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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 (10AM-10PM)


10AM

  • Hawaiian-Appalachian Gospel Singing: Hymns and Mele of Praise and Togetherness hosted by festival performers. (Big Tent)
  • Kid’s Songs for Grown Ups with Jonny Fritz (Old Shed)
  • [Workshop] Waltz, Two Step, and Hula Dance Workshops (Big Shade Tree)
  • [Workshop] Hawaiian Instrument Workshop - ukulele, slack key guitar, steel guitar (Chicken Coop)


11AM

  • Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny with Square Dance Caller the Reverend Stan Sharp (Cannons Stage)
  • Pine Hearts (Old Shed)
  • The Lins (Big Tent)


12PM

  • [Workshop] Lei Making Workshop with with Kamalani Bond  (Cocktail Tent)
  • [Workshop] Blacksmithing Basics Workshop with Ted Shanks (Location TBD)


1PM

  • Puka Asing and the Konatokaz (Big Tent)
  • Roundhouse Ramblers (Cocktail Tent)


2PM

  • Grown Up Songs for Kids with Jonny Fritz (Cannons Stage)
  • Slo County Stumblers (Old Shed)


3PM

  • Boma Bango Dance Band (Big Tent)
  • Ronnie Velveta and the Family Band (Old Shed)
  • [Workshop] Singing Workshops - harmony, song, and breath (Big Shade Tree)


4PM

  • Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius (Cannons Stage)
  • Caroline Pond’s Rainbow Stringband (Old Shed)


5PM

  • Folks Telling Stories and Singing Songs with Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Puka Asing, and choke Kupuna (The Big Tent)


6PM

  • Wally Rita y Los Kauaianos KACHI-KACHI DANCE PARTY (Cannons Stage)
  • Paul Lee Kupfer (Cocktail Tent)


8PM

  • Silent Dub Dance party with JAH Mantraband and Festival Performers (The Field)
  • Open Mic Song Contest (Old Shed)
  • Serena Jewkes and Kirk Smart Jazz and Swing (Big Tent)


10PM

  • PAU - HARD CURFEW - Mahalo, see you for the next Fest

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KFF WAS HOSTED AT THE HISTORIC GROVE FARM MUSEUM

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).

THE EVENT FEATURED WORKSHOPS ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

KAUAI FOLK FEST FEATURED GREAT LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK

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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.

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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.

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Uncle D brings it! This BBQ maniac is served up smoking hot sauciness for carnivores and herbivorous alike. 

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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.

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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.

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The hipster goodness of The Fresh Shave was there with their adorable, shiny wagon and delicious, all-natural, incredible-tasting, mustache-emblazoned shave ice.

MAHALO TO KUPU SPIRITS AND MAUI BREWING COMPANY

TASTY LOCAL CRAFT COCKTAILS

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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!

LOCAL BREWS AND SODAS

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 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! 

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Mahalo to Our Partners

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