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Hawaiian News: Kava Fest

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MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kava culture is taking over UH Mânoa this weekend with the annual Kava Festival! Amy Kalili gives us a glimpse of what's in store.

Aloha mai e nâ hoa. Ma loko o ke kanikani a nui paʻahana o kçlâ me kçia lâ, nani ka nanea wale aku i kekahi manawa i ka inu i kekahi meainu kuʻuna nô, ʻo ka ʻawa nô hoʻi.

ʻAwa, a traditional drink, provides solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Many people observe that kava has a calming effect on the person. The 21st century is anything but calm.

So the kava growers around the state banded together and said, "Hey! Let's get back to our roots!"

We need people to have the chance to taste kava, because it is not like you go over to Longs and buy a batch.

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Professor, UH Mânoa

He hoʻomalie maoli ma ka pupuahulu o kçlâ me kçia lâ. Maikaʻi kçia "Hoʻi i ka piko!" me kçia mea inu kuʻuna. A pono e loaʻa nâ pôʻaiapili e hoʻâʻo ai.

Well, if you want to learn something about Pacific island cultures, particularly Hawaiian, I think this is an excellent venue.

You can meet up with some of the people involved in this, culturally, and then uh get yourself introduced to the original pau hana drink.

And it does not cause any harm to your body, in fact it puts you in a good state of mind. I think it helps you become a better person.

Jonathan Yee

Director, ʻAwa Development Council

He wahi ia e ʻike ai no ka moʻomeheu o ko ka Pâkîpika a hiki ke kâmau kîʻaha.

Maikaʻi no ke olakino a he mea e maha ai ke kino a me ka naʻau pû.

He manuahi ke komo i keia ʻaha ʻawa e mâlama ʻia ana ma ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mânoa i kçia Poʻaono mai ka hola 11 o ke awakea a i ka 7 o ke ahiahi. E maha ke kino i ka ʻawa a e nanea ka pepeiao i ka nahenahe o nâ puʻukani e like me One Right Turn a me Kupaʻâina.

This free festival will be held 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday at UH Mânoa.

Enjoy ʻawa and the musical stylings of One Right Turn and Kupaʻâina.

We will have a lot of vendors procuring kava from various islands, including the South Pacific, like Fiji. We will have food and a lot of music entertainment.

We are going to have a kapu ʻawa lead by Laʻakea Suganuma.

And at 11 we are going to have a hâlau do the opening ceremony.

You can practically hang out all day there drinking ʻawa and enjoying company with friends.

So if you want more information about the ʻAwa Festival, surf on over to KavaFestival.org

(Jonathan)

Nui ana nâ mea kalewa ʻawa. Loaʻa pû ana ka ʻai me ka poʻe puolo.

E mâlama ʻia ana he kapu ʻawa na Laʻakea Suganuma.

Na kekahi hâlau e wehe i ka papahana.

E launa mai nô me nâ hoa no ka lâ holoʻokoʻa ma ka inu ʻawa.

No ka ʻike hou aku e kele aku iâ KavaFestival.org.

E naue aku nô i kçia Kava Fest i kçia Poʻaono ma ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mânoa.

Swing by the Kava Fest this Saturday at UH Mânoa. Aloha.

ʻO au nô kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma HawaiiNewsNow. Aloha.

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