Mana’o Radio 21st Anniversary Celebration: Sunflower Farm Music Fest 2023
April 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mana’o Radio Turns Twenty-One in 2023!
That’s right! Maui’s only all-volunteer, 100% listener-supported, non-commercial radio station has been around for 21 years!
Do you think that calls for a special, one-of-a-kind celebration? We do too!
Mana’o Radio is thrilled to partner with Pacific Biodiesel again this year to present a daylong benefit concert at Bob and Kelly King’s Maui sunflower farm. In celebration of our 21st anniversary, the concert event will raise funds for Mana’o Radio, and it will focus on an urgent issue close to home: food security in Hawaii.
Today, Hawaii imports nearly 90% of its food. Our island state’s food supply is extraordinarily vulnerable to supply chain disruptions, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
In addition to raising funds for Mana’o Radio, this benefit concert will also raise funds and awareness for Hawaii Food Hub Hui, which encompasses 14 food hubs around the state that work together to support Hawaii’s small an mid-sized farms.
The event will take place on Earth Day 2023 (Saturday, April 22) and feature live performances by local musicians along with farm tours through a blooming sunflower field and a festival zone with educational displays, food trucks, and farm stands.
Tickets are $100 each and must be purchased online in advance. Parking will be a $5 minimum donation per car at the gate (cash only.) 100% of ticket sales and donations, as well as a portion of the proceeds from farm stand and food sales during the event will benefit Hawaii Food Hub Hui and Mana’o Radio.
Julia Gargano will be joining Kerry Brown’s highly anticipated Licorice Pizza Jam Session headliner set. Julia was voted fan favorite of the 2020 American Idol season (Click here to watch the highlight reel) which led to a performance on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.
***EXCITING NEWS! Multi-platinum music producer, artist manager and event producer Kerry Brown will headline the Sunflower Farm Music Fest with his “Licorice Pizza Jam Session”…..He has also announced he will record the all-day live music event and produce a limited edition vinyl LP! Each person who purchases a ticket to the event will receive a copy of the vinyl record compliments of Licorice Pizza Records!! Read the full press release here.
Maui musicians performing for this daylong concert are:
9am to 9:45 – Leiohu Ryder blessing & George Kahumoku, Jr.
10am to 10:45 – Drew Martin
11am to 11:45 – Sting Kong
11:45 to 12:15 – Intermission
12:15 to 1:00 – Soul Kitchen
1:15 to 2:00 – Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band
2:15 to 3:00 – The Lonely Hearts – Beatles and Beyond
3:15 to 4:00 – Marty Dread with Gretchen Rhodes & the House Shakers
4:15 to 5:30 – Licorice Pizza Jam Session with Kerry Brown & friends
George Kahumoku Jr. is a musician specializing in slack-key guitar. Born in Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i, he has been labeled a Hawaiian “renaissance man.” He received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album for the compilation album Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar–Live from Maui. Last year he was among a handful of musical artists to receive the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Artists’ 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. Facebook, Instagram
Drew Martin is a dynamic singer-songwriter with string stylings of his own. This proficient player is known as “Maui’s answer to Bob Dylan.” He’s highly respected by his musical peers and his songs are inspired by the elements of such sacred places as Mauna Kahālāwai and ‘Īao Valley. Instagram
Sting Kong is a four-piece band of renegade surf rockers from Maui’s Westside with the chops to get everyone barreled with them on a plunging party wave! Instagram
Soul Kitchen has been entertaining audiences with their upbeat Zydeco/Soul style for almost a decade. The big band has become a staple of the Maui music scene. Soul Kitchen will give you the horns, drums, beats, bass, and powerful vocals that make you wanna stomp your feet! Facebook, Instagram
Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band’s musical roots originated in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia. The talented multi-instrumentalist band members are Orion Hitzig, Xander Hitzig, Matt Del Olmo, and Justin Morris. Their lively engaging music is influenced by bluegrass, gypsy, folk, old-time standards, Celtic, and classical. Facebook
Featuring Austin Hutto, Steve Morris, Jimmy Dillon, and Justin Morris. Performing classics by the Beatles and other Beatles-inspired music.
Marty Dread and Gretchen Rhodes will be joined by the House Shakers. The House Shakers are made up of 4 of Maui’s most respected musicians and have backed up some of the top vocalists from Maui and beyond. Marty Dread is one of the most sought-after performers on island. In recent years he has expanded his repertoire well beyond Reggae to include many classic R&B and Soul tunes. Gretchen Rhodes serves up a powerful blend of soulful blues and rock that captivates audiences far and wide. Warning: this band will get you dancing! Marty: Facebook, Instagram. Gretchen: Facebook, Instagram.
At the Event: Seating under the event tent will be provided. To minimize waste, please bring your water bottle to refill at complimentary water stations on site. No alcohol or coolers. Visitors to the farm are encouraged to wear comfortable closed-toed shoes. Please use caution while walking site; this is a private, working farm with uneven ground and rocks. Wearing hats and reef-safe sunscreen is also recommended at the farm site, which can be hot and windy. No pets or strollers please.
Farm Tours on biodiesel-fueled vans will be provided by Hawaii Tours at scheduled times throughout the event. Due to limited availability, these complimentary tours must be reserved in advance e and are on a first come, first served basis. When purchasing your ticket, please indicate your interest in making a farm tour reservation and our team will be in touch with you to coordinate those details.
Festival T-Shirts: By popular demand, we are selling t-shirts featuring the event logo! Shirts sold online in advance are $20 each and ONLY available when purchased with an event ticket. Select the red “Get Tickets” button to buy your ticket and scroll down to order your shirt. Shirts are only available for online purchase before 9AM on April 2nd, and must be picked up by the ticket-holder at the Mana’o Radio booth at the event (bring your e-ticket receipt). All sales are final; no refunds will be issued for shirts purchased online in advance. A limited supply of shirts will also be available for purchase at the event for $30 each. Proceeds from shirt sales will go to Mana’o Radio.
Parking: Parking will be a minimum of $5 cash donation per car at the gate. Donations go to American Red Cross whose volunteers are helping to staff the event and medic tent. Credit cards will not be accepted. Due to limited parking at the farm, carpooling is encouraged. A complimentary cut sunflower bloom will be given with each parking donation. Vehicles must enter the farm through the main gate located on Honoapiilani Highway just north of the Kuihelani Highway intersection (look for the yellow gate near the silver farm silos.) As a reminder, the state has posted no parking signs on both highways alone the perimeter of the farm. The farm gate will open at 8:15am.
For more information, call Pacific Biodiesel at (808) 866-5101 or email [email protected]
To learn more about Hawaii Food Hub Hui, the nation’s first and only food hub group of its kind, visit the Hawaii Good Food Alliance.