B-Rad Festival Saturday is in memory of Brad Parker

  • Photo courtesy Gayle Parker

    Families from Kanuikapono Public Charter School celebrate after cleaning up their home beach, Anahola, organized through the B-Rad Foundation.

  • Photo courtesy Paula Fuga

    Paula Fuga will perform at the B-Rad Festival on Saturday.

  • Photo courtesy Gayle Parker

    Brad Parker heads out to surf.

The B-Rad Foundation is excited to host the second B-Rad Festival on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Old Kealia Store. This is B-Rad’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going directly to the expansion and continuation of keiki programs, as well as preserving and boosting their monthly coastal beach cleanups and stewardship projects.

The event promises to be amazing with live musical performances from Paula Fuga, the Roundhouse Ramblers, and Day-Day. There will also be a fire spinning show from Soulfire Productions, taiko drumming by Joyful Noise, plus an expanded keiki zone and children’s interactive learning center, food trucks and an EPIC silent auction.

The B-Rad Foundation was created in honor of Brad Parker who passed away four years ago while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park. Brad lived on Kauai for a number of years before moving back to Northern California.

“Our son Brad truly believed in the power of community,” wrote Gayle Parker.

“This is our annual fundraiser to help support all the work that we do here on Kauai, from our monthly beach cleanups to our keiki programs in our schools,” she wrote. “This year we have expanded to Hanalei Elementary along with Kanuikapono Charter in Anahola. Along with our classroom educational presentations revolving around environmental stewardship, health, and adventure, we organize experiential field trips to tie in the learning. Partnering with the Fehring Family Farm, Just Live, Princeville Ranch, and Wailua Kayak Adventures, to name a few for these fun days of learning!”

After Brad’s passing his family and friends collectively channeled their grief to create a nonprofit organization that is proving to be sustainable on Kauai and that is growing at an authentic and organic pace.

B-Rad has grown tremendously. Its keiki programs have expanded to the Northern Shore working with the Hanalei School as well as maintaining their original dedication to Kanuikapono Charter School in Anahola, and in the fall plans to include Kapaa Middle School.

The keiki programs are a reflection of the three tiers of the foundation revolving around health, adventure and environmental stewardship. These three topics are covered in classroom presentations followed by field trips with hands on experiential learning.

Some examples of the full days are specially designed beach cleanups, farm days at the Fehring Family Organic Farm where students learn about the importance of growing their own food, sustainability, composting, planting and harvesting, ending with a farm to table meal that they themselves prepare and cook.

Some of our adventure days have been spent hiking with Princeville Ranch, Just Live, and Wailua Kayak Adventures. It is because of these solid partnerships the B-Rad Foundation continues with these incredible offerings.

The Parker family invites you to come and help celebrate all their hard work and dedication these past four years. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Papayas Natural Foods in Kapaa or at brownpapertickets.com online. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the gate.

Info: www.b-radfoundation.org. instagram @b_radfoundation

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