‘Feminine principle focus of fest

When musician Millicent Cummings first came to Kaua’i, she said she was taken aback by all the female musicians she met.

“It blew me away,” Cummings said.

“I wanted to honor them and put out that medicine, because women produce this healing medicine to give at a crucial time.” In the time since Cummings arrived she has gotten to know many musicians and artists, and has been working at putting on the Wahine Fest.

This is the first year for the all-day festival, although it was originally slated for the spring equinox last month. It has been rescheduled for Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. at the Kilohana Carriage House in Puhi.

Cummings emphasized that the Wahine Fest is not a party for women only.

“I wanted to honor the feminine principle in both men and women,” she said. “And also express the beauty of this feminine principle and the beauty of the island.” So how does Cummings explain this principle? It’s about nurturing, being sensible and sensual.

“The big key word is ‘malama.’ How can we malama (care for) ourselves,” she said. “We’re going to learn what the state of woman is about, and what the state of our men is about. This fest is an expression of what we need to be informed about.” Cummings said there will be more than 50 artists, performers or speakers taking the stage that day.

A few of those taking the stage are speakers Carol Yotsuda and County Councilwom an JoAnn Yukimura and musicians Cindy Combs, Manulele, John Cruz and Obo Martin.

Russell the Rooster will also pay a visit for the children.

Manulele signed on to be a part of the first Wahine Fest because she said she believes in Cummings’ vision.

“It stands for everything I agree with. Women are always there for each other; the camaraderie women have. I’m for ending violence against women and children abuse,” Manulele said. “Whatever small part I can do, I’m happy.” Tickets are available at Bounty Music in Kapa’a, Paradise Music in Princeville Shopping Center, Scotty’s Music in Kalaheo, Aloha-n-Paradise in Waimea, and Nite Owl Tshirts in Port Alien. For more information, visit www.millicentcummings.com.

“It’s about the community, and getting together to realize that we do need to take care of each other,” Cummings said.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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