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Hawaiiana Festival

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today, tomorrow Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort

The Hawaiiana Festival offers teaching and demonstrations of cultural practices, Hawaiian foods, music and dance. Malama Ola Festival focuses on Hawaiian healing practices presenting a series of health and wellness activities and lectures. Panel discussions titled “Is Hawaiian Culture Alive and Well?” with experts in Native Hawaiian cultural issues discussing the connection of kane to Hawaiian language and hula, issues surrounding Hawaiian ancestors and burials, living in two cultures, place names and sovereignty.

For full schedule visit kauaifestivals.com/malamaola/

Yes Fest

7 p.m., today, KCC PAC

Tomorrow, Malama Kaua‘i

Two more days of co-creative entertainment over Halloween weekend featuring the mythic rock musical theater performance of “Message in a Bottle;” Interactive Quantum Player Academy theater playshops and the Band of Light costume dance jam.

“Message in a Bottle” stars composer Elijah Lenhart and actor Thalyn Nikolau in a blend of rock music, comedy, dance and transformational story telling. Come aboard the InsPirate Radio Ship and sail the FrequenSeas as they broadcast the jewel-tone frequency transmissions of love, wisdom and power. All ages welcome. “Message in a Bottle” show at 7 p.m. tonight at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center; Interactive playshops from 1:11 p.m. to 4:44 p.m. tomorrow, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.  Sliding scale for tickets. Suggested donation or $35; $55 for playshop and $22 for concert. For more information visit centralsuncreations.com

Live Kirtan with Dave Stringer

7 p.m., Sunday

Church of the Pacific

According to davestringer.com, the Los Angeles Times has declared the experience of chanting with Stringer as “a departure from ancient Kirtan (pronounced keer-tahn). Stringer’s performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.” Kirtan originated in India, and is currently experiencing a worldwide renaissance as a participatory live music experience. Kirtan is a folk musical form that arose from the devotional Bhakti yoga movement of 15th century India. The primary musical feature of Kirtan is the use of call and response. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies and the mantras. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythms build and accelerate. Bring a cushion or yoga blanket for seating.

Tickets are $20 and available at Healthy Hut in Kilauea, Papaya’s in Kapa‘a and also at the door.

Halloween havoc

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., today

The Point/Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort

Cover charge is $10 after 11 p.m. DJs and dancers will be on hand to play havoc with partygoers 21 years and older. The Point offers free parking and drink specials all night. Halloween costume contest at 11 p.m.  There will be a $200 first prize. The Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort is offering a special room promotion of $150 a night for Halloween weekend. For more information or to make reservations, call the Sheraton Kauai Resort at 742-1661 and ask for the “Release Halloween” rate. 

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