A MayJah RayJah indeed

KAPAIA — Despite a nasty weather system lingering to the west, a large crowd of all ages turned out last weekend in Kapaia for the 2013 MayJah RayJah music festival. As promised, Kaua‘i was treated to a high-energy night of reggae vibes.

Best of all, the musical gods managed to fight off the rain, leaving concertgoers lively and dry.

Headlining the festival were Katchafire, the New Zealand-based roots-reggae band, and the Common Kings, of California. Kaua‘i’s own The Green Stone Project, led by Jon Riveira, kicked off the evening and DJ Mike D of O‘ahu kept the music going between sets.

For the last several years, MayJah RayJah has been a well known event on O‘ahu. Last week, it was the festival’s first appearance on Kaua‘i. The festival was held on an open field by Ma‘alo Road, on the way to Wailua Falls.

A portion of the concert’s proceeds were donated to The Kaua‘i Keiki and High School Rodeo Association. MayJah RayJah also teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i and Surfrider Kaua‘i to assist the nonprofit organizations in raising funds to clean Kaua‘i’s beaches.

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