Crazy for da coconuts

Last weekend was a little nuts for residents and visitors, who attended this year’s 17th annual Coconut Festival, hosted by the Kapaa Business Association at Kapaa Beach Beark.

The two-day festival, which ran on Saturday and Sunday, featured 60 craft vendors, 21 cultural performances, seven cooking demonstrations from island chefs and a new variety of games for keiki.  

This year’s festival, which included a variety of entertainment options, including taiko drumming and hula dancing, featured headlining performances by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, a four-time Grammy Award nominee for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Kap Teo-Tafiti from the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, a crowd favorite, was also on hand to conduct fire making, coconut husking, fire dancing and coconut tree climbing on both days.

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