Franti headlines festival Sunday

American musician and composer Michael Franti returns to the Garden Isle Sunday to headline Mana Fest II.

Kauai concert promoter Dove Liddle, owner of Dove Presents, said it is Franti’s first performance on Kauai in a decade, and a festival not to be missed.

“It’s going to be great,” he said. “The venue is beautiful and ticket sales are up … It’s going to be an awesome event.”

Mana Fest II runs from 3 to 9 p .m. at the Church of the Pacific’s outdoor amphitheater in Princeville. In addition to the hip-hop/funky sounds of Franti, there will be performances by Paula Fuga, Chris Berry, Paul Izak, Tubby Love and more.

“Positive, conscious, uplifting performances for all ages,” Liddle said.

Franti, frontman of Michael Franti & Spearhead, hails from Oakland, California. For the past two decades, the singer-songwriter-guitarist and philanthropist has been proactively creating and supporting numerous environmental, humanitarian and social causes, according to his website. 

His music is an exciting blend of hip hop, funk, jazz, folk and reggae.

“I want to make music that is timeless,” Franti said on his website. “At this point in my life when I turn on the radio and hear my song it means a lot to me. When I was a kid I would go on these long drives with my family and I still remember the songs we would listen to in the car. It means I’m part of somebody’s life passages. As an artist, I cherish those moments.”

Festival doors open at 2 p.m. and Franti’s performance begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets for Mana Fest II cost $40 per person and can be purchased at Harvest Market (Hanalei), Healthy Hut (Kilauea), Papayas (Kapaa) an Progressive Expressions (Koloa), or online at Children age 12 and under get in for free. 

For more information on the festival visit or call 635-5556.


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