Kanuikapono Charter School to host first Ike Aina Music Festival

Kanuikapono Public Charter School has educated Kauai’s youth since 1997.

On Saturday, it’ll try its hand at a new ring — jamming out. 

The school will host the inaugural Ike Aina Music Festival with the help of the Kapaa Rotary Club. 

“I wanted to help Hawaiian youth; I wanted to help traditional Hawaiian values,” said James Norman, Rotary Club president who doubles as lead singer of the band, “The Quake.” 

He said people should come to the festival just to support their community charter school and to support traditional Hawaiian education.

After Norman developed the idea with the help of school staff, it snowballed. 

“We thought this was a good way to get exposure to the public and to show what the school is about,” Norman said. “They don’t get as much funding from the government as much as the other schools do.” 

Norman says the festivities will be a good way to help raise funds for the school, and the Kapaa Rotary Club will be donating $1,000. 

The family friendly event will be from noon to 9 p.m. at the school, 4333 Kukuihale Road.

Entertainment will feature music by John Cruz, Papa’a Bay Boys, and The Quake as well as songs from the school’s music program. The festival will also include hula, comedic performances, a silent and live auction, and a waterslide for the kids.

Classes will have food beverage stands and will be selling refreshments including mamaki tea, lemonade, grilled chicken, and shave ice at the Anahola Community commercial kitchen.

“Throughout the event the school will be open to the public so the public can see what the school is doing,” Norman said. “(The students) are also going to be doing tours of their sustainable garden. They’re creating their own garden and tree fair with native plants and trees and vegetables.”

All proceeds will help the school’s meal program and other campus needs. A donation of a one gallon fruit tree for the school’s food forest guarantees its donor a two-for-one entry. 

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Children five and younger are free, while tickets for children 6 to 12 are $5. Tickets may also be purchased at the school’s main office, Larry’s Music, Scotty’s Music, Vicky’s Fabrics, and all Big Save locations.


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