Free mu­sic fes­ti­val to en­cour­age fans to ‘get in­volved’

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - DETOURS - Elizabeth Kieszkowski, Star-Ad­ver­tiser

Hawaii slack-key vir­tu­oso Makana (pic­tured be­low) and Taimane, known for her py­rotech­nics on the ukulele, will join Ken­neth Makuakane, Black Square, Ja­marek, Men In Grey Suits, Hawai‘iki and more is­land mu­si­cians, ac­tivists and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions in pre­sent­ing a free con­cert, Power to the Pos­i­tive: A Night of Unity, from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri­day — the same day as Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion — at the Waikiki Shell.

Spurred by the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and the de­par­ture of Hawaii-born out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the free mu­sic fes­ti­val has the theme “Get In­volved,” and mis­sion of “Cre­at­ing Pos­i­tive Out­comes in Hawaii & Be­yond” — en­cour­ag­ing Honolulu res­i­dents to en­gage with lo­cal and na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, and to speak out on is­sues in­clud­ing cli­mate change and the en­vi­ron­ment, health care and hu­man rights.

“There is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to get more peo­ple en­gaged and ac­tive than ever be­fore; in ad­di­tion, there is a higher need than ever be­fore to do so,” said or­ga­nizer Mark Tarone, in an email an­nounc­ing plans for the con­cert. “Power to the Pos­i­tive is about get­ting in­volved, tak­ing ac­tion and lift­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and hearts.”

Food ven­dors will in­clude Hawai­ian Fresh Farms, In­dia Cafe and Is­tan­bul Res­tau­rant. Or­ga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in­clude the Demo­cratic

Party of Hawaii, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Hawaii Ap­ple­seed Cen­ter for Law and Eco­nomic Jus­tice, The World Can’t Wait Hawaii, Com­mu­nity Al­liance on Pris­ons Hawaii and Hawaii Cen­ter for Food Safety.

Tarone, an events pro­ducer with T-Rx En­ter­tain­ment, who or­ga­nized the Hal­low­baloo fes­ti­val, is co-pro­duc­ing this event with Tim Van­de­veer, chair of the Demo­cratic Party of Hawaii.

Gates at the Waikiki Shell will open at 5 p.m. The event will be open to all ages. There will be no out­side food, drink or wa­ter per­mit­ted. Info: Blais­del­lCen­ter.com. In­ter­ested or­ga­ni­za­tions may con­tact Tarone: mark@rootsmu­sichawaii.com.

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