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BarryFest 2010

Maui’s music extravaganza of the year!

February 25, 2010
Trisha Smith

These “scientific” resolutions are based upon my own “research” conducted at various events, and lucky for us, Mana‘o Radio is hosting its own “study” once again this year during its homegrown musical showcase: BarryFest 2010.

Mana‘o Radio’s BarryFest is celebrating its eighth anniversary and the memory of station co-founder Barry Shannon on Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Keōpūolani Park Amphitheater in Kahului.

The Maui community must holdfast to treasures like Mana‘o Radio, one of the last free-form live radio stations in the nation. The commercial-free Mana‘o Radio (KEAO-LP) broadcasts all day, every day at 91.5 FM and online at

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Come unleash the flower child inside of you at Mana‘o Radio’s BarryFest 2010 on Sunday, March 7, where some of Hawai‘i’s best acts, such as The Vince Esquire Band, will play throughout this colorful day. Last year, these bluesy rockers’ performance was undeniably one of the festival’s highlights.
Photo: Trisha Smith

The nonprofit station is funded by listener donations and staffed by volunteers dedicated to “informing, educating and entertaining the Maui community through broadcasts of multi-cultural and community-related programming.” Music seems to be much of the mana‘o shared, including frequent live performances by up-and-coming and prolific artists from here and abroad.

Each year, Kathy Collins of Mana‘o Radio does a great job putting together cultural events like this one in memory of her late husband, and gives residents and visitors alike a chance to share in Maui’s local music and arts scene. There will be a silent auction, albums and logo-wear and ono local food vendors.

Bring a blanket and enjoy a day under the sun with friends, live music and the arts. You may find yourself on the front lawn busting a move and smiling ear to ear throughout the festival as the positive energy takes you over.

The line-up includes renowned singer Amy Hanaiali‘i, a Grammy nominee and performer. She and her talented brother, Eric Gilliom, performed live at this year’s recent Grammy Awards alongside multi-talented superstar Jamie Foxx.

One of Hawai‘i’s favorites, John Cruz, will also grace the stage. Cruz, always a treat to watch perform, recently shared the stage with an array of talents during his appearances around town at Stella Blues’ Supper Club, Mulligan’s on the Blue’s Gail Swanson CD release party and the Mana Maoli Collective showcase.

The Vince Esquire Band continually puts on a great show no matter what stage these solid musicians find themselves upon. Their performances are layered in bold blues and rock songs. Esquire and bassist Shawn Michael are also part of rootsy Hawaiian rock outfit Kanekoa, which is slated to release their Kingdom in a Country EP very soon.

The last year has been quite an exciting ride for Maui’s own indie rockers The Throwdowns, who will make their first BarryFest appearance this year. Besides playing internationally, signing a national distribution deal for their debut Don’t Slow Down and opening for top national acts, the fearless foursome has been keeping real, playing gigs across the Valley Isle and cruising Maui style.

Also slated to perform are the Mana‘o Radio Orchestra with Jimi Lee from Austin, Soul Concepts, Ha‘ikū Hillbillys, Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo, Mojo Gumbo, Jazz Café Regulators, Gail Swanson, Hula Honeys, DLV Trio (Dorothy, Les, Vince) and Eddie Tanaka & Friends.

Admission for BarryFest 2010 is $25 for adults and $15 for keiki (5–12) and kūpuna (65 and over). No presale tickets will be sold. And, from the looks of the stellar line-up, this small price tag is more than reasonable. All proceeds will help ensure the survival of Mana‘o Radio.

Be a part of Maui’s future in radio and music and head over to BarryFest 2010 on March 7 at the Keōpūolani Park Amphitheater, located at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului, next to the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Free parking available at the War Memorial Stadium lot across the street.




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