Mana’o Radio and Pacific Biodiesel Present: A Concert For Ukraine In The Maui Sunflowers
April 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event is now SOLD OUT —
But you can still help us Stand Up For Ukraine!
Philanthropists Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez have announced they will donate up to $50,000 to match funds raised as part of this event!
This live music event featuring a daylong lineup of performances by a variety of Maui musicians will be hosted on Sunday, April 24 from 9AM to 5PM at the family farm of Pacific Biodiesel founders, Bob and Kelly King, in Maui’s Central Valley where a 35-acre field of sunflowers – the national flower of Ukraine – will be in bloom.
Blessing 9:00-9:15 AM
George Kahumoku Jr 9:15-9:45 AM
Gail Swanson 9:55-10:25 AM
Jimmy Dillon & Dayan Kai 10:35-11:05 AM
Arlie Asiu Band 11:15-11:50 AM
Soul Kitchen 12:05-12:50 PM
Intermission 12:50-1:10 PM
Benny Uyetake 1:10-1:45 PM
Rowdy Love 2:00-2:45 PM
Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band 3:00-3:45 PM
Marty Dread and the House Shakers with Nara Boone 4:00-5:00 PM
The Music – Morning:
George Kahumoku Jr
George Kahumoku Jr. is a musician specializing in slack-key guitar. Born in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, he has been labeled a Hawaiian “renaissance man”. He received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album for the compilation album Legends Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Live From Maui.
Singer/songwriter Gail Swanson has been a beloved part of the Maui music scene for years, and has played in just about every venue and club on the island.
She has opened for, jammed with, written and recorded with many of her musical friends and heroes. (Including Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons, Lisa Loeb, Michael McDonald, David Crosby, Melissa Etheridge and more) Gail has released 5 CDs and is forever grateful for a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award in the rock category in 2002. Her original indie folk/rock style has evolved over the years, always reflecting her life journey with lyrics that are quite personal but easy to relate to. She has toured on the mainland over the years and played full time, but now she mainly focuses on special events and fundraisers that are dear to her heart here on Maui. Aside from jamming in Italy every Sept with friends, she is based here on island and thankful and proud to be part of the musical community.
Jimmy Dillon & Dayan Kai
Jimmy Dillon & Dayan Kai serve up a combination of original music and favorite songs with sublime harmonies and exquisite musicianship. Featuring blues master Jimmy Dillon on acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Dayan Kai on guitar, piano, and reeds.
Arlie Asiu Band
Catch multi-layered musician, composer and community personality, Arlie Asiu, with his brand new band! Arlie is a respected ‘ukulele teacher and dexterous stringster who is celebrated for his four albums and two Nā Hokū Hanohano Award nominations.
Soul Kitchen has been entertaining audiences with their upbeat Zydeco/Soul style for almost a decade. The big band has become a staple of the Maui music scene. Soul Kitchen will give you the horns, drums, beats, bass and powerful vocals that make you wanna stomp your feet!
The Music – Afternoon:
Music teacher by day, performer at night–Benny Uyetake is the Maui’s ‘ukulele superman. His passion for entertaining started at a young age, and sharing his knowledge of music and performing is second nature. Benny plays music that touches his soul: contemporary, old style Hawaiian, rhythm and blues, soul, Jazz and rock.
Rowdy Love Band
Rowdy Love is a folk duo featuring Stina Lynn & Aaron Jernigan. You may recognize them from Flat Jackson, or supporting an array of Maui artists in their ‘ohana. They’re creative and daring in their tasty gumbo of original music with echoes of folk, country, rockabilly, soul, and rock and roll. Rowdy Love combines colorful songwriting with heartfelt lyrics, powerful vocals, and an energetic driving rhythm section.
Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band
Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band’s musical roots originated in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia. The talented multi-instrumentalist band members are Orion Hitzig, Xander Hitzig, Matt Del Olmo, Justin Morris. Their lively engaging music is influenced by bluegrass, gypsy, folk, old-time standards, Celtic and classical.
Marty Dread will be joined by the House Shakers. After a 2 year break from live performing, this combination is itching to perform together again. The House Shakers are made up of 4 of Maui’s most respected musicians and have backed up some of the top vocalists from Maui and beyond. Marty Dread is one of the most sought-after performers on island. In recent years he has expanded his repertoire well beyond Reggae to include many classic R&B and Soul tunes. Warning: this band will get you dancing!
During this event, attendees will be able to view the sunflowers and visit the on-site Farm Stand to purchase products manufactured from the sustainable farming operation by the Kings’ company, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, LLC, including culinary oils and cosmetic (including CBD) products. Food trucks will be on site and will incorporate menu items prepared with Maiden Hawaii Naturals culinary oils.
100% of ticket sales, as well as a portion of the proceeds from farm stand and food truck sales during the event, will benefit UNICEF USA for Ukraine Emergency Relief.
UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is focusing its humanitarian work in Ukraine on meeting the most critical urgent needs as the situation for children and families there continues to deteriorate. According to a recent statement by UNICEF USA, two million children have now been forced to flee Ukraine, as the war rages on. “The situation inside Ukraine is spiraling,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “As the number of children fleeing their homes continues to climb, we must remember that every single one of them needs protection, education, safety and support.”
Parking: Parking will be a $5 minimum donation per car at the gate. Due to limited parking at the farm, carpooling is encouraged. A complimentary cut sunflower bloom will be given with each parking donation. Vehicles must enter the farm through the main gate located on Honoapiilani Highway just north of the Kuihelani Highway intersection (look for the yellow gate near the silver farm silos). As a reminder, the State has posted no parking signs on both highways along the perimeter of the farm. Gates open at 8:30AM.
At The Event: Seating under the event tent will be provided. To minimize waste, please bring your water bottle to refill at water stations on site. No alcohol or coolers. Visitors to the farm are encouraged to wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Wearing hats and reef-safe sunscreen is also recommended at the farm site.
For more information, call Pacific Biodiesel at 808.866.5101.
Mahalo to our Sponsors: Hawaiian Electric, Maui Tropical Plantation, Maui Disposal, Hawaiian Paddle Sports.
Disclaimer: This benefit concert’s lineup of musical performances and/or performance times are subject to change. If the event must be cancelled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, ticket buyers will have the option to receive a full refund. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to UNICEF USA for Ukraine Emergency Relief; your e-ticket receipt will serve as a record of your tax-deductible donation.