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Braddah Smitty’s Laupahoehoe Music Festival

February 20, 2013, 8:27 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:14 PM
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This short month is jam-packed with festive fun. Saturday, February 23, proves no different with Braddah Smitty’s 8th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival.

The entertainment lineup includes local favorites such as, Mark Yamanaka, The Lim Family, Kanakapila, Times 5, Ho’onanea, Darlene Ahuna and more.

The Laupahoehoe School Ukulele Band, Halau O Mailelaulani, and Halau O Ke Anuenue will also perform. Years back, Smitty wanted to give back to a small community with needs like any other.

Supporting the keiki was his priority. In 2005, Malama Hawai’i Nei, a non-profit was formed with the input and help of some key community members. Since this music fest’s inception in 2006, approximately $30,000 has been awarded to Laupahoehoe area seniors for their college education.

Last year, Braddah Smitty passed away. His memory will be kept alive, and his contributions honored at this year’s event.

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This year a silent auction will also take place. Proceeds will help purchase an environmentally friendly, fuel efficient hybrid bus to transport the area’s keiki to the public charter school.

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Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the gate. The music festival takes place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, along the Hamakua Coast off Highway 19, past the 27 mile marker.

Tickets are available at 50’s Highway Cafe, Taro Patch, Sakado Store, Shark’s Coffee, Music Exchange and Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles.

For more information visit www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.com.

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