New Years Day at Taro Patch

SUBHEAD: Come and help us celebrate the shift in consciousness that embraces us all. Rain or Shine! We’ve got tents!  

By Ken Taylor on 28 December 2011 for Kauai New Year's Brunch -  

Image above: Ceremonial entrance to the Taro patch site in Anahola. Photograph provided by Ken Taylor.

 The Kauai Community Brunch Bunch Welcomes You to the 2012 New Year’s Day Celebration

WHERE: At the Taro Patch in Anahola!!  

WHEN: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on 1 January 2012  

CONTACT: Any questions, or if you wish to be a volunteer, please contact, Anne Thurston phone: (808) 826-7002 email: website:  

Opening Ceremony
We are honored and privileged to announce that Puna Dawson will be with us to offer an entry procession to the Taro Patch followed by an opening ceremony. The procession will start promptly at 10:30, so if you want to be present for this powerful part of the day, please arrive at the Taro Patch a little earlier. As one of the wisest and clearest spokespeople for the truth on Kaua’i (or anywhere), Puna tells us that the Hawaiian calendar marks this as a time of transition to greater clarity, characterized by three qualities of our deepest desire: intention (faith), hope and love: Ekolu me nui.  

Program Opening ceremony and prayer followed by performances.
  • Puna Dawson and Halau (opening)
  • Performers (not in order of performance)
  • +Elijah- Goddess Chant
  • Millicent and Darby Slick
  • Jivan
  • Malia and Michael Locey and Halau/Hula
  • Omashar
  • Yemaya 'dance'
  • Kekane Pa and friends
  • Aloha Africa featuring Ousmane Sall
  • Steve Backinhoff (closing circle prayer/dance)
This is a potluck. If you can, please bring a dish (main course or dessert) to serve six to eight people. Please let’s keep chips and dips to a minimum.

This event is non-profit and non-commercial. All performers and site volunteers lovingly donate their time and energy. But there are costs, so please help us with expenses if you can (including site rental, tents, eco paltes/cups/ cutlery, stage equipment, generator, prataloos, recycle bins, etc). There is a suggested donation of $10 (or more), but no one will be turned away. There will be a place for donations at the registration table.  

Directions and Parking
When you reach the Anahola Bridge, driving north from Kapa'a, the entrance to the Taro Patch (Kikoo Loop) is on the left just before you reach the Anahola shops. There will be six parking attendants throughout the area to help you park. Please don’t park at the Anahola shops. There is some parking on Kikoo Loop, although no one other than performers and organizing committee members may park on or beyond the old bridge at the Taro Patch trailhead.  

Entrance to the Taro Patch
When Kikoo Loop is full, please park either on the Highway or on Puu Hale Loop, which is the very next left turning (going north) after Kikoo Loop. This short road runs parallel to the Highway, past the the Anahola Baptist Church, and then back to the Highway at the Shave Ice Stand. By kind permission of the Anahola Japanese Community Association, you may park in the Church parking lot after 12:30 when church is over. (Please DO NOT park in parking lot before 12:30!!) Mahalo from all of us!!
‘I’m going to do my part, within myself and within the world, to bring about a shift that lets us live more authentically, more lovingly, more intuitively, more creatively, more collaboratively. That's my idea of spiritual evolution.’ - Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Magazine, January 2012, p 142

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