Monthly Archives: July 2016

2016 Kava Festival cancelled due to late notification and demands by UHM Food Services; 2017 Kava Festival planning meetings begin October 2016.

Aloha Kakou,

The 2016 Kava Festival has been cancelled. The ‘Awa Development Council, however, will release further information on the 2017 Kava Festival venue and time at a later date.

Unfortunately, after 10 months of continuous emails, phone calls and visits to the University of Hawaii Manoa Food Services, the ADC Secretary was finally notified by the UHM Food Services manager on July 29, 2016 that the ADC, its vendors and participants to the 2016 Kava Festival of October 8, 2016 would be subjected to unprecedented restrictions, terms and conditions in the Kava Festival’s annual 12 year history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The ADC has evaluated UHM Food Services’ notification and demands and has found them to be impractical and unreasonable to implement with just 71 days before the planned 2016 Kava Festival. Therefore, the ADC has cancelled the 2016 Kava Festival of October 8, 2016. Planning, however, for the 2017 Kava Festival will begin in October 2016.

Those interested in the 2017 Kava Festival planning are welcome to send ADC their contact information and interest to or contact its president, Jonathan Yee at (808) 256-5605 or

I Maluhia ka Honua!

Jonathan Yee