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By Evie Lindblom - Reporter. September 13, 2018 - 1:55 pm
The lively sounds of indie bands, local artists and vendors echoed from the Waikiki Shell this past weekend. The Green Room Festival, held annually, is a celebratory festival with a central ideology of bringing the community together to share their love for the beach and surf culture.
Over Friday and Saturday, the event consisted of an exciting music line-up, yoga and promising vendors. Makua Rothman, a local reggae musician from the North Shore set the bar high on Friday with his acoustic melodies easing festival-goers into the night ahead.
The Babe Rainbow, who travelled all the way from Byron Bay, Australia, changed up the tempo closely after Rothman with psychedelic rock. The indie band owned the stage in vibrant outfits straight from the 70s, and the Diamond Head crater in the background added to their magical aura.
Alongside the rad tunes, there was yoga offered to the festival goers. The Yogis switched their poses in time with the tunes, artists’ brushes danced across their canvas’ and vendors swayed in their colorful booths; the festival grounds had come alive.
The Green Room Festival began to fill up as the sun began to set when Mike Love, a local reggae musician, stepped onto the main stage. A crowd formed around Love and danced together to his tunes.
Among the audience was Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Senior, Jenna Allen. Allen explained that, to her, “the festival means diversity.” She believes, “it is important for the community to come together and support local talent and art. It’s also a space of environmental consciousness and preservation, to come together and show love to the beaches and ocean that we all rely on so much.”
Allen was one of few HPU students that attended the festival, and explained, “events such as The Green Room Festival should be better advertised across campus. It’s such a great way to get to know all kinds of people from the island and get involved in the community’s effort to wake environmental awareness.”
Taylor Ditty, a vendor at the festival had set up a small booth where she was selling her eco-friendly active swimwear, Sundaze. Ditty said, “Sundaze and the festival [have] the same concept to spread awareness of the amount of plastic we put in our ocean and what we can do to make a positive impact on this growing problem.”
Anuhea, followed by an intimate set with Allah-Las, finished the Friday night off with elation as the crowd burst out their loudest cheers and “hana hou.”
Allen had a smile on her face as the festivities came to its end, saying, “this is my first time at the festival and I hope more students will attend in the future. The Green Room Festival has been a memorable and beautiful experience.”