On Saturday, March 10, from 12- 5 pm, Kea`au Youth Business Center (KYBC) will celebrate its’ 5th Birthday and release its second original CD, Na Ano, Native Seeds, Vol. II.
The event will take place in front of the Center, located in Kea`au Town Shopping Center, across Ace Hardware, 16-540 Kea`au-Pahoa Highway. Kat and Keala from KWXX will be broadcasting the show live featuring performances by former and present students whose songs appear on the CD as well as other special guests like well-known Big Island musicians Wendell Ing and Trever Veilleux.
At 1 p.m., Joshua Pertubal and Sonny Puerto will perform “Good Vibrations”, their composition that won the Judge’s Award for Creative Merit from the national Young Media Makers Big Screen Showcase competition. Other former and present students who will perform are Makana Kamahele, Beautiful Wilson, and Kaimana Nakea as well as the groups Melekane and Soul Redemption who are also featured on the CD. Tribe Nation from Connections Public Charter School will close the show.
There will be drawings for free plants supplied by Hawai`i Community College, healthy and ono food prepared by culinary arts students and a silent auction featuring local products, art and clothing from some of the best Big Island artists and designers. All proceeds from the event will go towards launching a capital campaign to secure a permanent location for KYBC to continue it’s award-winning efforts of providing innovative pathways to higher education and workforce development and entrepreneurial training for area youth. A larger facility will enable KYBC to pursue its long-term vision of becoming a major platform for sound recording and film and video production on the Big Island and becoming a hub for attracting world-wide audiences to local products, services, and the arts.