BLUEGRASS IN THE KO`OLAU

at HO`OMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDENS, Kaneohe, O`ahu
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday April 26 - 29, 2019

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Bluegrass in the Ko`olau kicks off FRIDAY, April 26, at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe! Join us for one, two, three or four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday April 26 - 29), as an acoustic musician, or as somebody who just loves to listen to great homegrown bluegrass and traditional music! ALL ARE WELCOME to this FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! Although this is a free event, we request a donation of $40 for the weekend, which considering it includes camping fees and meals for the weekend is cheap! MAHALO!

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND REGISTERED WITH BLUEGRASS HAWAII TO CAMP! Registration is now open through Friday April 19th and is limited to the first 200 people. Not sure if you're a member? Please email Virginia Hayes at ginrose55@gmail.com to register and check on membership status, and include the following items:

  1. Name of all campers over 18 (anyone over 18 must be a member)
  2. Number of campers total, including children
  3. Email address where we can contact you
  4. Tasks for which you would like to volunteer (see list below)

Please help us out by volunteering for one of the following:

Anyone not a member can join Bluegrass Hawaii at www.bluegrasshawaii.com/joinus.html.

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RULES OF THE GARDEN

We have been fortunate to have the continued welcome of this beautiful botanical garden. PLEASE KOKUA AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE PARK!

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Schedule subject to change...

Friday, April 26
9:00 amPark opens; find your campsite, set up your tent and START JAMMING!
4:00 pmPark CLOSES to general public; anybody who stays needs a parking pass-see EXIT AND ENTRY, below
5:30 - 6:30 pmGate open for entry (cars with permits only) and exit
6:30 pmDinner
6:30 - 8:30Contradance at the Pavilion with Contra Dancers of Hawaii
Join us for some post-prandial foot-stomping
8:30 pm till ???Open Jamming, Campfire
9:00 - 9:15 pmGate open for EXIT ONLY
Saturday, April 27
9:00 amPark opens for entry and exit
10:00 amVocal Workshop with Evelyn Greene
"Harmony:Know the rules so you can break 'em!"
11:00 pmBluegrass Jamming Basics
Bob Schornstheimer has been doing this workshop on basics of jamming for years! Come with your axe and without your inhibitions.
11:00 pmFiddling Workshop
Lesley Kline will lead another session of her fiddle calisthenics.
12:00 pmLunch
12:30 pmBand Scramble
Sign up starting Friday noon at the registration table for this event!
2:15 pmBand Performances
2:15: Low Biscus
2:55: Sand Hill
3:35: Sam and the Saiko Ninjaz
4:15: North Shore Ramblers
4:00 pmPark CLOSES; see EXIT AND ENTRY, below
5:30 - 6:30 pmGate open for entry (cars with permits only) and exit
6:30 pmDinner
7:30 pm till ???Open Jamming, Campfire
9:00 - 9:15 pmGate open for EXIT ONLY
Sunday, April 28
9:00 amPark opens for entry and exit
9:00 amFiddlers' Convention
For fiddlers and others interested in playing fiddle tunes. Bring a tune or two to share.
10:00 pmGospel Sing
Starts at 10
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 2:00Open No-Mike with genial host/enforcer Andy Char.
Ten-minutes slots (subject to review based on number of sign ups). Sign up starting Saturday at 3:00 at the registration table.
4:00 pmPark CLOSES; see EXIT AND ENTRY, below
5:30 - 6:30 pmGate open for entry (cars with permits only) and exit
9:00 - 9:15 pmGate open for EXIT ONLY
Monday, April 29
9:00 amCLEAN UP!
4:00 pmPark CLOSES; see EXIT AND ENTRY, below

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ENTRY & EXIT

This may be the most important thing you need to know about the park! Ho`omaluhia CLOSES at 4:00 PM every day, and the gates are closed and locked. However, there are two other gate openings:

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PARKING PASSES (ALL GUESTS)

ALL guests (campers and non-campers) who wish to stay past 4:00 PM on any day of our event must check in at the Visitors' Center to obtain parking passes for their vehicles. Please do this before proceeding to our site! The Visitors' Center is open between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM all four days of our event. You will need to provide your license plate number, make of your car, number of people in your party, and the name of your campground (Kahua Nui), and please let 'em know you're with the Bluegrass Hawai`i group.

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LATE ARRIVALS

If you cannot arrive at the Garden by 4PM on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there's another very short window of opportunity on each day during which you can enter the gates. But you'll need to call ahead to arrange for a parking pass! On the day you plan to come, call the Visitors' Center at 233-7323 and ask them to leave your parking pass with the security guard. (Remember, you'll need to provide your license plate number, make of your car, number of people in your party, and the name of your campground--Kahua Nui--and let 'em know you're with Bluegrass Hawai`i!) If you arrive between 5:30 and 6:30 PM, the guard will let you in. That's right: between 5:30 and 6:30 PM!

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FOR CAMPERS ONLY

Where To Camp: Please pitch your tent to the LEFT of the pavilion and up the gentle slope, as you're facing the mountains. If you pitch your tent close to the pavilion or restrooms, you will be asked to move it.

What To Bring: The bathrooms have cold-water showers and sinks; the pavilion also has cold-water sinks. You'll also need to bring:

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