Maui Arts & Entertainment

Educate and Elevate at Mystic Island Festival

January 5, 2011, 11:00 PM HST
* Updated January 6, 11:51 AM
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By Maesyn

We hear it everywhere. “Eco conscious,” “mindfulness,” and “deprogramming our media conditioned lifestyles.”

What used to be thought of as New Age philosophies have been taking over the mainstream. From Oprah, to feature films, to music – “conscious” is the new cool.

Still, with all this new information, a central hub is needed providing user friendly information on how to shift into more conscious lifestyles.

Mystic Island Festival is here to create just such a portal for growth and expansion. In its fourth year on Maui, the festival boasts even more magic, education and entertainment than in its successful previous years.


From Janury 26th – 31st, musicians, presenters and guests are flying to the islands from around the world to attend this highly anticipated weekend gathering featuring workshops, music, healthy delicious food, and an interactive experiential guide to a transformational lifestyle. The venue will be the campgrounds at Olowalu.


The musical lineup features a cast of Maui family musicians as well as world touring acts.


With electronica DJs such as Gaudi, DJ Dragonfly, and David Starfire, attendees can come dance the night away after a day full of educational participatory immersion.

Performers include Chris Berry, Freedom & Owl Torre, Maesyn, Youssoupha Sidibe, Sasha Rose, Jaya Lakshmi, Dreaming Bear, Shiner, Pure Love, Malka Mblissa, and more.



Mystic Island Festival is a subset of the hugely popular Mystic Garden Gathering that takes place annually in the Northwest.

Emily Tretter, the assistant producer for Mystic Garden, has been hard at work coordinating Mystic Island as she simultaneously plans for the summer event.

“It is going to be a very beautiful gathering of the conscious family here on Maui,” she said. “There are lots of great musicians coming to the island for the festival. Most excitingly, we have an awesome lineup of workshops to help educate people.”

Youssouda Sidibe

“I am really excited to check out some of the workshops! There’s stuff I’ve never even heard of before! There will be presentations on making your own non toxic cleaning supplies, edible organic facials, acro yoga, Kundalini, sound healing, healing through song, living foods, African drumming, Colon therapy, pranic rejuvenation, ayurvedic and herbal tonics, Bellydance, Yoga, Crystal sound healing, and a community building workshop.

Weekend passes and camping passes are available on the website, or you can buy them at Mandala, a clothing boutique next to Mana foods on Baldwin Ave in Paia. Cost is $175 for a weekend pass, but rates vary.

Mystic Garden is being funded through a 503c non-profit called the Alliance for Healthy Communities.

With a common mission statement, the festival and the alliance share a goal to offer educational opportunities to help people be empowered to live healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

The nonprofit is currently accepting donations to help power the festivals, educate the public, and share enlightening education in a fun and interactive way.

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