Hawaii Flow Fest 2017
By Hollis Taylor (they/them/their)
Chris Berry hosts a festival celebrating Hawaii tribe, music and conscious living. The festival was held on several of the islands of Hawaii and Diversitree.org was in attendance at the Flow Fest “Big Island” Hawaii. A community of conscious individuals coming together to create a celebration with music, family friendly entertainment and inspiring workshops. The schedule was impressive with female musicians like Hope Medford and Sara Tone. Also including Bright Hawk and I on their lineup for workshops, with makes the festival vibe at least open to including female drummers, gender variant people, and queer folks in general.
I was honored to meet several amazing female drummers and creative souls from around the world at Chris Berry’s event, Bana Kuma, a spiritual tribal gathering. I was very impressed with the diversity of the tribe for the 12 day Bana Kuma event. Including souls from Hawaii, USA, New Zealand and one very special amazing soul from Australia. I found myself immediately accepted, understood, loved and celebrated by Zebiah. Here is a fantastic video where Zebiah is the female drummer in this inspiring video.
She was among a group of people gathered together to learn more about Bana Kuma. This event was very welcoming of my term for a “Spiritual Genderqueer” or Androgyne. The community, including Chris Berry, were willing to accept me as a gender variant person. They all made respectable effort to understand my perspective and my request for gender neutral pronouns. I felt celebrated as a spiritual being that held valued mysteries of the bridge between genders, truly safe space. Very little distinction was made between male or female bodied people so I was rarely faced with a separation of gender. Although there was a call for that once during the twelve days but the men were happy to have me be part of their group. Overall, the spirituality that is behind flow fest can be better understood with events such as Bana Kuma and of course Bana Kuma Band Camp. The spiritual faith held divine transformation for those it called to although very different than the magic fire circles I love to attend. I did not deeply study each of the archetypes but I did inquire about an androgynous archetype and found that Sumauhay is an androgynous archetype. My ten day primitive camping experience at Bana Kuma was interesting and eye opening for me as a Divine Androgyne mainly because of the awareness of my own self sovereignty that has emerged as a result of my self acceptance as a divine androgynous being of light.
I found that the entire group of festivals in January held by Chris Berry all carried that message about self sovereignty. I was empowered with naming it, owning it and instead of worrying about offending someone in my personal choices – I was empowered to make them and honor my own self care and desires, even if that meant connecting with the tribe. I truly appreciate the empowerment about my own self sovereignty in a way that I didn’t even realize I had already harvested. Eye opening and enlightening.
Many of the Bana Kuma attendees and Bana Kuma Band Camp were part of the spiritual opening ceremonies along with other ceremonial drum & dance expressions throughout the weekend at Flow Fest. I noticed their schedules were packed full with a variety of choices from workshops to music performances. A music festival that has spiritual intention and is open to Androgynous expressions. Some people are saying it’s an alternative choice to Evolvefest in Costa Rica. Here is the schedules and a few videos from the performances: