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Change Is In The Air’ is the newest release from Manoa and comes off of the new EP, due out by the end of 2018. The song was inspired by The Pacific Earth School, an urban permaculture farm and learning center on Stradbroke/Minjerribah Island. The song embodies the message of personal and cultural transformation through new ways of education and new ways of being connected to each other and the more-than-human world.

Jarrah Kurth – Drums
John Dixon – Bass
Chel Bell- Sax


Island Elements Festival is held on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). We give thanks and respect to the traditional custodians of the land, the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay.

Island Elements Festival is an immersive three day sanctuary. A place for creative self-expression, thought and healing. Island Elements features rejuvenating workshops, inspirational talks, live entertainment and a vibrant market village. Be encompassed by the luscious island spirit and treat yourself to three days of culture and community in a holistically nurturing environment. This intimate island gathering is your time to activate, rejuvenate and celebrate life. Dance, heal, swim, relax and unlock your hidden potential.


California-born and Byron based roots artist Manoa weaves a dynamic soundscape of upbeat songs with positive messages and intention. His music ranges from laid back soulful folk melodies to groovy reggae loops that uplift the spirit and inspire bodies to move. Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Caribbean and experiencing the music of the islands.

Manoa released his latest single ‘Change Is In The Air’ in 2018 and is releasing his new EP in November 2018. He will be touring the new EP throughout Australia, Bali, New Zealand and America. ‘The Water Song’, written to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, was released in 2016. The music video was created in collaboration with Uplift Connect and has received worldwide acclaim.

Manoa has played at Splendour In The Grass (2016), Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016), O’Heart Festival (2017/18) and other folk festivals around Australia. He has also supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, The Floating Bridges, and Nicky Bomba.

With a background as a marine biologist and after completing his PhD in Environmental Education & Ecopsychology from Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay to focus on music full time. He lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 and where he experienced the power of music to bring community together. Manoa co-produced the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’ because he strongly believes in the magnetic power of music to bring healing, empowerment, self expression and to build and bond community.

He is also a cultural ambassador for the Pacific Village and Earth School on Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah and runs workshops around music and connection to the more than human world.