Fair rides were set up and operating, local music and entertainment were to be enjoyed, and food booths encumbered the parking lot at the Laie Shopping Center where community members, as well as BYU-Hawaii students, had the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the Summer Bash as part of the 17th annual Laie Days festival.
Students said they heard about the bash in various ways. They said they saw an advertisement for the Bash, were told about it by friends, or heard the music from the street. But Berit Müller, a sophomore in graphic design from Germany, said, “I heard it from church actually—ward council meeting. We came in for the last few songs. It was nice to just sit and listen to the live music. I liked that.”
Emily Georgeson, a senior from San Diego studying social work, witnessed the festivities from afar a while ago. She said, “Last year I worked at Pizza Hut and I was so bummed because I couldn’t go. So this year I was like, ‘I have to go and have fun!’ I went for the last hour and the rides were closed, but I got to hear the local music. Crossed it off my bucket list.”
There were local musicians who played at the Summer Bash, including Da Braddah’s, The Keawe Ohana, Island Magic, Hawaiian Soul, and musicians from the Polynesian Cultural Center. The music, along with the several rides and activities, made it a great place for the families of Laie to go and enjoy their evening, according to attendees.
Ikaika Fowlke, a freshman from Wyoming studying biology education, said, “We went to see what was going on. There were music events and kids rides. It was really family based. There were a lot of families in the huge tent and in the playpens just chillin’. We were going to go on one of the rides, but we were like, ‘Man, that line is really, really long.’”