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  • First Thursdays Poetry Slam at Fresh Cafe - Thursday 9/4/2014

FIRST THURSDAYS: $100 NATIONALLY CERTIFIED SLAM POETRY COMPETITION AND OPEN MIC... An evening of performance poetry, music, and live art hosted by Kealoha. Featuring Mike Mcgee (World Champ and HBO Def Poet). Winner of the night receives $100. LOCATION: Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen Street (@ intersection with Cooke Street), Thursday 9/4/2014, 8:30pm. Admission is $3 before 8:30pm, and $5 after. For more info, check out the website at, send an email to, or call 387-9664.

The official 2014-2015 slam season begins this September!! On September 4th, the HawaiiSlam team will start qualifiers for its 12th official team. The top two poets from each monthly slam will qualify for the 2015 Grand Slam Finals for a chance to represent Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam.

The special feature for the show is legendary poet Mike Mcgee... a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and HBO Def Poet!! He has performed in thousands of venues all over North America, and was one of the first Americans ever to perform poetry at the University la Sorbonne in Paris, France. His feature performance on HBO's Def Poetry Jam was one of the highest ranked in popularity for 2005, and his humor has made him a household name in the poetry slam community. Even more amazing, Mike was born with the birth defect Spina Bifida (, and is very lucky to be walking, talking, thinking and breathing. As always, the night will be hosted by Kealoha, and will also feature live painters and a guest DJ who will provide turntable sorcery throughout the evening.

Fresh Cafe is located at 831 Queen Street (@ intersection with Cooke Street). Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm. Admission is $3 before 8:30pm and $5 after. For more info, check out the website at, send an email to, or call 387-9664.

(808) 387-9664

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    Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program.

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