Puna News — Puna Music Festival Starts Sunday; Kanikapila In Pahoa Is May 10

PMF_BigIslandChronicle_FullPage_Final_bleeds(Media release) — Presented by KAPA FM, supported by the Hawaiian Tourism Authority, the County of Hawaii, and Suisan, and stewarded by Kalani, The Fourth Annual Puna Music Festival kicks off on May 4th with a free, open concert from 11 AM to 5 PM at scenic Pohoiki. Located along Puna’s enchanting conservation coastline, the Pohoiki Open Concert features headline artist and Hawaiian luminary, Paula Fuga, and legendary John Cruz.

Celebrating its fourth year, the Puna Music Festival embodies the vibrant, diverse, and authentically Hawaiian presence that is the hallmark of Puna. With a week-long program of concerts, events, workshops, and classes from May 4 through May 10, the Puna Music Festival has quickly grown to become the second-largest multi-day festival in East Hawai?i.

Puna has increasingly attracted a multicultural, artistic, and innovative population, as well as visitors who seek authentic, adventurous experiences. The Puna Music Festival is a potent expression of the magic available when a growing community comes together to celebrate and share their music and authentic Hawaiian culture.

Returning this year to the Puna Music Festival is the popular and whimsical Kanikapila in P?hoa, presented by Suisan. At this closing event on Saturday, May 10th, from 5PM to 10PM, music is played from balconies, windows, and storefronts throughout the historical town. More than forty locations participate each year. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in green and incorporate nature into jubilant costumes, with prizes awarded to those best expressing this year’s theme, “Celebrate Your Nature.”

Other key events include the Kalapana Night Market Celebration, featuring headline artist Kuana Torres Kahele, on Wednesday, May 7th, and an Intimate Evening with Kaumakaiwa Kanaka?ole, a talk-story style concert to be held at the Kalani EMAX on Friday, May 9th. Hosted by Jaz and Ka?ea of KAPA FM, the talented and delightful Kaumakaiwa will share stories of the Kanaka?ole ?ohana, creating mesmerizing music that has become a voice of the new generation.

Local Hawaiian k?puna have shown strong support for this jubilant event. Born and raised in Opihikao, Auntie Dottie Kyser says, “Over the past four years, we have seen the impact that this festival has made, not only in generating excitement and fostering community, but also in grounding our cultural heritage in music and celebration in Puna.”

Throughout the seven-day festival, over one hundred artists from Puna and beyond will collaborate in performances at different locations throughout the District. The 2014 Festival features an exceptional roster of artists, including:

  • Paula Fuga
  • Kuana Torres Kahele
  • Kaumakaiwa Kanaka?ole
  • John Cruz
  • Jaz Kaiwiko?o
  • Mike Love
  • Hawane Rios
  • Sean Robbins
  • Uncle Robert’s Awa Band
  • Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah
  • Kumu Ehulani Stephany and Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali ?Ala O Puna

In addition to the week’s roster of diverse performances, the Puna Music Festival also presents festival-goers with a unique opportunity to participate in collaborative, educational experiences with artists including vocalist and Hawaiian cultural ambassador Paula Fuga, who will lead a songwriting workshop at Kalani on May 5th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Other featured workshops include oli with Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, and learning to make and play the ?Ohe Hano Ihu (nose flute) with Manu Josiah.


“There is nothing more wonderful than to see the diverse people of Puna come together to celebrate this beautiful district,” said L.J. Bates, Executive Director at Kalani. “By stewarding this festival, we hope that all will see the richness of the culture here, and the incredible destination it has become.”


For the complete calendar of events and to purchase tickets, please visit http://punamusicfestival.com/. For more information, to lend support to programs, or to request an auxiliary aid or modification, please call 965-7828 or email events@kalani.com.

Click here to view Paula Fuga’s inspiring 2012 TedxMaui Talk with live performance

Click here to view a live performance of Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole performaing “Ola’A” on WYCC PBS Chicago’sMusicology.

Click here to view Kuana Torres Kahele performing “Waimanu I Ka Lauoha.”


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