Memorial Day Weekend

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While many simply hail any three-day weekend, this last Monday in May is simply more than another day off of work, (for those lucky to have the day off).

For many, it is a day to remember those men and women who have sacrificed their lives, so that we may continue with our own life in the lifestyle of our choosing.

So whether you are enjoying the film fest, taking in the tunes in Puna, supporting the keiki and their art, or enjoying the diversity of culture that shapes this country, take a moment and remember those that make this life possible.

The Puna Music Fest Rages On

On Friday May 25, at 8 p.m. Medicine for the People will perform at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 with a suggested $5 donation toward the festival itself. Medicine for the People proves to be powerful performers with empowering lyrics and passionate storytelling.


The theater is located at 15-2942 Pahoa Village Road in Pahoa.

On Saturday May 26, at 7:30 p.m., enjoy the musical styling of Kainani Kahaunaele at Kalani EMAX located at 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Road, halfway between Kalapana and Opihikao.

This intimate evening performance with the artist has special $75 VIP tickets available, which include a dinner reception pre-performance with the artist, and of course, front row seating. General tickets are $35. For more information visit www.punamusicfestival.com.

7th Annual Big Island Film Festival


Gorgeous people will gather at the beautiful grounds of the Fairmont Orchid, Shops at Maunalani and Wailana Gardens on the Kohala Coast this weekend. From May 24 through May 28, family friendly films, some free movies, mature movies, workshops, receptions and more will be available from morning to night. For the full schedule visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com.

The Fairmont Orchid is located at 1 North Kaniku Drive in Kamuela.

Youth Art Festival

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center, (VAC) at the Volcanoes National Park, families will enjoy free fun with Taiko drumming, petting zoo, open mic and live music by Brittni Paiva. The VAC is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano.


7th Annual Hilo Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

The Wailoa State Park in Hilo will be awash in vibrant colors, feathers, jewelry, music, dancing and more at the tribal powwow on May 26 through May 28. On May 27 and May 27, events begin at 9 a.m. and end around 6 p.m.  On Monday May 28, festivities begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

This cultural and education rich event calls forth artisans, dancers and musicians who will share their knowledge and skills over the course of this alcohol and drug free event.

Wailoa State Park is located at 200 Piopio Street in Hilo. For more information visit www.hilopowwow.com.

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