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Puna Music Fest At Uncle Robert’s

May 5, 2014, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:48 PM
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The Fourth Annual Puna Music Fest will move to the popular Kalapana Night Market Wednesday, May 7, with Kuana Torres Kahele and Uncle Robert’s Awa Band scheduled to perform. Wednesday evenings are famous at the market for local music, food and crafts presented by the Keliʻihoʻomalu ʻOhana.

On Friday the Festival features Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole performing at the Kalani EMAX in a talk-story style concert hosted by Jaz and Kaʻea of KAPA FM. The concert format gives the artist a platform to tell of the paths that led to his music and success.

The Kanakaole ʻohana has longstanding roots with the land in this ahupuaʻa along with the heiau and halau at Kalani, and this performance honors those connections in the voice of a new generation, said the festival website.

Proceeds benefit Hawaiian Culture programs at schools, halaus and nonprofits in Puna.

The festival’s feature event on Saturday night is the Kanikapila (jam session), bringing Pāhoa Village alive with music being performed everywhere –from balconies, porches, windows, restaurants and the historic Akebono Theater, from 5-10 p.m.


“Whimsical and surprising, the event brings together community and a wide range of music, from Hawaiian, to folk, to rock ‘n roll,” said the website.


The festival is presented by KAPA FM and supported by the Hawaiian Tourism Authority and the County of Hawaii. Click here for a complete schedule of daily festival workshops, performances and special events.

Disclosure: KAPA FM is owned by Pacific Media Group, which also owns this publication.

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