Kanikapila in Pāhoa

Mahalo to everyone who joined us for the 2014 Puna Music Festival. See you next year!

It was an amazing night at Kanikapila! Check out the gallery >

Our closing event, the Kanikapila (jam session) on Saturday May 10th from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, fills the streets of Pāhoa Village as it comes alive with music everywhere – from balconies, porches, windows, inside restaurants, and inside the historic Akebono Theater.


Whimsical and surprising, the event brings together community and a wide range of music, from Hawaiian, to folk, to rock ‘n roll!


All donation proceeds  go to Hawaiian culture programming at schools and non-profits throughout Puna.


* Shuttles will be running from Kalani Hale Aloha to Pahoa Bank of Hawaii from 5:00-10:00. See posted schedules at Kalani for times.

Featured Venues

Akebono Theater

Unify at the Akebono Theater, Pahoa, HI

AkebonoDate: Saturday, May 10, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location:  Historic Akebono Theater. 15-2942 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
Cost: Free Admission (21+ ID required). Full cash bar service provided by Luquins
Sponsored By: Luquins & DeepFreq Music

  • Explore the Art Deco Akebono
  • See work from local artists
  • Witness amazing dance performances
  • Experience cosmic visual stimuli by Shon Esdhlacoda
  • Step into a fully immersive environment provided by the BloominEye/DeepFreq crew (Cheasequah Red Bird, Everelet, & Sway).
  • Enjoy the sounds of Puna’s top DJs:

- Serena Devi Aum (Deep Downtempo)
- Inner Forest (Ethno Whomp)
- Maura Starr (Tribal Techno)
- Opulence (Deep Roots)
- Ender (Sexy Squish)

UNIFY Facebook page


Grand Central

Grand Central Stage

Kanikapila1Date: Saturday, May 10, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location:  Savio Real Estate
Cost: Free/By Donation
Sponsored By:  Suisan, Kalani & Savio Real Estate
Music:  Hawaiian – Traditional and Modern

  • Pick up your Kanikapila map/program;
  • Enjoy free poke courtesy of Suisan;
  • Grab festival gear;
  • And, if you are participating in our costume contest, have your photo taken for your chance to win a $500 prize package!

Performer Schedule:

4:45 – 6:00 Uncle Robert’s Awa Band
6:15 – 7:15 Sean Robbins
7:30 – 8:30 Dennis and Christy Soares
8:45 – 10:00 Bruddah Kuz
Mainstreet Pahoa Stage

Mainstreet Pahoa Stage

Mainstreet StageDate: Saturday, May 10, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location:  Cash & Carry Parking Lot
Cost: Free/By Donation
Sponsored By:  Mainstreet Pahoa, Pahoa Boosters Club
Music:  Rock ʻn Roll!

  • Pick up your Kanikapila map/program;
  • Enjoy roving performances from the children of Hiccup Circus;
  • Support the Pahoa Boosters Club;
  • Rock on!

Performer Schedule:

5:00 – 7:30 R.I.T.A.
7:45 – 10:00 M80s
Around Town

Around Town

Date: Saturday, May 10, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

In addition to the lineups at Akebono Theater, Grand Central and the Mainstreet Pahoa Stage, Kanikapila includes live music at many Pahoa businesses throughout the evening:

Big Island Book Buyers
Albert Bicknell

Black Rock Café
Guy Cruz

Boogie Woogie Pizza
Dan Nix

Habitat Tattoo
Lionheart Action
Syndicate Sound

Hawaii Island Dreams
Robert Matinjossi And Friends

County Parking Lot
Hawaiian Sanctuary
Tribadelic Anarchestra

Island Naturals Pahoa
Terrapin Station

Irie Hawaii
Hawaiian Roots Band

Jan’s Barber & Beauty Shop
Puna Men’s Chorus

Jeff Hunt Surfboards
The Hiccup Circus Performance Troupe

Kaleo’s Bar & Grill
Randy Lorenzo

La Hiko ‘Ola Awa Bar
Ethan Swift

Lava Shack
Jazz Odyssey

Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant
Diedra Nunn

Mike’s New York Pizzeria


Pahoa Chiropractic Health Center
Smack Dab

Sirius Hot Spot
Tom Cagney

Tin Shack Bakery
Tiana Malone

Celebrate Your Nature - to Win!

Wear green and something from Puna’s landscape, and be festive at Kanakipila! The best costume that “celebrates your nature” will win a $500 prize package from Suisan and Kalani.

Get your photo taken at the Suisan booth at Grand Central to enter.

Mahalo to Kanikapila’s Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:


Kanikapila Sponsors:

Participating Businesses:

  • Boogie Woogie Pizza
  • Island Naturals
  • Luquins
  • Hawaiian Sanctuary
  • Kaleos
  • Puna Style