Kanikapila in Pāhoa

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Your guide to live music at over 20 locations in Pahoa Town on Saturday May 9th.

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Mahalo to everyone who joined us at Kanikapila in Pahoa during the 2015 Puna Music Festival. Check out our photo gallery. See you next year!

Our closing event, the Kanikapila (jam session) on May 9th 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!


Date: Saturday, May 9th 2015
Time: 5:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Main Street Pahoa Stages
Cost: Free
* Shuttles will be running from Kalani Hale Aloha to and from Pahoa Bank of Hawaii 4:30PM-11:00PM. See posted schedules at Kalani for times.

Lineup & Schedule

The 2015 Kanikapila details are being finalized. The following artists have been confirmed.

Grand Central Stage (Savio Realty Across from Bank of Hawaii):

- 5:00-6:00pm – Puna Men’s Chorus
- 6:00-7:30pm – Inoue Ohana with Demetrius Oliveira
- 7:30-8:30pm – Brittni Paiva – On Youtube
- 8:30-10:00pm – Mary Isis – On Soundcloud

NAPA Auto Parts Stage:

- 5:00-8:00pm – R.I.T.A.
- 8:00-10:00pm – Ironwoods -  On Bandcamp

Historic Akebono Theater Stage:

- 6:00-11:00PM Nexus Presents: BLOOM
Enjoy a fully immersive dance floor experience featuring Big Island’s finest.
Free, 21+ and a full cash bar.
6:00pm – Rob Noble – On Soundcloud
7:00pm – Tapedek – On Soundcloud
8:00pm – Maura Starr – On Soundcloud
9:00pm – Opulence – On Soundcloud
10:00pm – Le Boom Clique – On Soundcloud

Decor by Nexus Presents
Lighting by NGenius Paramedia
Visuals by Shon Esdhlacoda

Bloom Facebook Event

Around Town Locations:

- Black Rock Café – J. Free Band – On Facebook
- Boogie Woogie Pizza – Dan Nix
- County of Hawaii/Greggor Ilagan, presented by Hawaiian Sanctuary – Hayley Rose – On Facebook
- Habitat Tattoo – Lionheart Action Syndicate – On Bandmine
- Irie Hawaii Smoke Shop – One Rhythm
- Island Naturals:  5:00-6:30pm Terrapin Station – On Facebook, 7:00pm-10:00pm Love Eternal – Website
- Jeff Hunt Surfboards – M80’s; Ashes Grey
- Kaleo’s: 5:00-7:00pm Randy Lorenzo , 7:00-9:00pm Vaughn Valentino
- La Hiki Ola Awa Bar – Ethan Swift & Friends
- Lava Shack – Live DJ
- Luquins – Deidra
- Mike’s NY Pizzeria – TBA
- Nancy Kramer CPA – Mama Ish
- Pahoa Museum – Mahmud
- Pahoa Properties – Tommy Osuna – Website
- Pahoa YBA Hall – Puna Taiko – On Facebook
- Sirius Hotspot Coffee – Thom Gagny
- Tin Shack Bakery – Puna Tribaldelic Anarchistra
- Vitality Natural Medicine Clinic – Sugarcane Williams


Are you a Pahoa business owner who would like to host live music at Kanikapila? Learn more about how to participate.


Mahalo to our Kanikapila sponsors for 2015!

Savio Realty
Big Island Chronicle
Hawai’i Tourism Authority
Hawaii Tribune Herald
Mainstreet Pahoa
NAPA Auto Parts
SAVIO Realty
Solar Reyes

Puna Music Festival: Kanikapila

Featured Kanakapila Artists

Brittni PaivaScreen Shot 2015-05-05 at 10.00.01 AM at Grand Central Stage. Brittni is a multi award winning ukulele instrumentalist from Hilo, Hawaii.  She began her journey with piano lessons at the age of four.  In the subsequent years, Brittni has picked up the drums, bass, guitar as well as countless other instruments.  When Brittni was 11, she picked up the ukulele, and that became her passion.  Now at 26 years of age, Brittni has produced a total of 5 CD’s, and is now working on her 6th CD which is slated to be released in 2015.  One of Brittni’s goals when it comes to creating music with the ukulele is to apply it to non traditional genres, and to play music that will enlighten people and make them smile.  From pop, alternative, to now EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Brittni transforms the ukulele and endeavors to make it front and center.  Brittni has also pioneered the looping technique when applied to the ukulele, as you can see in some of her YouTube videos.

DJ OpulenceDJ Opulence at BLOOM (Akebono Theatre). Rooted in the art of audio shamanism, the sound of Opulence is expansive and transcendental, with an underlying current of unmistakable bliss and beauty. Inspired by the multidimensional complexity of life, Opulence’s performances span across a multitude of feelings, emotions, and states of being. From silky smooth cosmic downtempo, to full-on tribalistic outbreaks of digital ecstasy, you can expect a grand voyage into the great beyond where the dark and the light, the digital and organic, the DJ and dancer become One. Opulence is Andy Freist, the lead director of Inspiral Audio and DreamDance Hawaii, two Hawaii-based event production companies that strive to spread the medicine of modern psychedelic music to the local community and the world at large through transformational events. On Soundcloud

Love EternalScreen Shot 2015-04-27 at 3.48.09 PM at Island Naturals. Eight years ago, Shawna and Jahred Namaste’ began writing songs together, inspired by the Love of Divine and their three beautiful children. The two met Ray of Sunshine in downtown Santa Cruz and had their first show as Love Eternal in April 2003, with a lineup of musicians who all found themselves, soon after, living together on a piece of land in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Five years, 100+ shows, four albums, and two buses later, the core of Love Eternal still live together in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they just completed their 4th album, entitled: “Healing,” which is already receiving national and international radio play. Website

Take a look at the 2014 Kanikapila page.