Pohoiki Open Concert
2015 Festival Guide!
Everything you need to know,
all in one place.
Mahalo to everyone who joined us by the ocean for the free concert at Pohoiki, it was a beautiful day.
The Pohoiki Open Concert on Sunday May 3rd from 11:00am – 5:00pm is our opening event of the 2015 Puna Music Festival. This free outdoor concert is at a beautiful location adjacent to the surf beach known to be the heart of Puna. We are thrilled to announce this year’s lineup featuring Makana, Lito Arkangel, Bruddah Kuz & Sean Robbins, among many others.
Location: Pohoiki (Isaac Hale Park), 13-101 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Time: Sunday, May 3rd | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Free. Donations gratefully accepted at the venue. Proceeds to Hawaiian culture programming at schools and non-profits throughout Puna.
* Shuttles will be running from Kalani Hale Aloha to and from Pohoiki 09:30AM-6:30PM. See posted schedules at Kalani for times.
The 2015 Pohoiki details are being finalized. The following artists have been confirmed.
11:00am – Leilehua Yuen – On Soundcloud
11:20am – Malamalama Waldorf School
11:30am – Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu School
11:40am – Kua O Ka La School
12:00pm – Sean Robbins – On Soundcoud
1:00pm - Bruddah Kuz
2:00pm - Tiana Malone Jennings with Off The Grid – On Bandcamp
3:00pm - Lito Arkangel
4:00pm - Makana – On Soundcloud
We have a lovely selection of vendors for your eating and browsing pleasure this year.
11th Loop – Graphic Textile Tees
Big Island Falafels – Falafels
Big Island Flatbread – Flatbread
Big Island Ice Shave – Shaved Ice
Big Island Table Experience – Farm-to-table produce
Boi’s Thai Food – Thai Food
Island Flavor Espresso – Espresso/Smoothies
Kalani Wellness Booth – Bodywork
Kehaulani Kreationz – Jewelry & Accessories
Lucretia Hatfield’s Handmade Jewelry – Jewelry
Nicoco Hawaiian Gelato – Ice Cream
Ola Live – Smoothies
Puna Bears – Teddy Bears
Punakai Design – Clothing
Soda 2 Art – Recycled Jewelry
* The deadline for new vendor applications and permits has passed, we are no longer accepting new vendors.
Mahalo to our Pohoiki sponsors for 2015!
Hawai’i Tourism Authority
Hawaii Tribune Herald
Pohoiki is Really Green!
We are excited about efforts to make the Pohoiki Open Concert a zero waste green event. The entire concert is run on solar power – no need for the sound and smell of a generator, and in fact the sound techs and musicians love it as the power is uniform and clean!
Mahalo to Solar Rayes for sponsoring clean solar power at the Pohoiki, to help keep our beautiful air and environment clean.
Take a look at the 2014 Pohoiki page.
Our Pohoiki Headliners
Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song, “We Are the Many” went viral on YouTube, garnering more than half a million views, and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House. MakanaMusic.com
Born and raised in the small plantation town of Kea’au (Ola’a) as well as Keaukaha on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Lito has been involved in the creation of music most of his life. Since 1999, Lito has entertained audiences in Hawai’i as a professional artist. From turning pages for his grandmother while she played piano for the local church, to decades of backyard jam-sessions, Lito has become an established full-time entertainer/musician, making waves here in Hawai’i, as well as in the Mainland U.S. and Japan.