Mahalo to everyone who joined us for the 2014 Puna Music Festival. See you next year!
We are thrilled to present an action-packed schedule of music and celebration throughout the beautiful district of Puna.
So many artists have graciously offered the gift of their talent, all in the name of lifting the spirit of Puna to new heights.
Our 2014 schedule includes even more concerts, workshops, and special events than ever before.
Concerts and Events
Sunday May 4th, 11:00am - 5:00pm - Pohoiki Open Concert featuring Paula Fuga & John Cruz
We are delighted to announce this year’s lineup for our free outdoor concert at Pohoiki, and are deeply honored to feature Paula Fuga as our headline performer, as well as John Cruz.
11:00 – Ehulani Stephany
11:20 – Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu
11:30 – Malamalama Waldorf School
11:40 – Kua O Ka La
12:00 – Uncle Robertʻs Awa Band
1:00 – Hawane Rios
2:00 – Jaz Kaiwiko’o
3:00 – John Cruz
4:00 – Paula Fuga + Mike Love
See the Pohoiki Open Concert page for more information.
Tuesday May 6th, 8:00pm - 9:30pm - Hula Kiʻi - Puppet Hula Performance with Leilehua Yuen
Join Leilehua Yuen for a fun evening exploring Hula Kiʻi.
This lesser-known form of hula is a traditional Hawaiian form of puppetry which enjoyed prominence during the reign of King David Kalākaua. Traditionally, the puppets were made from wood, such as kukui, but today are often made from paper mâché.
The style of hula kiʻi preserved in the Beamer family uses small hand puppets which are manipulated by a dancer. Dramatic interpretations of traditional stories, buffoonery, and audience interaction were features of the performances. The kiʻi also may have performed a role similar to that of the court jester of Europe, dramatizing and satirizing the court with more license than that allowed to a human.
Author, artist, story-teller and educator, Leilehua Yuen has dedicated her life to the study and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. A well-known Hawaiʻi Island cultural practitioner, she has delivered seven years of weekly performances of Hawaiiana Live! at the Palace Theater in Hilo, as well as numerous classes and workshops throughout the island, including Mauna Kea and the Volcano Arts Center.
Wednesday May 7th, 5:00pm - 10:00pm - Kalapana Night Market Celebration with Kuana Torres Kahele & Uncle Robert’s Awa Band
Come help us celebrate the wonderful atmosphere of Puna’s well-loved Kalapana Night Market with Kuana Torres Kahele and Uncle Robert’s Awa Band!
Wednesday evenings are famous for great music, passionately stewarded by the Keliʻihoʻomalu ʻOhana.
It is an absolute privilege to feature Kuana Torres Kahele. Best known for his lead vocals with the multi-award winning band Nā Palapalai, Kuana gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, as well as for original songs.
Kuana is a multiple Hanohano award winner, and recognized as one of the greatest voices in today’s Hawaiian music.
This lively weekly gathering is one of the hottest activities in Puna, and on this extra special festival night, special guest musicians will perform in this comfortable open-air environment brimming with local flavor and crafts.
* Shuttles will be running from Kalani Hale Aloha to Kalapana (Uncle Robert’s) from 5:00-10:00. See posted schedules at Kalani for times.
Wednesday May 7th - Sunday May 11th - Sacred Music at Polestar
Polestar’s 2014 Sacred Music Festival is open to all lovers of kirtan, music, bhakti, meditation and spiritual community in Hawaii.
Children and families are especially invited and included!
Five days of guest artists, concerts, kirtans, and spiritual gatherings fill out the schedule, in addition to workshops on harmonium, chanting, and other practices aligned with sacred music.
Jean, Bernice & Manuel
Kirtan with Roninette & Amy
This event is an official Puna Music Festival Partner Event, and is presented by Spirituality & Health Magazine.
Thursday May 8th, 8:00pm-10:00pm - Open Mic hosted by John Maestu
Open Mic is a great place to share live music, readings, and performances. Hear new and old musical favorites, listen to stories and poetic verse, and be entertained by the extraordinary local talent in our community.
We ask performers to sign up at the entrance and perform one song/piece only at less than 5 minutes. We will also be requesting live performances only.
Host: John Maestu
Friday May 9th, 8:00pm - 10:00pm - An Intimate Evening with Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole
We are honored to feature Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole for this intimate performance at the Kalani EMAX. This talk-story style concert will be hosted by Jaz and Kaʻea of KAPA FM, and gives Kaumakaiwa a platform to tell of the paths that have led to his beautiful music and success.
The Kanakaole ʻohana have longstanding roots with the land in this ahupuaʻa along with the heiau and halau at Kalani, and so this is set to be a magical evening honoring ancient connections – told from one of the voices of our new generation.
Proceeds go to Hawaiian Culture programs at schools, halaus, and nonprofits in Puna.
Saturday May 10th, 5:00pm - 10:00pm - Kanikapila in Pahoa with the Awa Band, Sean Robbins & Bruddah Kuz
Our closing event, the Kanikapila (jam session) in Pāhoa, fills the streets of Pahoa Village as it comes alive with music everywhere – from balconies, porches, windows, inside restaurants, and at the Historical Akebono Theater.
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
* 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.
See the Kanikapila page for more information.
Sunday May 11th, 2:30pm-4:00pm - Polestar Gardens Festival Showcase Concert
Join us for a mother’s day afternoon Showcase Concert at the Palace Theatre in Hilo. Share in joyful music inspired by many traditions with Kamehameha High School Choir, To’a Hare Tahitian Revue, Polestar Ensemble, and more.
Workshops and Classes
Monday, May 5th, 10:00am - 12:00pm - Songwriting with Paula Fuga
Registration for this class is now closed.
Join headliner Paula Fuga for this special opportunity to explore songwriting (haku mele)! Paula will share some of her tips, talk-story and provide exercises to help you develop your songwriting skills.
Paula Fuga is an artist who is inspiring audiences of all ages with her innovative sound and empowering lyrics. Exquisite vocals, powerful lyrics and gorgeous melodies have earned Paula widespread critical praise and a dedicated fan base. Though many play music for the platitudes or acclaim, Paula plays music for a culture, spreading the thoughtful and evocative voice of the Hawaiian people across the world.
Monday May 5th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm - Hula Kahiko with Richard Koob
Join this beginner-level class for an introduction to Hula Kahiko, the ancient form of Hula as performed before Western contact. Focus will be on the meaning of each movement, so not only will you learn a dance steeped in the culture of Hawaiʻi, but you will also learn the deeper connections that Hula makes with the stories and history of the land.
Facilitator: Richard Koob
Tuesday May 6th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm - Make and Play the Nose Flute with Manu Josiah
Learn how to make and play your own ‘ohe hano ihu, the nose flute, a hauntingly beautiful instrument embedded in Hawaiian culture.
Native Hawaiian flute maker Manu Josiah has been committed to finding alternatives to the indiscriminate use of poisons to control invasive plants, particularly the invasive bamboo found near his home in Hilo.
Over the last five years he has been making ʻOhe Hano Ihu (Bamboo Nose Flutes) using this bamboo. While acknowledging and respecting the traditional method of constructing Ohe Hano Ihu flutes he has added a contemporary artistic touch and unique tone quality to his flutes.
Manu performs with his wife, Leilehua Yuen, using the flutes as part of their internationally acclaimed Moʻolelo (stories) of ancient Hawaiʻi. Manu’s flutes have been purchased by musicians around the world.
Manu will talk story and share the history of the ‘ohe hano ihu, while helping participants create their own, which you will be able to take with you after the workshop.
One lucky participant will also receive one of Manu’s own flutes, a $150 value.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm - Slack Key for Guitar Players (Registration Closed)
Registration for this class is now closed.
Slack-key guitar is a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that originated in Hawaii. Its name refers to its characteristic open tunings: the English term is a translation of the Hawaiian kī hōʻalu, which means “loosen the [tuning] key”.
Facilitator: Ikaika Marzo
Brilliantly skilled and passionate about Slack Key, Ikaika is from the musically rich home of Kalapana and frequently plays at Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar, along with many Hawaiian celebrities.
Friday May 9th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Exploring Oli/Chant with Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole
Oli is the indigenous Hawaiian performance system of chanting. Kaumakaiwa is passionate about oli, and includes oli in recordings. A wonderful and humor-filled teacher, Kaumakaiwa will lift your spirits as you deepend your knowledge of this beautiful aspect of Hawaiian culture.
Facilitator: Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole