Diamond Head Crater Celebration

Diamond Head Crater Celebration

April or May
In 2006, for the first time in 30 years, music was played inside the Diamond Head Crater on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Diamond Head Crater Celebration, created to present Hawaiian culture and music alongside national acts, was organized by Ron Gibson and Mark Mellick of GM Entertainment. The Diamond Head Crater is an extinct volcano outside of the city of Honolulu. It is both a Hawaii state monument and a United States National Natural Landmark.
Crater concerts held during the 1960s and 1970s drew about 40,000 people, but the congestion, parked cars, and trash eventually led to the shows being discontinued. A number of changes were made when the shows were reinstated in 2006. Seating is limited to 7,500 people. Concert-goers are bussed into the site to minimize their impact on the crater environment. Blankets and low-backed beach chairs are permitted in the open-grass seating area.
The six-hour concert has included a number of nationally known musical acts, including the Steve Miller Band, Linda Ronstadt, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. The Honolulu Symphony also performs. The Polynesian Cultural Center presents a program of Pacific island music and dance. A Crater Cabaret presents local musical favorites and dancing. Hawaiian restaurants and breweries provide the food and beverages.
CONTACTS:
Diamond Head Crater
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-735-7000
www.cratercelebration.com
GM Entertainment
1103 9th Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816