Did you know back in the ’70s, Diamond Head on Oahu was the outdoor venue for a big music festival that was Hawaii’s equivalent to Woodstock? (Or depending on your age, to Coachella.)Remembered broadly as the Diamond Head Crater Festivals, sometimes called the Sunshine Festival, these concerts brought out heavyweights of the era like Carlos Santana, America, Styx, Journey, War and Tower of Power, alongside Hawaii talent like Cecilio & Kapono and the Mackey Feary Band.Throughout the years they became synonymous as local New Year’s Eve/Day and Fourth of July events, attracting more than 75,000 people, dancing and chilling out under the hot Hawaiian sun to some of the most influential music of the period.In 1976 and 1977, the concerts grew into a two-day event. Eventually that popularity led to its cancellation by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources over community noise and environmental impact concerns.
“I was so into the Crater Festivals…my friends and I caught the 6 ‘o clock bus and by the time we got there it was around 8 a.m. I was always the one up front by the stage clapping my hands in the air and rocking out. I remember all the drinking, face painting, and the smell of doobies in the air, too. Did a lot of walking around and checking out who we would see from school and other places. Caught the bus home around 10 ‘o clock and met my dad who picked us up at the Umi Street terminal, remember that? Not there now. When we left, it was usually the last group playing. Those were the days, loved it, would re-live it!” Click below to relive a short magical time in the 70's at the Crater Festival on Oahu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfUknHRkfOs
The first Diamond Head Crater Festival (also known as the Sunshine Festival) was held on Jan. 1, 1970, with an attendance of about 12,000. The crowds grew to 75,000 as the event continued through much of the decade. The lineup at the 1976 included America, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Seals & Croft, Jesse Colins Young (of the Youngbloods), Country Joe & The Fish, Cheech & Chong, Sly Stone, Tower of Power, Herbie Hancock and more.. Now you can buy the t-shirt all over again to remember how wasted you were during that hazy period in your life. Check T-Shirt prices below, and pass the doobie...
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