Crater Celebration Aims To Add An Oahu Concert Venue

Guitars + Drums + Earth, Wind & Fire Light Up Diamond Head

Pleasant Holidays has teamed with Starwood Resorts and the producers of the Diamond Head Crater Celebration to offer special packages for the concert event of Spring 2007. The May 19th Celebration, which last year brought in the likes of Steve Miller Band, War and Linda Ronstadt, has roped in Earth, Wind & Fire as the 2007 headline act. In addition, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band will take the stage, as will Yvonne Elliman and Gregg Rolie. Local performers, as well as food, crafts and cultural booths will be presented in the crater as well.

The five-night Crater Celebration packages begin at $638 per person, and include accommodations at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Waikiki or Sheraton Moana Surfrider, round-trip airport transfers, reserved priority concert seating and round-trip concert shuttle to and from hotel. Reduced airfares are available through Pleasant Holidays for a separate charge.

Dates of availability for the Crater Celebration package are May 16-21.

A reliable source has informed B on Hawaii that the Diamond Head Crater Celebration is in a test phase, of sorts. The producers who organize the festival pleaded with the City and County of Honolulu to reestablish concerts in the crater, which, for those who don't know, were an annual event up until the 1980s. Bands that include Bachman Turner Overdrive, Little River Band, War, Santana and Eddie Kamae & the Sons of Hawai'i once strummed to bikini-clad concert goers in the 1970s. During one Summer of Love-era festival, a 7,000-gallon pool was built to keep attendees cool. As time wore on, residents in surrounding Diamond Head and Kahala neighborhoods complained about vandalism and other problems, and the concerts were halted.

Today's producers are insuring residents, concert-goers and city officials efficient parking, security, adequate food and restroom offerings during the celebration, in hopes that coming years will allow for bigger acts, or perhaps a multi-day festival with camping inside the crater.

Attend this year's festival, respect the land and nearby neighborhoods, and maybe, just maybe, before this decade is out, we might see the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder or even Santana -- strumming inside Mount Leahi.

Go to or call (800) 865-5699 to speak with a travel representative who can give you more details on the packages offered by Pleasant.