Event marking 1-year anniversary of eruption slated this Saturday in Pahoa

Laulima Pahoa is hosting a one-year lava eruption anniversary event from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, during Pahoa’s Second Saturday Art and Music Walk.

More than a dozen restaurants on the Pahoa boardwalk will host free live music.


Who doesn’t remember the Music Monday group that played steadily every week for six years at Ahalanui Hot Pond prior to the lava flow?

Well, Music Monday is now SongFarmers of Hawaii, a chapter of the national group that now plays Mondays at the Seaview Pavilion. Music Monday was founded and is still hosted by Thom Gagne, who is the musical director of nonprofit Laulima Pahoa.

The SongFarmers of Hawaii will perform where the Pahoa Senior Center hoop used to be.

Other guests during Saturday’s event include Michael Riley, who will perform “Pahoa Strong,” his song written during the lava flow (accompanied by anyone who wants to be in the musical guest chorus), several times throughout the event.

Laulima Pahoa volunteers will accept food and drink donations from 3-6 p.m. for the community potluck table.


Laulima Pahoa also is winding down the Na Leo Television documentary, “From Pahoa With Lava.”

If there are any Pahoa residents who were affected by the 2018 lava flow and want a spot in the documentary to tell their story, email laulimapahoa@gmail.com or message Laulima Pahoa on Facebook as soon as possible to reserve a time slot.

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