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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2006

Let's ease our way back to crater fests

Listen up, baby boomers: Someone has hit the cosmic rewind button and, right before your eyes, scenes from your youth are about to unreel. Unreal!

No, really. Those scenes would be the memories of Crater Festival concerts in Diamond Head. The last concert held in the state-controlled extinct volcano was in 1978, but the vintage venue may be resurrected with the planned April 1 show by the Steve Miller Band and War.

(Talk about the '70s!)

This will be an updated version of the original phenomenon, with high ticket prices and tight restrictions, both elements foreign to the free-spirited events attended for a nominal price in the 1970s.

No problem. These aren't the '70s anymore, and communities are far more sensitive about intrusions such as rock concerts.

If this trial balloon isn't shot down, there could be other memorable events in the crater. Surely some restrictions could be eased, and most events could be priced more affordably. The site should not be used routinely for exclusive, high-end concerts.

But for now, it's probably best to have controls in place. Let's not wear out our welcome in the community before the Crater Renaissance really gets started.