If you lived in Wilmington, Delaware during the 90s, chances are you’ve heard of Kahunaville. Furthermore, you’ve probably been there to play the arcades, have a drink, dance, or party at the barge summer concerts. Kahunaville was a very popular venue in Wilmington for nightlife, drinks, and live music for over 13 years. Today, it’s just a memory to many Delawareans. The owners announced in November 2006 that the venue would permanently close their doors.
Currently, the wonderful addition to the Riverfront, the Delaware Children’s Museum resides in the old space of Kahunaville. What many people do remember about Kahunaville the most, was the iconic giant “Kahunaville” volcano that sat outside the venue. You couldn’t miss it, and as a matter of fact it became a landmark to Wilmington residents.
As Kahunaville played such a large part to the waterfront location, and the nightlife of Wilmington, Delaware, many question if Kahunaville would still be a successful venue today. The Riverfront has become more and more popular over the years, with new restaurants always busy, along with a large movie theater, museums, riverfront walks, mini golf, ice cream, and so much more. When it comes to live music in the area, Constitution Yards or Docklands are probably your best bet. But does it compare to the summer concerts that were once held at the big Kahuna? Most popular for their live music performances on a floating barge in the river, there’s nothing quite like the concerts, or stages of the old Kahuna…
So that is the question, should the Riverfront bring back larger concerts, or for that matter, floating barge concerts again?
Many locals have voiced their opinions on Twitter and Reddit, posting, “Bring it back!” or “We need more live music at the Riverfront.” What do you think?