Blue Note Hawaii ~ Henry Kapono and Ledward Kaapana
Ledward Kaapana & Henry Kapono, legends of Hawaiian music that championed traditional Hawaiian and Island Music at the creative forefront for over 4 decades, as part of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” — the seminal movement in Hawai‛i’s cultural history that brought language, music, hula, art, and all aspects of Hawaiian culture back to their central place in the life of the Islands.
Ledward “Led” Kaapana, Like so many Hawaiians grew up in a musical family. Chief among his teachers were his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa. As a teenager, Led started with the trio, Hui Ohana, now legendary among Hawaiian musicians, and later formed the trio Ikona, leading to multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Led’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has worked with Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, and many other Nashville notables. Back at home, he has shared his talents on recordings with most of Hawaii’s top talents, including Aunty Genoa Keawe, Barney Isaacs, The Ho`opi`i Brothers, Melveen Leed, the Pahinui Brothers, Amy Hanaiali`i, and countless others. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With his easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right, two wins on slack-key compilations, and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
Henry Kapono rose to immense popularity with the phenomenon of Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K) as half of the duo with Cecilio Rodriguez. They helped forge the sound of ‘70s Hawaiian music, with laid-back contemporary rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai‛i. Today he is one of Hawai‘i’s most popular recording artists and presides over Kapono Inc, one of Hawai`i’s top multi-function entertainment companies. Kapono is equally known for his community support and philanthropic endeavors recently launching the “The Henry Kapono Foundation” in 2018 whose mission is to “Support the music and arts community and by giving with Aloha.” Native Hawaiian Kapono is a Grammy-nominated, multiple award-winning singer and songwriter and the winner of 20 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai‛i’s “Grammy’s”). He was honored with two awards in 2021: peer-voted Best Contemporary Album of the Year and, by public vote, Favorite Entertainer of the Year.
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