Blue Note Hawaii ~ Henry Kapono & Jerry Santos
Jerry Santos & Henry Kapono, two legends of Hawaiian music. Icons of the 1970s, both at the creative forefront of the “Hawaiian Renaissance,” when Hawaiian music reinvented itself and have continued to lead the way as they head into their 5th decade of making music.
Jerry Santos began his legacy in 1973 with the Hawaiian musical group Olomana and has maintained an influential presence on the Hawai`i music scene. Born and raised on the windward side of O‘ahu and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Santos established himself early on as one of Hawai‘i’s most prolific songwriters. As a founding member and lead singer of the legendary group, Olomana, Santos helped create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms. Jerry has performed worldwide, and the Hawai‘i musical community has recognized his work with numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including the prestigious Moe Keale “Aloha Is” award for his charitable work in the community. He is the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts and was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. Whether performing as a soloist or with his group Olomana, Jerry Santos remains firmly rooted as one of Hawaii’s most beloved and iconic recording artists who generates music from the heart with Aloha!
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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