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2018-10-10

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"Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation." - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Henry Kapono: Welcome 2 My Paradise!

He has taken home 14 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's "Grammy") including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

His original songs with a rock vibe celebrate his love for his family, express his pride in his Hawaiian culture, and share his joy in his home in the Islands! He has been at the creative forefront of contemporary

Hawaiian music throughout his career - from the laid- back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono in the 1970s and

80s, to launching his solo career that produced 17 albums and a world-wide fan base, to his groundbreaking collaborations that fused the power of Hawaiian traditions with driving rock rhythms and a soundtrack for the new century.

The simple honesty of his lyrics and music touch the soul, his wildly talented guitar-playing shares his joy in being alive, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice haunts you long after he leaves the stage.

Known as "Kapono", the Hawaiian word for righteous, Henry is pure Hawaiian, born and raised in Kapahulu, a small town just outside Waikiki. He started singing in a children's church choir at age 5. His athletic abilities earned him a baseball scholarship to the renowned Punahou Academy (President Obama's alma mater) and a football scholarship to the University of Hawai`i. Injuries prevented a career as a professional football player, but, profoundly, moved him toward his passion for music and allowed him to fully realize his potential as an artist. Though he had no formal musical training, "My Dad taught me how to play the `ukulele." says Henry. "I saw a friend of mine play a guitar one day and fell in love with the sound of it. He taught me a few chords and I've been hooked ever since."

Touring with a local rock band in the late 60s, he ended up stranded by the promoter in Vietnam. He and the band spent 2 years performing for the troops in Vietnam and Thailand before returning to Hawai`i. The experience left him with a lasting commitment to peace, a deep appreciation for life, and compassion and aloha (love) for all people--themes that continue to resonate in his music.

When he soared to the forefront of Hawaiian music in the 1970s with the duo Cecilio & Kapono, they became the first Hawai`i group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records). Together they recorded 14 albums and gave contemporary and folk rock--and Hawaiian music--a new perspective. Always musically adventurous, Henry launched a solo career in 1981; he has released 17 albums to date.

He continues to break new ground with his collaborations - The Wild Hawaiian in 2006, combining driving rock and slam poetry with Hawaiian chant; and Rough Riders in 2015, celebrating Hawai'i's cowboys (paniolo) -that appeal to audiences around the world. He is also the author of the award winning children's book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in films, and has made many television appearances.

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