Aloha amigos! Another week ahead and another one just gone by…
I ended last week yesterday at a local institution known as Duke’s Restaurant in Waikiki. It’s become an institution in many ways due to a local performer that has played there every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.; his name is Henry Kapono. I’m not sure how many years he’s been playing at Duke’s but I would guess going on 10 years. I first heard Henry back in the day when there were still “Crater Festivals” at Diamond Head Crater. My brother who had gotten stationed in Hawaii back in 1971 “turned me on” to C & K, or as they were known then “Cecilo & Kapono”. They in my opinion modernized Hawaiian music in a way no one had until then.
They still play together on different occasions for different events such as the one recently to aid the victims of Japan’s tsunami disaster relief, held at the Hilton in Waikiki. It was a pretty star studded line up from the likes of Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, the list goes on and on–with Henry bringing his special mana to share in the aloha spirit for the people of Japan. Henry has done many solo albums since his days with C&K, Michael McDonald has done several cuts with him on some of his work. Henry’s newest album was just released about a month ago, it’s entitled simply, “Henry” it’s great!
I want to dedicate this post to a man who in my humble opinion is the true meaning of aloha. He is a Hawaiian gem of an individual. Here’s a picture of him with a little regular star these days, “Reef” who sings, “Don’t Worry About a Thing”, by Bob Marley, when his mom brings him down to Duke’s. Henry has no problem with Reef stealing the spotlight for his one song, of course. Because when you are at Duke’s on Sunday….well here is Henry singing it.
The song says it all…..