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From Duke’s on Sunday; to Duke’s 121st Birthday; to Duke’s on Sunday…. =)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Aloha amigos—my last writing was of a man known for his “Aloha Spirit” Henry Kapono who has been performing music in the islands since the early 70’s.  This post brings us full circle with the Oceanfest Celebrations we had this past week, celebrating our first Ambassador of Aloha, Olympic medalist, Duke Kahanamoku.  He would have celebrated his 121st birthday last Wednesday, the 24th of August.

Duke's Ohana (Family)

Our mayor, Peter Carlisle went out surfing in Duke’s honor on Wednesday along with the Australian mayor, Michael Regan, of Warringah, which is across the harbor from Sydney.  Duke Kahanamoku first introduced surfing to Australia in this little town at Freshwater Beach, back in 1915.   As serendipity would have it I arrived on the beach just as they finished their “Goodwill Surf Session”….

Afterwards there was a lei draping ceremony at Duke’s statue on the beach in Waikiki which I put into a little video here for you to enjoy.  But the fun didn’t end there, since the weekend had everything from house blessings for friends in their new home, to a birthday celebration, to a fantastic brunch off Diamond Head on Sunday and where did we all wind up at?  Duke’s Restaurant of course!  With Mr. Henry Kapono bringing his aloha to the end of another wonderful Hawaiian weekend.  Here’s a link to the video with Henry playing some new music, a song entitled quite appropriately “Across the Sea”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdlg2WCV-c

I know there are friends in some 26 countries around the world now checking in on Polly’s Pals postings.  I want to know if you’ve heard any of Henry Kapono’s music beyond what I’ve shared so far.  If so what is your favorite song?

In the meantime…ahoy & aloha!

Lucky live Hawaii

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Henry Kapono & Reef

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…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIx-tcj7z94

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