LIHUE — Ledward Kaapana will appear in an E Kanikapila Kakou ticketed concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Kauai Beach Resort in the Jasmine Ballroom. A renowned slack key guitarist, Kaapana will lead, with Jesse Gregorio on bass.
Preferred seating is sold out. General admission tickets for $30 are available at Kauai Music &Sound; Kamoa ‘Ukulele Company; Scotty’s Music House; Island Soap &Candle Works in Koloa; Da Wine Shop; Kalaheo Café &Coffee Co.; Banana Patch Gallery; and Hawaiian Music Hut in Princeville.
Now in his fourth decade as a professional musician, Uncle Led’s mastery of stringed instruments and his extraordinary baritone and falsetto voice, have made him a musical legend. Kaapana is a recipient of the 2011 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the highest honor in the folk and traditional arts in the United States.
As teenagers, Kaapana and his twin brother Ned and cousin Dennis Pavao formed the Hui ‘Ohana, which helped spark a renaissance in Hawaiian culture and music. The group produced 14 best-selling albums. Kaapana’s solo albums include two Na Hoku Hanohano Instrumental Album of the Year winners.
His latest CD, “Jus’ Bes’,” was released in late 2017. It’s a re-mastered retrospective of some of his all-time greatest hits.
EEK is a grassroots Hawaiian music program of the nonprofit Garden Island Arts Council.