It was a warm Wednesday evening and I was on floor duty at our Wailea Realty Corp office in the Shops of Wailea, when I heard a familiar voice singing The Waimanalo Blues. It was coming from the large central courtyard of the shops, which features live music on certain evenings. I was amazed to see that on this special night it was Henry Kapono. Henry is one of the great slack key guitar artists in Hawaii. He has had a long career as both a songwriter and a performer and has won many Na Hoku Hano Hano awards, which are the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammys.
Henry is affectionately known as the Wild Hawaiian and released an album of that name in 2006. On this particular evening the courtyard was really alive and full of excitement. The large enthusiastic audience was sitting in chairs, draped on the wall of the fountain, and watching from the balcony. One could see that many in the audience had seen him multiple times and knew most of the songs. Henry was in great form, singing many of the old favorites and an excellent time was had by all.
Are you familiar with the song “The Waimanalo Blues”? If not, I have a treat for you! (Actually this is also a treat for those who are familiar with the song and loves it). I found an old video on Youtube of Henry Kapono singing The Waimanalo Blues with Israel (Iz) Kamakawio’ole, Cyril Pahinui and Roland Cazimero. It’s a backyard jammin’ classic! The embed feature was disabled on this video so when you click the photo below it will take you to the YouTube Channel of Kurt J Meyer, the owner of the video, and there you can watch it.