Slack Key Master Ledward Kaapana Coming to Hilo Palace Theatre August 10


Legendary Hawaiian Musician Ledward Kaapana returns to the Palace Theater for a night of truly authentic and heartwarming Hawaiian slack key and falsetto music on Saturday August 10th. Doors will open at 6 pm with a no host bar in the lobby, and the show will begin at 7 pm. Opening the show will be the Kalapana Awa Band famous for their weekly appearances at Uncle’s Robert’s Wednesday night Ho’olaulea in Kaimu. Ticket info below.

Born and raised in Kalapana in a very musical family, Ledward will be joined on stage this year by his sisters Lei Aken, Rhoda Kekona and Trudie Kuilipule as well as his nephew Ikaika Marzo.   Returning to join Led will be Bass player Jesse Gregorio.  Also enhancing the festivities will be the graceful movements of lovely local hula dancer Noe Noe Kekaualua.

Ledward got his start at a very early age playing music with his twin brother Nedward around the Big Isle in Hilo at the old “Islander Inn” and across the island at the “Kona Inn”. The two moved to Los Angeles in 1967 when they were just 19 years old and began a trio with their late cousin Kalei Kaluna in a club called “Baby Lions” on Vermont Avenue. Led and Ned returned to Kalapana, and in 1972, along with another cousin: the late great Dennis Pavao, they started the group the Hui Ohana.  Nedward passed away in 2015, but Ledward, one of the greatest living slack key masters of all time, carries on the Kaapana musical legacy.

Ledward has deep roots in the older styles, using only index finger and thumb picks to combine traditional musical phrases, along with some modern influences, and spontaneous improvisation to create beautiful multipart arrangements that are simultaneously old and new. He has been teaching his nephew Ikaika some of his tricks, and at the show last year, the two of them took turns wowing the crowd with dueling dexterous finger picking as well as some fancy elbow work as well! You will simply have to come see for yourself just what that looks like!

If You Go… Have A Good Show!

Event: Ledward Kaapana in concert
When: Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00pm
Where: Hilo Palace Theatre, 38 Haili St, Hilo.
Cost: $30 General Admission, $40 Side Reserve, $45 Center Reserve
Info: General Admission and Reserved Seating Tickets are on sale now at the Palace Box Office, Monday through Friday 10 am to 3 pm, or by calling (808) 934-7010, or on line at


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