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Ledward Kaapana

A master of the slack key guitar, Ledward Kaapana has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians for nearly three decades. A founding member of Hui 'Ohana, a group he formed in the early-1970s, with his twin brother, Nedward, and a cousin, Dennis Pavao, Kaapana was instrumental to bringing the slack key traditional to stages around the globe. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. The Honolulu Advertiser called Kaapana, "friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked." Born on the southeastern shore of the Big Island, in the shadow of the Kilauea volcano, Kaapana grew up without tlectricity, television and telephones. As a youngster, he was inspired by the playing an uncle, Fred, who had taught himself to play slack key guitar. Kaapana continues to tune his guitar in the unique tunings that, according to legend, were revealed to his uncle in a series of dreams. Kaapana was equally influenced by such slack key guitarists as Gabby Pahinui and Raymond Kane. Kaapana's first success as a soloist came when his 1983 album, Lima Wela, received the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award as "Best Instrumental Album". Performing in the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife, in 1988, he toured with the National Council of Traditional Arts program, "Masters Of The Steel String Guitar", from 1990 to 1992. Kaapana has collaborated with a wide range of musicians. A concert with steel string guitarist Bob Brozman was released on a video, Kila Kila Meets Ki Ho'alu, in 1997. The following year, he recorded an album, Waltz Of The Wind, with guest musicians including Brozman, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Sonny Landreth, Ricky Skaggs and George Winston. Black Sand followed in mid-2000; In the Saddle was issued in early 2001. ~ Craig Harris
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Awesome!
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Like
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clairej.mort e
opihi moemoe no ka oi!!!
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Mahalo to the Universe for this music....... . . . . . . . . . . .
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Aloha to my family in Puna
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This make home sick I'm 6000m from MO
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you get um eorchids- da kine chicken skin moment
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takes you to Hawaii
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I am amazed at the virtuosity of this guy. I will be blessed to see him with George Kahumoku in a couple of weeks. Radio Hula is one of my favorite slack key songs as well. Aloha.
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Ledward's the man. I was lucky enough to catch him in Grass valley this summer ('13) with Mike Ka'awa (apologies if I murdered his name). He'll back on the mainland early next year ('14), I plan to catch him in Feb, WOOHOO!
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Great review. No one compares to Led'. So blessed to have his gentle beauty surrounding our islands and serenading the world!
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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Hawaii is so amazing. The sound of the ocean from ANYWHERE on the island is so beautiful. :)
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sartis1756
ideal comfort music
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yurokmaiden
Mer-meri (beautiful)
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sreplin8
GREAT GUITAR PLAYING!!!!
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its all good for me
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chicken skin!!!
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Oh yeah!
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OMG is all I can Say....
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ggheld
"Radio Hula" is my all time favorite slack key guitar song.
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I love the island rhythms!
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very nice!
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cool music!!
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akamukihoalu
actually, Led is known to be "one of the best" lead and improvisatio n a l guitarist in the world.
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This guy is good.

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