In a career spanning more than 40 years, slack key guitarist Ledward Kaapana has become a legend of Hawaiian music. He is one of the few Hawaiian artists to receive Na Hoku Hanohano Awards from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for work as a member of three different acts: as a solo artist, as a member of Ledward Kaapana & I Kona, and as a member of Hui 'Ohana. Two of his albums, Ki Ho’alu: Hawaiian Slack Key (2005 Rhythm & Roots) and Grandmaster Slack Key Guitar (2006 Rhythm & Roots), received Grammy nominations for best Hawaiian album.
Kaapana was born in 1948 and grew up in the tiny black sand village of Kalapana without electricity, TV, or radio. Everyone in his extended family played... Read More