Henry Kapono celebrates the laid-back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono (C&K), the group that rocketed him to fame in the 1970s, alongside songs from his newest CD release Welcome 2 My Paradise. Lead singer and guitarist Kapono will be joined by his famed “Duke’s on Sunday” band.
Kapono, a multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee himself, was inducted into the Grammy Museum in 2017 (for his work with C&K) and has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music throughout his career. Called “one of the great island songwriters of his generation,” Kapono is a Hawaiian music legend. C&K became the first group from Hawaii to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records). They recorded fourteen albums and gave contemporary, folk rock, and Hawaiian music a new perspective.
Welcome 2 My Paradise shares Kapono’s enduring aloha for his Hawai’i home while the much-loved songs of C&K take the audience back in the day, with soul-stirring romantic ballads to songs of the land to island party tunes that will “put a smile on your face and good feelings in your heart.”
Cecilio and Kapono were Hawaii’s answer to Simon and Garfunkel, though it’s important to note that they too sang in English. Many of the duo’s best-loved songs—originals like “Friends” and “Sailing,” as well as covers like “All in Love Is Fair,” by Stevie Wonder—qualify as Hawaiian music only on a technicality. But for several generations of listeners, those songs embody the sound of Hawaii, at least in part.
—New York Times
Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation.