Henry Kapono

Henry Kapono


Grammy Nominee & former Columbia Records recording artist Henry Kapono has taken a World direction with The Wild Hawaiian. It redefines Hawaiian Music w/ Hawaiian lyrics arranged to alternative pop/rock infused with slam poetry & hip hop. Released on top 10 of WMC & featured in NY Times.


Henry Kapono Ka’aihue is an award winning and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. He has taken home numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy’s) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year. He is also the author of the award winning children’s book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in the films Damien and Waterworld and has made many television appearances.

Know as “Kapono”, the Hawaiian word for righteous, Henry was christened “Henry Kapono Hosea Ka’aihue” and is a pure Hawaiian born and raised in Kapahulu, a small town located just outside of Waikiki, Hawaii.

Although Henry has had no formal musical training, he started singing in a children’s church choir at the young age of 5. “I was, and still am a very shy person, but I loved singing especially in a choral situation”, says Henry. “My Dad taught me how to play the ukulele. He would come home from work and sit in his easy chair and play the coolest stuff.” …“I saw a friend of mine play a guitar one day and fell in love with the sound of it. He taught me a few chords and I’ve been hooked ever since. After that I taught myself how to play by listening to records, radio and watching other guitarist play”.

Henry’s athletic abilities earned him a baseball scholarship to the highly regarded Punahou Academy in Honolulu. After high school he earned a football scholarship to the University of Hawaii with dreams of being a professional football player. Although injuries prevented him from fulfilling his dream as a football player, in a profound way it moved him toward his passion for music and allowed him to fully realize his potential as an artist.

Henry’s professional career started as a solo artist in little joints around Waikiki. This led to a short stint playing rock in a local island group called “Pakalolo”. The group played the islands and the Far East where a defunct tour company left them stranded in Viet Nam. Putting their situation and talents to good use, the group performed for the troops at fire bases throughout Vietnam and eventually made their way to Thailand. The 2 years that Henry spent overseas turned out to be a personal and professional odyssey that profoundly affected his music, his appreciation of life and his love of all people.

Returning to Hawaii, Henry’s career kicked off in a big way. Forming a collaboration with Cecilio Rodriguez, from California, the duo, known as “Cecilio and Kapono” became an instant phenomenon that took Hawaii by storm. Blending together their distinctive and individual talents, they gave contemporary and folk rock a new perspective. Within eight months Cecilio & Kapono had a recording contract with Columbia Records, a first for a Hawaii group, crowning them the largest recording artists to come out of Hawaii. “C&K” have recorded 12 albums to date and reunite annually.

Continually evolving, in 1981 Henry pursued a solo career with the extremely successful release of “Kapono - Stand in the Light”. Since then he has created an incredibly broad range of musical expressions through 14 solo albums to date.

Kapono has become a household name throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. His music has taken him all over the world and his fan base is very diverse. His musical journey has been a very bohemic collage of innovation and creativity continually evolving in a way that very few artists are able to sustain. His influences, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Sting and Stevie Wonder, to name a few, are reflected in his musical tapestry that is exclusively Kapono. His music transcends his Hawaiian heritage which he prides so much and embodies the spirit of Aloha that he has for all people.

Henry has the gift that most great artists share: the ability to enable us to gaze upon their painting or ponder their work or listen to their music - and find new meaning and purpose in our own lives. Henry touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice that haunts you long after he leaves the stage.

Creative Achievements:
Acting: Feature Films
Behold Hawaii - an Imax Film

Acting: Television:
Byrds of Paradise
Magnum P.I.
Live with Regis & Kathy Lee
Home and Family Show
Dancing With The Long Bone
The Last paving Stone – A Children’s Play

Video Works:
Home In The Islands - an original screen play
The Kenwood Cup '92
Cecilio & Kapono, "Goodtimes Again"
Song of Life: The Hawaii Nature Conservancy
Cecilio & Kapono, "Unplugged"
Forever Hawaii
Forever Maui
Maui The Magic Isle
Volcanoes of Hawaii
Kapono Home In The Islands

2000: "A Beautiful Hawaiian Day" children's book
Winner of 2001 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Best Book

Na Hoku Hanohano Awards:
(Hawaii’s equivalent to The Grammy Awards)

Group of the Year (2)
Album of the Year (5)


Henry Kapono Lyrics

Written By: Henry Kapono & Various

Please visit Henrykapono.com


All of Henry Kapono's discography has been commercially release and is curently available throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. Much of his music is on itunes with more coming.
Henry Kapono Discography:
Stand In The Light
Dreamer Boy (A Children’s Story)
Henry Kapono & Tropical Heat
Piece A Cake
Merry Christmas To You
Song For Someone
Same World
Kapono “Hits”
Spirit Dancer
Home In The Islands
Evolution of Poi
Dukes on Sunday
The Wild Hawaiian

Cecilio & Kapono Discography:
Cecilio & Kapono
Night Music
Life’s Different Now
The First Noel
Live At The Waikiki Shell
Goodtime Together
Journey Through The Years
The Journey Continues
Lifetime Party ~ 30 Years of Friends
Lifetime Party ~ 30 Years of Friends Vol 2
Lifetime Party ~ 30 Years of Friends DVD
Cecilio & Kapono Hawaiian Nights

Set List

The typical Wild Hawaiian set is 1 to 1.5 hours. 9 to 13 songs - 3 to 4 minutes each with slam poetry (communicating the meaning of the song lyrics) in between most songs.