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Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana at Blue Note Hawaii

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana

We Are Friends ~ A Lifetime Party of 70s Music

Join Grammy nominated & multiple award winning Henry Kapono as he presents an “Artist to Artist” concert series at the legendary Blue Note Hawaii featuring: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana. Henry Kapono talks one on one “deconstructing” these artists careers as only an artist to artist can do followed by an intimate jam sessions and concert you don’t want to miss!

In 1973, childhood friends Carl James Malani Bilyeu & David John (DJ) Pratt auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono.  Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck's in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ's grandfather's garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word "Kalapana" is "sprouting money". Kirk said the meaning was "beat of the music" and DJ thought it meant "Black Sand". Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck's in Hawaii Kai.

Today, with 18 albums under their belt, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and decades strong popularity in Hawaii, the west coast, Japan and the pacific, Kapalana still performs and tours extensively.

Ultra VIP ticket - Purchasing this ticket offers the following amenities:

  • RESERVED VIP seating in the premium seating section  
  • Pre-show backstage meet & greet with artists

**SEASON PASS** - We are offering special season pass options for Henry Kapono's entire "We Are Friends ~ A Lifetime Party of 70s Music" concert series, happening once a month from June-September of 2017. Click the following link to learn about the details and purchase your season pass: https://goo.gl/oFzFRz