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Ledward Kaapana
7/5/2017

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Ledward Kaapana’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Kaapana four Grammy® nominations and two wins on slack key compilations.

Presented in collaboration with the 2017 D.C. Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress Homegrown Series.

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