HONOLULU, HAWAI`I: MAY 21, 2018 – A free event honoring the musical legacy and memory of “The Golden Voice of Hawai`i” Alfred Aholo Apaka will be presented from 7:00-8:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in the ground floor Pualeilani Atrium at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki hotel. Located at 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, the event is sponsored by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Hawaiian Music Walk of Fame, the Kalama Ohana Foundation and Legacy Trees. Featuring Alfred Apaka’s son, vocalist Jeff Apaka, the event includes performances by Cathy Foy, Angel Pablo, Haumea Ho, the Alfred Apaka Hula Dancers and MC Shon Kihewa.
Jeff Apaka said:
“After Kuuipo Kumukahi phoned me from the Hyatt to ask if I would stage a Waikiki by Moonlight program to honor my dad, I got right on it. Portraying Hilo Hattie is the fabulous Hawai`i vocalist and Broadway singer Cathy Foy. I loved Aunty Clara (Hilo Hattie) because she and Dad were regulars on Harry Owens TV Show in LA. Her full name was Clarissa “Clara” Haili.
“Don Ho’s widow Haumea Ho will dance hula to a favorite of mine, I’ll Remember You, composed by Kui Lee. Many years ago while standing together at dad’s tomb, Don said, ‘You know, you should honor your dad somewhere every year’ and I’ve done my best to do that.
“I also invited Angel Pablo who was with Don’s Show. I will always remember Angel walking around Don’s audiences looking for singers to go on stage. He asked many people night after night; “Can you sing for me “Oh I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner”? Those who could carry a tune were brought up on stage with Don!
“Three of Dad’s original dancers will be joining us on stage. The Lovelies are Kuulei Jefferies, Sally Fo (sister to Buddy Fo) and Wailani Bell. They’ll do separate hula that dad did. They are very special friends of mine because when I was small, they were all under 16 and had to have a parent as a guardian because liquor was served! They are all still lovely hula maidens!”
See photos and learn more about Alfred Apaka HERE
Learn more about Jeff Apaka HERE
See the slide show with the glorious voice of Alfred Apaka HERE