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Jeffrey Apaka Will Close 5-year Run; Annual Alfred Apaka Tribute Also Ending

The three generations; Alfred Apaka Jr. (left photo), Jeffrey Apaka and Alfred Apaka Sr. (right photo)

HONOLULU: NOVEMBER 3, 2015 — After a five-year run at the Tapa Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, headliner Jeffrey Apaka will take the stage for his final show at the venue on Sunday November 15th, 2015, from 5 – 7 pm.

Apaka said, “Performing in front of such an appreciative international audience every week has been a rare and personally rewarding experience. I leave knowing I was able to share the very essence of Aloha that’s embodied in much of the music I perform.” Through the years, Apaka has enthralled many thousands of international visitors and kama`aina alike with his music and stories about Hawai`i.

Jeff Apaka is known for his romantic baritone voice and his repertoire includes the world’s favorite classic hapa-haole love songs of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s to honor his father — as well as his own “mixed bag” of other crowd pleasing songs. A particular favorite, Dark Moon was written by Jeff’s friend, actress/song writer Gayle Storm and 16 Tons was an international hit by his friend Tennessee Ernie Ford. Ford literally made the original Hawaiian Village Hotel his home away from home for his family.

What’s next for Jeff? For now, Jeff intends to take a well-earned vacation and he will continue as the full-time Director of Community Relations for the Waikiki Community Center, working to expand the Center’s child-care programs. Jeff notes, “The Waikiki Community Center provides a much-needed program for the more than 30,000 employees in duke-kahanamoku-challenge-at-hilton-hawaiian-village-waikiki-master-page-777777Waikiki who work on three shifts.” Jeff is also responsible for the Center’s senior programs which now assist hundreds  of seniors every month.

Jeff also coordinates unique events throughout the year — including the annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge — to raise unrestricted funds for the Center’s programs and services.

All in all, it’s easy to expect “Jeff Apaka’s glorious romantic baritone voice and his ability to keep the audience amused, entertained, and hating to leave” will again manifest. Because of his heritage and the fact that he was reared “On both sides of the pond,” Jeff has gained a most special understanding of the diverse audiences who travel to Hawai‘i looking for the magic. More about Jeffrey Apaka HERE and HERE.


Don Ho was the original inspiration behind the annual birthday tribute to Jeff’s father, Alfred Apaka — which Jeff has indeed produced for the past five years at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Jeff notes, “I produced a small tribute event at dad’s tomb one year and Don Ho later pulled me aside to congratulate me. Don said, ‘Jeff! You gotta’ put this on every year no matter what. I don’t care where. Just put it on!’ That was the beginning.”


Before Don Ho there was Alfred Apaka, “The Golden Voice of Hawaii.” During the 1940’s and 1950’s, Apaka was Hawaii’s most famous entertainer and his show was a “must see” for all visitors. Apaka was indeed the most influential local performer of his time, setting the standard for all modern Hawaiian music. His voice, masculine good looks and personality truly helped put Henry Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village Hotel and Hawaii on the map. In 1960, Apaka was planning his own national television special at the time of his unexpected heart attack and death at the age of forty.

The annual birthday tributes have garnered the participation of literally scores of hawaii’s living legends of song and dance as well as many of Hawaii’s current stars (below).

Read more about Alfred Apaka HERE and HERE.

View a slide show with music and photos of the 2011 Alfred Apaka Birthday Tribute HERE.  

The gracious and lovely former movie actress and dancer, Queenie Ventura-Dowsett performed in many famous Waikiki nightspots with Alfred Apaka. Here she is in 2011.
Grammy and Na Hoku slack key award winner Cyril Lani Pahinui confers with Jeff Apaka before going on the Hilton Tapa Bar stage for the Apaka tribute. Cyril’s father Gabby Pahinui was a member of the Alfred Apaka group at the Moana Hotel.
Richard “Babe” Bell has blown his pu (conch shell) at the Ilikai for over 47 years.
Nahoku Award winner Mihana Farden-Souza with Ka`upena Wong. Wong is considered the “dean of Hawaiian language” and he offered a special Oli (Hawaiian chant) honoring Alfred Apaka.
Na Hoku Award winner Henry Kapono Ka`aihue.
Hula dancer Pikake Enos.
Longtime Hawaiian entertainers, (left) Auntie Mona Teves, Kealoha Kalami (center) and Ethlynne Teves (right).
Auntie Mona Teves and Ethlynne Teves.
Guitar-vocalist Nathan Nahinu tunes up for the Apaka tribute.
Na Hoku winner Melveen Leed is Jeff’s “DNA TWIN” who performed at the Hawaiian Village at the time of Henry Kaiser.
Grammy & multi Na Hoku slack key winner Jeff Peterson with the lovely soprano lyricist Cathy Foy.
(right) Composer, musician and former Band Director of the Royal Hawaiian Band, Aaron Mahi and group.
Exponent of the hula, the lovely Kawena Mechler.
Danny Kaleikini performs a show-stopping “Ke Kali Nei Au” (The Hawaiian Wedding Song) with Mona Joy Lum.
The original Hawaiian Room Lexington Hotel hula dancers.
Choreographer-dancer Kimo Mansfield.