I’m a long-time paid subscriber and am just growing accustomed to the new Pandora interface. Back in the day, one of the great pleasures of shopping at a brick and mortar “record” store was browsing the album covers and reading the liner notes. While listing all of the many musical influences, etc. is ok, can we please have the original liner notes? SIZE MATTERS: The small album cover images on my smartphone are fine but the tiny album covers on my computer screen just don’t cut it for me. Could there eventually be an option to have MUCH LARGER cover art displayed? Itunes has continually managed to degrade their Web display from the lovely large cover display with a flip through option some years ago to the current version which is clumsy and downright ugly. Perhaps consider that Itunes version of some years back as a model. Thanks for considering my suggestions.
APAKA ERA AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE TO END ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2005
Jeffrey Apaka Will Close 5-year Run; Annual Alfred Apaka Tribute Also Ending
HONOLULU: DRAFT3 OF OCTOBER 28. 2015 — After a successful five-year run in the Tapa Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, headliner Jeffrey Apaka will perform his final show on Sunday November 15th, 2015, from 5 – 7 pm.
Apaka said, “Performing in front of such a sophisticated international audience every week has been a rare and personally rewarding experience. I leave knowing that I was able to share the very essence of Aloha that’s embodied in much of the music I perform.” 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 Tennessee Ernie Ford who made the Hawaiian Village his home away from home with 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 Waikiki who work on three shifts. Jeff is also responsible for the Center’s senior’s programs which now assist X00 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.
ANNUAL ALFRED APAKA BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE ALSO ENDING
Don Ho was the original inspiration behind the annual birthday tribute to Jeff’s father Alfred Apaka which Jeff has produced for the past five years at the Hilton. Jeff notes, “Don came to me with the idea “quote needed”.
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. Apaka was planning his own national television special at the time of his unexpected heart attack and death at the age of forty in 1960. He was buried with a microphone in his hands.
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).
“The Golden Voice of Hawai`i” Alfred Aholo Apaka
March 19, 1919 – January 30, 1960
Should you wander through the Tapa lobby of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki, you’ll find a life-size bronze statue honoring the legendary Hawaiian romantic baritone, Alfred Aholo Apaka. During the statue’s dedication in 1997, long-time family friend and great Hawaiian teacher, the late Gladys Brandt said, “His ability to render a Hawaiian melody was unduplicated for the time, and perhaps forever.”
Before Don Ho there was Alfred Apaka, The Golden Voice of Hawai`i. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, Apaka was Hawaii’s most famous entertainer and his show was a “must see” for all island 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 industrialist-developer Henry Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village Hotel on the map. George Kanahele, a critical observer of Hawaiian music later wrote, “Alfred Apaka possessed one of the most remarkable voices to ever come out of Hawai`i.”
Born into a musical family, Apaka came from Hawaiian royalty. His great-aunt, Lydia Aholo, was an educator and the daughter of another great Hawaiian musician — Queen Lydia Lili‘uokalani. Apaka’s son, Jeff, also a fine musician, says of his father, “I like to think that dad’s musical training came in a direct line from the Queen.” Alfred Apaka’s father, Alfred Sr. was himself an accomplished musician and later recorded with his son for Capitol records.
Alfred’s obvious talent and public appeal eventually landed him a spot as a featured singer on the enormously popular syndicated radio program Hawaii Calls — and then came regular shows with the Moana Serenaders at Waikiki’s renown Moana Hotel. From the Moana, he moved to Don the Beachcomber’s where in 1952, Bob Hope “discovered” Alfred Apaka. Appearances on Ed Sullivan’s prestigious Talk of The Town and the equally popular Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore television shows followed giving — unprecedented national television exposure for both Apaka’s golden voice and for Hawai‘i.
At home in Hawai`i, Apaka headlined the Tapa Room at Henry Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village which was constructed specifically for Apaka’s show. As his fame and popularity spread, in 1957 and seating 800, one of the worlds first gold anodized aluminum geodesic domes was built to accommodate Apaka’s adoring crowds.
In Hollywood, Metro-Goldyn-Mayer signed him and Apaka was planning his own national television special at the time of his sudden heart attack and death at the age of forty in 1960. Alfred Aholo Apaka was buried with a microphone in his hands at Diamond Head Memorial Park in Honolulu.
In 1997, Alfred Apaka was honored by a prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1999 with an album, Lost Recordings of Hawai‘i’s Golden Voice. As a testimony to the significance of his music, 21 albums are available on Itunes and Amazon.com — nearly 60 years after his last performance.
Hawaii’s This Week Magazine publisher Ron Cruger wrote, “Because Hawaii is a land far removed from all others, the most distant populated place on earth, the people of Hawaii hold on to their traditions – their history – dreams. The splendid voice of Alfred Apaka remains in the memories of the Hawaiians. His magical voice filled the sweet Hawaiian air with thoughts of love and dreams of what could be. When Apaka sang a hush fell over those listening. Most had never heard such beauty weave through the air. It was romantic and strong. It made you dream. Hawaiians hold close to their hearts the feelings and the sounds of Alfred Apaka’s music.”
Son Jeff Apaka noted, “Somehow, the romantic hapa haole music of Hawaii’s golden era of entertainment that once captivated and enthralled the world has been lost. My great hope is that the music my father once sang – the classic music that exemplified Aloha, that set Hawai`i apart from the rest of the world and attracted so many to visit – will someday be heard again in the now empty showrooms on ‘the Golden Mile’ in Waikiki.”
It’s about time
On July 5, 2015, ABC TV devoted a special segment to discussing the economic crisis in Puerto Rico.
On TIEMPO with Joe Torres, the subjects included the need for a shipping industry in Puerto Rico, and the true causes of its $73 billion public debt.
David Galarza, a veteran community activist and union organizer for CSEA, laid out the major themes. Nelson Denis provided some additional information.
The show’s host, Joe Torres, was a consummate professional: well-informed and thought-provoking, his questions cut to the core issues confronting the entire island.
The interview covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes. The overriding concern was the creation of a permanent, sustainable industries in Puerto Rico, that do not repatriate the profits back to foreign investors. You can see the entire segment here:
As the interview made clear, Puerto Rico must develop its own engines of economic growth.
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