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Henry Kapono: A Tribute to Don Ho at Blue Note Hawaii

Watch live and on-demand for one full week following the performance.

Presented with support from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and Hawaiian 105

This 2021 special edition is in partnership with the Henry Kapono Foundation and dedicated to helping get Hawai`i’s musicians back to work and on stage to do what they love most…perform.

April 29th brings us a special tribute show to the one and only Don Ho.

The launch of this new format will continue to feature multiple award-winning and GRAMMY® nominee, Henry Kapono, who will introduce a new opening segment that will spotlight many of Hawai`i’s diverse and talented musical entertainers, followed by some of Hawai`i’s most iconic musicians. Henry will “jam” and “talk story” one-on-one with each artist, “deconstructing” their career (as only one artist to another can do) to give the audience insight to the spirit and aspirations of the person/people behind the music.

Don Ho was Hawai`i’s Ambassador of Aloha to the world. A favorite son of Hawai`i, he brought people together with his charismatic personality, Hawaiian values, and music. Don Ho is Hawai`i’s icon and a personification of the Aloha Spirit. He was big time, but to Don, it “ain’t no big thing.”

His legacy of performing spanned over five decades (1960-2007) of entertaining audiences, appearing on every major talk show, being a Las Vegas headliner, starring in his own ABC-TV show and specials, to headlining Waikiki’s most popular and longest running show, providing a showcase for young, local talent, and inspiring them to reach for greatness.

With over 15 best-selling recordings and featuring songs by local composers, there was so much more to Don Ho than “Tiny Bubbles” and “Pearly Shells.” Don’s music was the cornerstone on which he built his extraordinary entertainment career. It is the language through which he spoke from his heart to the world. Whether a lifelong friend, an aspiring performer looking for a break, a grandmother from Peoria, or a member of the military, you mattered to Don Ho. In a one-on-one encounter or appearance before hundreds on his stage, he made you feel special in his genuine “local boy” style.

~Courtesy of the Donald Tai Loy Ho Trust.

Native Hawaiian and GRAMMY® nominated, Henry Kapono is a multiple award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and composer. Henry is one of Hawaii’s most popular recording artists and presides over Kapono Inc, one of Hawaii’s top multi-function entertainment companies. He is equally known for his community support and philanthropic endeavors, recently launching the “The Henry Kapono Foundation” in 2018 whose mission is to “Support the community through music and the arts and by giving with Aloha.”

In an effort to provide Hawai`i artists with support, the Henry Kapono Foundation provided over 360 music professionals with Foodland Gift Cards for their families. Now to continue to support Hawai`i’s music industry and offer entertainers what they have asked for the most; Kapono Inc., in partnership with the Henry Kapono Foundation, are helping to get artists back to work and back on stage! Henry Kapono’s Artist 2 Artist Concert Series is committed to doing just that. Showcasing these talented musicians will undoubtedly deliver an entertaining and fun filled night for the audience, while providing the entertainers meaningful income and the spotlight for them to shine.


April 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Blue Note
2335 Kalakaua Ave. Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Waikiki, HI 96814 United States
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