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Henry Kapono & ManoaDNA at Blue Note Hawaii

Artist 2 Artist Series: Henry Kapono Foundation Edition

Opening Performance by Sean Cleland


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 13th features talented family band MānoaDNA with an opening performance by award-winning songwriter Sean Cleland.

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.

MānoaDNA is a talented family band that brings intense harmonies, inherent good looks, and a wide repertoire of music to the party. Yes, the “DNA” in MānoaDNA means it is all in the genes! “Dad” (Lloyd) has almost forty years of professional entertaining experience, and often draws from personal history and friendships as he showcases the music of MānoaDNA. His son, Alx, is not only a good looking “hapa boy” but he is musically talented and vocally unsurpassed in the islands as well. Together they offer traditional Hawaiian music, soft rock, and high-energy dance music, all in flawless harmony. This is no ordinary local band. With six worldwide releases that have garnered eleven Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations, and winner of Hawaii Music Award’s album of the year, ManoaDNA’s music appeals to a wide range of audiences. MānoaDNA creates a distinctive sound that has wowed audiences from one side of the Pacific Ocean to the other – from Japan to Las Vegas and everywhere in between.

Sean Cleland is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist based out of Honolulu, Hawai’i. Described as an “innovative singer-songwriter and prolific performer who plays pop, rock, and soul” by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, his music can in one moment be introspective and refined, and in the next, fiery and emotional. Blending together a hooky pop-songwriting aesthetic with the raw emotion of his electric guitar, Sean traverses and synthesizes the frenetic passion of rock and blues with the sultry sounds of r&b, jazz, and soul.

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 13
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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