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Ledward Kaapana & Friends benefit concert (Nov. 3)


In a special appearance, Hawaiian slack key master Ledward Kaapana and friends will play a benefit concert at Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School, Saturday, Nov 3.

Part of a day-long fundraiser to help Waimea Artists’ Guild bring arts programs into the school, the Concert follows a Holiday Arts Market, and includes a homestyle Chili & Rice dinner.

Ledward Kaapana

“Our partnership with KALO is a very important one that we value highly,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry, the 501(c)(3) parent nonprofit of Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG). “Working closely with the teachers and administrators, our artists will bring their expertise and talents into the classroom to share with Kanu students—and they’re very excited about it the opportunity. It’s a wonderful collaboration in our community, and we’re so grateful to Ledward for contributing his music to our day.”

The day begins with an outstanding Holiday Arts Market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kanu, featuring the works of island favorite artists and artisans with a wide range of original creations.

Works of art in jewelry, bone and wood carving, weaving, fiber arts, fine arts, furnishings, fashion and more will be on display, offering the opportunity to meet and talk story with all the artists.

Admission is free and Waimea Artists’ Guild welcomes artists and artisans to join the experience. Please call 808-887-2289 to sign up.

Following the Arts Market, from 4-6 p.m., Ledward Kaapana & Friends appear live in a “backyard-style” dinner concert, in an open air venue on campus.

Described as a musician of “easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm,” Kaapana has grown a loyal following of “Led Heads” over 40 years as a professional musician, earning numerous Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano awards and nominations.

His guitar skills, resonant baritone voice and soaring leo kiekie (falsetto) have joined musical forces with Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, and many other Nashville stars, as well as notable Hawaiian musicians like Aunty Genoa Keawe, Melveen Leed, the Pahinui Brothers, Amy Hanaialii, and countless others.

The family-friendly festivity includes dinner of chili, rice, salad bar, and beverages. Tickets are $15 adult, $9 youth 4-12, keiki 3 and under free, available at the school or Mama’s House Thrift Store (adjacent to Napa Auto) or by calling 887-2289. Warm clothing is suggested in case of chilly weather.

Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School is a free public school for grades K-12 with focus on Hawaiian culture, located in Waimea. To reach the school, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, of which Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store are components. WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.

For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email or visit

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