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By Shelley Murphy

Henry Kapono. Courtesy photo
Henry Kapono. Courtesy photo

Henry Kapono started singing in a children’s church choir at the age of 5 and without formal musical training went onto become a household name throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. Today he remains one of the most popular performers in Hawaii.

A native of Oahu, Kapono’s music embodies the spirit of Aloha with lyrics and songs rooted in his Hawaiian heritage but with influences from the likes of Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Sting.

Early in his career, Kapono teamed-up with Cecilio Rodriguez and the duo known as Cecilio & Kapono quickly gained popularity with their distinctive blend of contemporary pop and folk rock. The pair played together eight years before Kapono left to pursue a solo career. Kapono’s 17 solo albums speak to people from all walks of life and likely resonate with Southern California residents.

In addition to being a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, his credits also include acting in action packed movies and authoring a children’s book.

See Henry Kapono July 20 at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For tickets or dinner reservations, visit or call 949.496.8930.

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