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Artist: Nedward Kaapana
Album: His Own Man
CD Id: SLCD-7059

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Track Song Title Time
1 Kanani O Miloli'l 04:35
2 Hilo Hawaii / Nahenahe 02:54
3 Hanohano Hanalei 02:17
4 Kela Me 'Whiffa' 03:43
5 Paoakalani 04:03
6 Kolomona 02:56
7 Puo Kolu 03:44
8 Hi'Ilawe 03:34
9 Waipio 04:06
10 Hinahina 03:01
11 Portagee Slack Key 02:55
12 Nani 03:52
13 Silver Threads 02:57
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Album CoverI ASKED NED: "Who do you want to play with you on this album?" Answer: "Nobody—I goin' do it all myself." So— he did. And did he ever!! But then, what else would a Ka'apana do — right?

The Ka'apana's are another of Hawaii's rich heritage of great musical ohana — this one from the Kalapana area on the Big Island, and they continue to make their musical statement with this new recording by Ned — his first as a soloist.

As stated, Ned did it all: bass, rhythm guitar; ukulele, and superb slack key guitar work utilizing several different tunings. And, the vocals too, of course! Nothing to it —! that is, if you had a mother and a father and eight brothers and sisters, all of whom played one or more instruments — when they weren't fighting over them! Nedward (he says: "Call me 'Ned'") and Ledward (he says: "Call me 'Led'") are twins. "Led" is "Ned's" senior by 5 minutes.

A few of the selections herein recall the days of the "Hui Ohana" and several are "newly-found" old favorites, as well as some originals, but all done with a new twist here and there. You will then understand why we titled this album, HIS OWN MAN.

Oh, one little aside: the steel guitar was an after thought and was played by some unknown. We forgot to get his name.

This album is real "backyard," "down-home kine" Hawaiian "pickin" and I think it would be good 'cause for all the Ka'apana ohana to celebrate Ned's efforts with a big family luau.

So, hana hou, Ned. Or maybe it would be better to say, Ohana hou.

Jerry Byrd

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