Like Back In The Day With C&K

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - August 12, 2009
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Cecilio & Kapono’s Back In The Day Legend Concert is Aug. 27-29 at Hawaii Theatre

Listening to a Cecilio & Kapono song is like having one of Mom’s home-cooked meals.

It serves up the familiarity, warmth, love and care that goes into making it. And it’s delicious!

Henry Kapono Kaaihue and Cecilio David Rodriguez wouldn’t want it made any other way.

Since 1973, C&K have given us their gift of harmony, songwriting, entertaining and passion. And this month they’re delivering again with a concert, golf tournament and an album.


First up is the Back In The Day C&K Golf Classic with The Legends Aug. 25 at Hawaii Prince Golf Club. The public is invited to join Cecilio and Kapono as they tee off with some of Hawaii’s legends.

“We expect a star-studded attendance at the golf course, but the real stars are the participants because it is through their participation that we all get to help,” says Cecilio. “So I hope everyone joins in the fun while at the same time helping our community.”

Proceeds from the tournament will again go to benefit Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, whose mission is to build stronger communities by building stronger families.

“We both have golfed before, and our thoughts were that here is a fun way for us to put on an event and be able to help others as well, and because Keiki O Ka Aina was our beneficiary last year it was a natural for this year,” says Cecilio.

As for who’s the better golfer? Henry says, “I do not have as much time to golf. I enjoy it and my plans this year are to work on my game, but I’m getting better.”

And Cecilio?

“Golf is one of my passions, but as any golfer will tell you, golf is a game that can never be mastered. You can only try to improve, and one day can be totally different than the last. I’m always trying to find the humor in things. I always say, ‘I can play to a 6 at any given time and to a 26 the very next round.’”

It’s the stage where the two really shine.

Their C&K Back In The Day Legend Concert Series is back by popular demand at Hawaii Theatre Aug. 27, 28 and 29.

The concert celebrates the timeless legacy of Cecilio & Kapono’s music, alongside the many great musicians they grew up with, respected and learned from.

This year’s concert will feature the talents of Jimmy Borges, Melveen Leed, Kimo Kahoano, Gabe Baltazar, Buddy & Sammi Fo and Iva Kinimaka.

“We felt it an honor and privilege to turn our fans on to people in the industry, whom we both have a love and respect for and whom we had learned a lot from back in the day. The true entertainers from the days when Waikiki was a music mecca,” says Kapono. “It doesn’t get better than this and we’re totally excited to be sharing the stage with these legendary greats.

“Also joining us during our performance will be Amy Hanaialii and Pauline Wilson, two ladies of music who can totally control an audience with their voice and presence. We both love them. And there may be a couple more possible surprises.”

As for C&K’s performance, they say to expect all their classics, as well as a couple new songs from their new CD C&K.

“The real cool part of this concert series is that we will be doing it more in an unplugged format,” adds Kapono. “Our drummer Stu Sherman will be on brushes, our bass player Jon Hawes will be on stand up, and our keyboardist Mark Tanouye will be on grand piano. It’s new for us as we’ve never done this before, but we’re really excited to see how it all plays out. It’s going to be fun and amazing.”

Cecilio & Kapono say the crowd favorites are always About You, Sailing, Friends, Good Times Together, We’re All Alone, Night Music, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Good Night And Good Morning, Highway In The Sun, Here With You, Lifetime Party, Sunflower ... The list goes on and on.

And for anyone who hasn’t heard the dynamic duo perform recently, let’s just say it only gets better with time. Almost like a fine wine.

“Our voices have gotten stronger; our love for our songs keep growing stronger,” says Kapono. “We love our songs, and after all these years we still love singing them. For us, it’s like going back in time when we were having fun and life was easy.”

Cecilio adds, “We get better, of course, but part of that reason is we treat each song the same way: as if we are singing it for the first time. They can see the joy we have in singing them.”

Their to-be-released album is testimony to that!

It’s their first studio-recorded CD in 20 years with eight new songs about their journey together, appreciation for their fans and personal love stories.

“Smooth Sailing is what started us thinking about doing a new CD, and we’re really proud of the outcome,” says Kapono. “We actually started the recording in May of this year. The songs were pretty much written already, so it really wasn’t something we just threw together. We’ve been waiting for this opportunity, and now seemed like the right time. Our schedules worked out, and all the stars were aligned, and badda bing, badda boom - here it is.”

The album kicks off with That’s Love, a Spanish-flavored piece that features Cecilio on flamenco guitar. Forever And For All is about high school sweethearts who build a dream together and a family, and live happily ever after. Too Many Lovers is about two friends who found each other and fell totally in love. Back In The Day is about C&K and their fun times partying in the country and hanging out with friends. Gather ‘Round reflects on the people who have listened to their music throughout the years and how, for some, it has become the sound track for their lives.

One More For The Road is directly about C&K, but it also speaks about people in general getting together one more time. Smooth Sailin’ is about two hearts finding a place of peaceful coexistence. And Baby Mine is about two people in love, separated by distance and looking forward to the future together.

The new album will be released during the concert series to ticket buyers only and released to the public on a later date.

With their August schedule filled (including a performance at MidWeek‘s 25th anniversary party), Cecilio & Kapono won’t have much time to rest before embarking on a West Coast tour in September. Also coming up, the guys will perform in Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Curators of Hawaiian Music series every Thursday through November and December.


As for their future, no one can say (sing) it better than they can, “It’s been a good time together ... gonna be a long time together and the best is yet to come.”

Deadline to register for the C&K golf classic is Aug. 15. For more information, visit http://www.ceciliokapono.com.

Concert tickets are available for purchase at http://www.hawaiitheatre.com or by calling 528-0506. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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