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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Celebrate romantic voice of Waikiki

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Alfred Aholo Apaka

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If you were born before 1950, you probably heard Alfred Aholo Apaka's name no matter where you grew up. His romantic baritone voice still resonates throughout the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tapa Room the showroom where the legendary local entertainer captivated thousands of visitors with his golden voice. This was an era our parents and grandparents knew. This was the wild and romantic Waikīkī of the 1940s and 1950s.

This man, arguably the foremost interpreter of hapa-haole music, is remembered once again tomorrow, on what would have been his 90th birthday. A kanikapila-style ceremony will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian's Tapa Room. The public is welcome.

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