The Waikiki Shell is one of the most iconic venues in Hawaii with a history of sold out
performances from artists like Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and Hawaii’s own, C&K.
On September 26, 2015, Revive The Live held its first sold out show at that iconic
venue, billed to be a place where fans can watch the stars under the stars. The night
started out sweet and slow with a performance by Tropical Knights. Following their
feel good, island music was a group made up of Kapena’s children—a band fittingly
named Kapena Kids. The music continued with performances from some of the
Fathers and Pioneers of Island Reggae including The Mana’o Company, Bruddah
Waltah and Fiji.
But the show was far from finished.
In 1985, a group made up of two Tongan brothers and one haole boy from Kaimuki
High School entered a high school competition called Brown Bags To Stardom. Their
love for music only grew from then and the trio soon became one of the most sought
after groups in the islands. This band, known as Kapena, celebrated 30 years of
electrifying music last summer. To commemorate their anniversary, the original
members, who have not performed together in over a decade, reunited for one last
show in Hawaii. They were the headliners and closing act for the second annual
Revive The Live concert series. Fans came from all over the world to see the original
members of Kapena perform their magic together for the last time in Hawaii. With
an opening number featuring over 30 Polynesian dancers, unmistakable melodies,
unmatched three-part harmonies and classic music that so many loyal fans have
grown to love, Kapena mesmerized a crowd of over 8500 people.
Kapena ended the night with Danny’s Song, a song they are known to close with
at The Waikiki Shell. Thousands of lighters lit up a sea of people while Kapena
sang their last song. It was a breathtaking farewell to a group who created the
soundtracks of our childhood.