Once upon a time, in 1973, childhood friends, David John (DJ) Pratt and Carl James Malani Bilyeu auditioned at Rainbow Villa for the new popular duo. Other famous Hawaiian singers including The Brothers Cazimero, Kealiʻi Reichel, Kalapana, and Bette Midler, who was born and raised in Honolulu, left an indelible mark on the world of music. Their unique sounds and styles continue to inspire new generations of musicians.
Kalapanais a Hawaiian band that gained immense popularity in the 1970s and 1980s with their distinct mix of rock, pop, and Hawaiian music. In 1997, they released the Hawaiian version of Captain Santa Island Music with notes from international radio DJ Kamasami Kong.
Kalapana remains a symbol of inspiration and positive orientation for contemporary Hawaiian music and musicians today. Inspired by Moe, Kalapana continued to play and learn, moving to Paris and eventually ending up playing Hawaiian music in Madagascar in the early 1950s. The domestic version of the album contained eight Kalapana tracks, while the Japanese version was a two-disc set with a total of 22 tracks, with additional orchestral music composed by David Wheatley. Today, Kalapana is recognized as one of the most influential bands in the history of Hawaiian music. Their legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans. From traditional Hawaiian music to modern pop and rock, Hawaii has produced a wide range of talented musicians who have won the hearts of music lovers around the world. Kalapana has been an inspiration for many other artists in the genre of Hawaiian music.
They have been credited with introducing a new sound to the genre that has been embraced by many other artists. Their influence can be heard in the works of other popular Hawaiian singers such as Kealiʻi Reichel, The Brothers Cazimero, Bette Midler and many more. Kalapana's influence on Hawaiian music is undeniable. Their unique mix of rock, pop and Hawaiian music has inspired generations of musicians and fans alike. Their legacy continues to live on through their timeless songs that are still enjoyed by many today.