HONOLULU (KHON2) – If you walk through Kailua on a Friday night, you might hear the tunes of Buddy Makapagal.
“I was playing in Waikiki with a quartet,” said Buddy Makapagal, a resident of Kailua. “Piano, bass, drums, trumpet, we were on Lewers Street, it was great fun, we were just playing old, old music, old jazz. “
The 86-year-old uses his veranda as a stage to share his music with the community.
“The Bible says we have spiritual gifts and mine is to play the piano and I love to play and it is my spiritual gift to play for others.”
Buddy wouldn’t be able to do a show every week without the help of his wife, who came up with the idea of a lanai jazz concert.
“I dragged Buddy’s piano out onto the porch at lunchtime and I said ‘Buddy, Buddy come on, come on’ and he came out and I said ‘Can you play’ and he s’ sits and played maybe for an hour, ”said Robin Makapagal. “Buddy is going to be 87 next month and this gift of music has to be shared with the world, which is why we are doing it.”
The Makapagal say they are happy to be able to bring some aloha to their community in these uncertain times.
“It brings great joy to people, we have people who were never used to leaving their homes coming to bring their chairs and make sure they are here early. It was a real encouragement for so many to have this wonderful time on Friday, ”said Robin.
Even if the pandemic passes, Buddy has no plans to end his neighborhood concerts anytime soon.
“I’ll go even when quarantine is over, I’ll just play until I drop dead,” Buddy said.
Makapagal’s next lanai jazz concert will be on Friday at 6 p.m. via Facebook live and Zoom. For more information, click here.