Kalapana. It’s the name of a town on the Big Island, but also one of Hawaii’s most popular recording groups with hits like “The Hurt” and “What Do I Do.” After their lead singer, Mackey Feary, committed suicide in 1999, the group has continued recording and touring, but their music isn’t the same. Feary had a distinct singing style that can’t be emulated.
Last week my guitar teacher gave me this song to learn because one of his other students brought it in, and we got to talking about the band (he went to high school with Feary). “The Hurt” is one of my favorite Kalapana songs and with the exception of one chord, is an easy song to play.
Here it is for all of you to enjoy.