Stars come out for Bruddah Waltah tribute: Father of Hawaiian Reggae honored with 3-hour concert

  • Mark Yamanaka performs on July 29 at Hilo Palace Theater.

  • DeeDee Aipolani performs hula on July 29 at Hilo Palace Theater. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Bruddah Walter Aipolani performs on July 29 at Hilo Palace Theater. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Ben Kaili performs on July 29 at Hilo Palace Theater. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Bruddah Walter Aipolani performs on July 29 at Hilo Palace Theater. (photos by steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

It’s been nearly a year since Bruddah Walter Aipolani’s doctor diagnosed him with advanced liver cancer. “He gave me less than one year to live,” the award-winning musician sadly announced at last Friday’s benefit event at the Hilo Palace Theater.