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Uncles Guitar Stolen: Have You Seen It?

My Uncles Guitar was stolen :(

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Ledward Kaapana says it’s like losing a close friend or even a family member.

“Me and the guitar we got a lot of love,” said the slack key legend, as he talked about an Ibanez acoustic guitar that was stolen this past Monday from his white Toyota Matrix.

Kaapana was celebrating his birthday with family and friends at Like Like Drive Inn on Keeaumoku Street on August 25. When he went back to his car he noticed the instrument was gone.

“The passenger door, the front door was kind of open,” said Kaapana. “Looked like someone went into the car.”

Kaapana says each one of his twenty or so guitars has a special voice. He figures the stolen Ibanez was the third or fourth guitar he ever owned and had been part of his collection since 1978.

“Crispy sound,” says Kaapana of the priceless instrument. “I just like the crispy sound. It sounds a little more bass.”

Ever since the guitar was stolen, Hawaii’s tight knit entertainment community has been trying to get it back. Music and guitar stores and even pawn shops have been contacted. The story has also made it onto local radio stations.

“Everyday I’ve been having all these phone calls,” Kapana said of the help. “We checking here we checking there. I just like to thank all of them guys.”

Kaapana hopes to get his Ibanez back no questions asked.

“I told the guys at the Like Like Drive Inn that (the person) could bring the guitar, just drop it off and you know disappear and it’s all good.”

Anyone with information about the stolen instrument can contact Judy Barrett by e-mail at JudyBarrett.com or call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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