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Slack-Key legend told to stop playing in Honolulu International Airport

Ledward Kaapana (Image: Ledward Kaapana/Facebook) Ledward Kaapana (Image: Ledward Kaapana/Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Slack-Key guitar legend, Ledward Kaapana says he won't hesitate to spread aloha and share his music at the airport again after his run-in with airport security.

Kaapana was playing in the Honolulu International Airport while waiting to board his flight, something he's done for years, until a security guard told him to stop playing.

He took to social media to express his surprise when he was told to stop, drawing thousands of supporters.

"I just came off one tour for two, two and a half month and I've been playing all over the airport and people would just sit enjoying the music that I was sharing, sharing the aloha of Hawai'i," Kaapana said. "I felt mad inside and I felt kinda embarrassed all at the same time and I was surprised."

A Hawaii Department of Transportation official says the airports music policy has been a statewide rule for years and that the security officer was just doing his job because there actually is a law that prohibits playing musical instruments in Honolulu International Airport.

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