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Cyril Pahinui

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui was born on April 21, 1950, and raised on the island of Oahu; his father, Pops Gabby Pahinui, was a famed slack key guitarist as well, with the family's home a frequent gathering place for local musicians. Influenced by his father as well as family friends like Atta Isaacs and Sonny Chillingworth, Pahinui took up the guitar at age seven, quickly gaining entry to the endless jam sessions going on in his home; he began playing professionally about five years later, and at age 15 he and his brother Bla started a rock band dubbed the Characters. In 1968 Pahinui joined the group Sunday Manoa; a two-year Army stint followed, and upon his return from duty, he joined his father on a series of classic LPs cut for the Panini label. During the mid-1970s he formed the Sandwich Isle Band, one of the first young groups to revive the traditional steel guitar and perform the jazz-inspired material of the pre-World War II era; in 1979, Pahuini also joined the Peter Moon Band. After a series of solo records as well as a collaboration with siblings Bla and Martin, he signed to the Dancing Cat label in 1994 to cut the acclaimed 6 & 12 String Slack Key, winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year; the follow-up, Po Mahina, appeared in 1997. Two years later Pahuini teamed with Bob Brozman to cut the duets collection Four Hands Sweet & Hot. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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My name is Lovey and there is nothing like slack key to relax...I lay on the floor...clos e my eyes and vision floating face up at the beach and feel the ocean slapping me and smell the salt air...AWAY! I'm home.
344471
What is slack key guitar?????
lemanhw
There is no music comparable to Slack Key Guitar,Its all awsome
ddalmas
This reminds me of Hawaii
The Pahinui home was not in Kona, but Waimanalo, on Oahu.
No ka oi (the best)
This sounds an awful lot like some of Michael Martin Murphy's work from years ago.
We saw him play at the Outrigger Reef a couple of months ago. It was a great show. The poke at the bar was good too!
solray0
Ray Price says
I have enjoyed the music of Cyril, his brothers Bla and Martin and of course Pop for many years.
lalaevita
Cyril, too much, just like pop's may the legacy live on with the koko.
Much mahalo, someone who witnessed pop's luau dedication too mom. Terrific. Big Mahalo for you guys. Lala1.
after living in Oahu for 10 years, I finally left...but my heart is still full of aloha for the people of the islands. This music is no ka oi!
da best
noobody makes a twelve string ring like this guy. and he never plays it the same way twice. terrific improvisor.
also, why no auntie Genoa Keawe on Pandora?!!
One of my favorites, Why no Gabby on Pandora?
Truly a slack key great, who deserves recognition. Good to hear on Pandora! More, more!
info62013
This is Hawaiian slack key guitar. There are a ton of recordings by different members of the Pahinui family that include beautiful vocals in Hawaiian. Gabby Pahinui, especially, is widely known and available on CDs but not yet on Pandora. That's a mystery.

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