Cyril Pahinui


American slack-key guitarist and singer Cyril Pahinui was born on April 21, 1950, in Waimānalo and died on November 17, 2018.

Cyril Pahinui is the child of the Hawaiian guitarist (and Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee) Gabby Pahinui.

Pahinui has added to in excess of 35 Hawaiian melodic discharges and three Grammy Award-winning accumulations of Hawaiian music.

His 1994 collection 6 and 12 String Slack Key won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano grant for Instrumental Album of the Year and contains “No Ke Ano Ahiahi”, maybe the best 12-string kī hō’alu (slack key) and vocal account at any point made.

In 2013, he got a cooperation from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation to create Let’s Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends, a program of conventional Hawaiian music created for PBS Hawaii.

During 2014, Pahinui got a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award for sustaining the art of slack key music through execution and educating.

He was granted a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017.

Cyril Pahinui passed away at 68 years old.


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