Kulalaule‘a ‘o Damien Memorial School Aug. 15, 2015

Kulalaule'a 'o Damien Concert

Kulalaule‘a ‘o Damien Memorial School Aug. 15, 2015

Just added to the lineup, Sonny Lim and Kunia Galdeira will be joining Cyril and the boys – The Pahinui Hawaiian Band!

Cyril in Honokaa, Fri., Jun. 26, 2015

Cyril in Honokaa Fri., Jun. 26, 2015.


On the Scene: Pahinui honored at Duke’s

Cyril Pahinui with award.

Cyril Pahinui takes a close look at his Ho ‘okahiho Award after a formal presentation at Duke’s Waikiki on Tuesday. – Photos by John Berger, jberger@staradvertiser.com

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

Cyril Pahinui — multi-Hoku Award-winner and 2014 recipient of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievenment Award — was presented with the 2015 Duke’s Ho‘okahiko Award Tuesday at Duke’s Waikiki in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

The Ho‘okahiko Award recognizes individuals who exemplify Hawaiian cultural traditions; Pahinui was honored for his career accomplishments as a singer, musician, teacher and recording artist with the Sunday Manoa, the Gabby Band, the Sandwich Isles Band, the Peter Moon Band and as a solo artist.

Several dozen friends, relatives and members of the Hawaii music and visitor industries joined Duke’s Waikiki manager Keli’i Gouveia for the late-morning presention. Kimo Kahoano emceed; he was also one of many who shared memories of Cyril and his parents, Emily and Gabby “Pops” Pahinui.

 Kimo Kahoano, left, Cyril Pahinui and Keli'i Gouveia.

Kimo Kahoano, left, Cyril Pahinui and Keli’i Gouveia.

Called forward to accept the beautiful Hawaiian petroglyph-style trophy, Pahinui acknowledged several of the entertainers in the audience and mentioned he started playing slack key when he was 7 years old. He thanked Outrigger Hotels and Resorts for its commitment to presenting Hawaiian music seven days a week (he plays there Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.).

Peter Moon Jr., left Cyril Pahinui and Jeff Au Hoy.

Peter Moon Jr., left Cyril Pahinui and Jeff Au Hoy.

Jeff Peterson, left, and Greg Sardinha.

Jeff Peterson, left, and Greg Sardinha.

 State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, left, Benny Chong and Mike Kaawa.

State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, left, Benny Chong and Mike Kaawa.

Pahinui also recalled the great musicians he had the opportunity to work with while growing up — his father, Sonny Chillingworth, Atta Isaacs and Peter Moon. And he thanked his wife, Chelle, for her support with his career and with the Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila music, saying simply, “She’s everything to me.”

“I’m so glad that I can continue to pass (the music) down to the new generation of young kids,” he concluded. “I’m still playing. There’s no end.”
John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

Hunahuna Mea Hou – Bits of News from Cyril Pahinui

May 2015 Update

We are very excited to announce the release of:

Watch The Trailer HD

We give it a – SHAKA, Thumbs Up
and hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it!
Special live performance by Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa!

Received in a personal email from Cameron Crowe:

“If we were able to make some small offering in the spirit of the love we felt making the film, then the movie has a place in the world.”
“….I’m happy that I was able to do the climactic final scene of the movie with a Cyril performance -“Ipu Lei Manu”.  Happily this wonderful track is also on the soundtrack album.   Hooray for that.
I hope you enjoy the movie and know that I would love to work with you again in any form.  It was a real joy to film your performance, and as always to use your unforgettable music. Thanks again for everything.   Best to you and the family!!!
Your fan always,
Cameron Crowe

 Now Playing MONTHLY in Kailua-Kona
Cyril Pahinui – Kani Pu Kolu  

Watch the Kona Sunset with us!

Fourth Thursday from 5-7pm

Hana hou Seattle!

7th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival is November 8, 2015


Sponsored by:

Hawaiian Airlines
Featuring :
*Melveen Leed
* George Kuo
*Ikaika Marzo
*Jeff Peterson
*Nathan Aweau
*Cyril Pahinui
*Peter Moon
*Jeff Au Hoy
*Patrick Landeza and more!
Skylark Rosetti & Braddah Gomes
along with Hula!  …add to this fantastic line-up Hawaiian tropical flowers, food and special prize drawings.

Mahalo nui for joining us at the 8th Annual
Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila

Perfect weather accompanying the 120 performer lineup made this year’s event a big success
and a good time was had by all!

Save the Date….
The 2016 Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila
will be held on Saturday April 23, 2016.  

   If you were not able to attend we still have a limited supply
of collectible t-shirt & bags available at: www.gabbypahinui.com


Mahalo nui for sharing Hawaiian music.
We value your support and look forward to our next meeting. A hui hou.
Me ka ‘oia’i’o,
Cyril Pahinui

What’s NEXT?
We are now working on Part II of
“Let’s Play Music with Cyril Pahinui & Friends”

Followed by a monthly Webisode broadcast!
..Watch for updates to find out how you can Support this Project on Kickstarter,
Purchase a Part I DVD and WIN ticketsto attend recording sessions and screening events!

 Na Hoku Award Winning
“Music Video of the Year”

Featuring the song from
Na Hoku Nominated

“Album of the Year”

Kawika Kahiapo -
Kawika Kahiapo’s, “Waimanalo”

Let’s Play Music Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends


at 17th annual Ho’okahiko Awards on June 2, 2015.
This award honors those in the Hawaiian community who perpetuate the culture. Duke’s Waikiki believes strongly and sincerely in the Aloha Spirit, and that Aloha is the best of Hawai’i’s traditions. 

The word “ho’okahiko” means “cling to the traditions.”
Duke’s Hoʻokahiko Award was established in 1998 to honor those who, today, live exemplify and pass on those traditions. 

Past recipients include: Mac Poepoe; Joanne Kahanamoku Sterling; Nalani Kanakaole and Sig Zane; Kumu Hula Kau’i Brandt; John and Poakalani Serrao; Ester Kakalia Westmoreland; Wright Bowman Sr.; and Winona Beamer, Leinaala and Wilfred Lopes, and Buffalo Keaulana

Duke’s at Outrigger Waikiki

Cyril Pahinui Live!

 Performing in Honolulu
Wednesdays 6-9pm

Outrigger Reef
Kani Ka Pila Grille
Celebrating 7 years!

Slack Key Workshops at the Bishop Museum

On Oahu? Please join us monthly for Ki Hoalu Workshops at the Bishop Museum. The class is open to everyone and is taught in the Kanikapila style: Watch and listen Nānā ka maka; ho’olohe ka pepeiao. 

2015 schedule is:

  • May 11
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • August 17
  • September 14
  • October 19
  • November 23
  • December 21

More information can be found at: cyrilpahinui.com

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