Cyril Pahinui’s Kani Pu Kolu (January 2014) skillfully combines Hawai‘i’s favorite stringed instruments ukulele, kī hō‘alu (slack key) and steel guitars in this brilliantly arranged collection that once more redefines and expands the boundaries of Hawaiian music.
The unmatched qualities of Hawaiian style jazz create a superbly innovative yet vintage sound that is unquestionably faithful to its traditional Hawaiian musical roots. The inventive composition of intricate rhythms and complex pā‘āni characterize the distinctive Pahinui style that appeals to almost everyone who hears it.
Almost without comparison, Cyril Pahinui has enjoyed a phenomenal career in Hawaiian music and the first-rate musicianship, tight arrangements and hot licks showcase his expertise and confirm his impact on a new generation of Hawaiian musicians.
Hālau Mele Hawai‘i ‘O Pahinui (Pahinui School of Hawaiian Music) features monthly instruction in Kīhō‘alu or slack key guitar at the Bishop Museum.
Classroom is located in the Hawaiian Sports Hall of Fame exhibit. Everyone is welcome. Just bring your guitar and be ready to kanikapila. There are two sessions per night beginning at 4:30 and 6:00pm.
Bishop Museum Classes 2014
August 9 GPWK (HMHoP Students perform)
December 15 Year End Kanikapila and Potluck
Sessions are taught in the kanikapila style, Nana ka maka; ho‘olohe ka pepeiao -watch with the eyes, and listen with the ears. Thus one learns. This traditional method provides the perfect instruction to this rich tradition. Students of all levels learn at their own speed as they are guided through simple exercises and solos to create the “slack key” sound. Slack key can be played on any guitar, acoustic or electric. The term refers to both the musical style and the myriad ways the instrument is tuned. I teach several traditional tunings and focus on those that originated in my family particularly the C tuning. In addition, you’ll learn the use of vibrato, harmonics, slurs, harmonies in thirds and sixths, legato playing and other musical ideas that have helped create a distinctive guitar sound. This lush finger-picking style will add new sounds and flavors to your entire repertoire.
I will supply you with the cord charts and song sheets we will use. Students must bring their own guitar.
Master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui (featured in Pacific Heartbeat 100 – Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar), jams with some of the best musicians in Hawai‘i in these intimate backyard performances. Cyril is the son of Gabby “Pop” Pahinui, who is considered the “Godfather” of Hawaiian slack key guitar and whose music was featured prominently in the Academy Award winning film, The Descendants.