I am honored to announce that I have been selected for a 2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award.
Me Ka hau’oli!
Although there are so many, including each of you my Friends, Family and Fans who have brought me to this place. Each of us has someone who has “loved us into being”, encouraged us to continue, and inspired our greatest achievements. For me it is my dad. Although he had very little money and few material things his ALOHA for music and his homeland and his ability to share that love has enrich my life beyond anything else.
Sometimes people ask me how I feel being compared to my dad. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t bother me. I have his blood but my own style. I’m proud to carry on the Pahinui name, do things the way he did, like singing and playing Hawaiian music, respecting and sharing with other musicians. And if people hear me and remember my dad, that makes me happy too.
My dad once told his friends, “my son’s time will come, I don’t know when, but it will.” I only hope that if my time has come, I hope he is proud of what I’ve done.
Today we officially announce the recognition of Cyril Pahinui for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award. And to commemorate his preeminent career and receiving this highest of honors, the re-release of The Sandwich Isle Band, Cyril Pahinui’s debut album released in 1978 and one of the first of the next generation releases that defined contemporary Hawaiian Music! The Sandwich Isle Band is the creation of Grammy-nominee Cyril Pahinui’s first group formed in 1975. The recordings feature the innovative sounds of bass player sensation Brian Hussey, steel guitar wonder Eddie Palama, the phenomenon guitar of Steven Hall, on loan percussionist Merv Ching and guest artist the virtuoso, Peter Moon, set in the picturesque exotic tropical paradise, the Sandwich Islands.