Cyril Pahinui Named 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow

National Endowment for the Arts Names
2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows

June 20, 2017

Washington, DC— Across the United States there are traditional art forms that shape our culture and make our communities distinct, whether it’s conjunto music in Texas, old-time buckdancing in Tennessee, or Chilkat weaving in Alaska. For the past 35 years, the National Endowment for Arts (NEA) has presented National Heritage Fellowships to celebrate and honor master artists working in the folk and traditional arts. Today the NEA is announcing the nine 2017 National Heritage Fellowship recipients, who will each receive $25,000 and will be honored in Washington, DC this September.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to honor these individuals for artistic mastery, as well as a commitment to sharing their traditions,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Our nation is a richer, more vibrant place because of these artists and the art forms they practice.”

The 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients are:

*Dwight Lamb is the recipient of the 2017 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

Profiles of the 2017 Heritage Fellows are available on the NEA’s website, along with photos and audio samples of their work.

Cyrl Pahinui - Photo by Chelle C. Pahinui
Cyrl Pahinui – Photo by Chelle C. Pahinui

2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Events in Washington, DC
The NEA will celebrate the 2017 National Heritage Fellows at two events this fall in Washington, DC, both of which are free and open to the public. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Concert tickets are first come, first served and will be available later this summer. The concert will also be webcast live at More information about both of these events will be available later this summer.

About the NEA National Heritage Fellowships
The National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. Including the 2017 class, the NEA has awarded 422 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, recognizing artists working in more than 200 distinct art forms, such as bluesman B.B. King, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, cowboy poet Wally McRae, Kathak dancer and choreographer Chitresh Das, and gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples. More information about the NEA National Heritage Fellows is available on the NEA’s website. The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 class of NEA National Heritage Fellowships. The deadline is August 3, 2017. Visit the NEA’s website for more information and to submit a nomination.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

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Gabby ‘Pops’ Pahinui: Honoring A Legend

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The late Gabby ‘Pops’ Pahinui was one of the great 20th century masters of Hawaiian vocal, slack key and steel guitar music. He endeared himself to millions, not just with his charisma and talent, but with his humility and kindness.

Waikiki Beach Walk pays tribute to our maestro of the South Seas. Tribute Statue of Philip Kunia “Gabby” Pahinui (1921-1980) will be presented late May 2017.

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Part II of  “Let’s Play Music with Cyril Pahinui & Friends”



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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:


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2015 schedule is: 

August 17

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November 23

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Kani Pu Kolu.
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No Ka Poli Mai Nō O Waimānalo
“Let’s Play Music ~Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends” 
Straight from the Heart  of Waimanalo
As you may know for social media projects 

small contributions add up
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meeting these larger goals. 

So anything you can add is graciously and sincerely appreciated. 

Sharing the information out to others on your networks is often of value as well. 
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Mahalo in advance for your consideration and support for

my lifetime dream project! 
We look forward to bringing each of you out to our Waimanalo backyard kanikapila.
Part II of our “Let’s Play Music with Cyril Pahinui and Friends” Video Series highlighting the untold story of the Hawaiian Music Renaissance of the 70s and 80s.
Let’s Play Music features Slack Key Master Cyril Pahinui and some of Hawai’i’s best known musicians in intimate backyard performances. Add to that historic footage and MUSIC!
Followed by ……a monthly Webisode broadcast on the internet! 
Although our goal is $65,000, we have an angel investor who has committed to match up to $115,000
 if we can raise it. 
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The 2016 Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila will be held on Saturday April 23, 2016.  


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Let’s Play Music Part II Moea No I Ka Pu‘uwai E Waimānalo, Straight From the Heart of Waimānalo

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We are reaching out to you to support for our kickstarter project found at:
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As you may know with these social media projects even the smallest contributions add up and become vital to meeting these enormous goals. So anything you can afford to add is graciously and sincerely appreciated. And sharing the information out to others on your networks is often of value as well. With this in mind we have provided our quick post release info below to make it easy to cut and paste for sharing with your own social and online media sites. Mahalo in advance for your consideration and support! We look forward to having each of you out to our Waimanalo backyard to kanikapila.

We are very excited to introduce our exciting Hawaiian Music Documentary project and ho’olu komo la kaua, the untold story of the Hawaiian Music Renaissance of the 1970s and 80s, Moea No I Ka Pu‘uwai E Waimānalo, Straight From the Heart of Waimānalo. Part II of our Let’s Play Music video project.

Following the release of this film we will again contract it to PBS for their fundraising purposes in support of the new center they are building on Oahu. PBS has continued to be a major supporter documenting Hawai‘i’s music masters and adding to Hawaiian music archival collections.

We are also introducing our webisode broadcast from Waimanalo monthly. With this, we hope to have as many of Hawai‘i’s musicians young and old come out to the backyard to kanikapila and do extended interviews with our project MC Skylark Rossetti. Content form these sessions will be made available as archives for future generations.

So your contribution to this kickstarter campaign helps to preserve the story of Hawai’i’s pivotal musical generation from the 1970s and ’80s and many of today’s next generation of musicians, makes it possible to create some amazing new music, kanikapila style and supports PBS Hawai‘i.

The contribution of the music of the Hawaiian Renaissance to the social changes underway in Hawai‘i today should not be overlooked. Before dismissing music as “epiphenomenal,” one should at least consider the question of whether it may be of more basic influence as an impetus to social change.

Hawaiian music and dance as the focal point in many cases have been effective in helping to establish a common consciousness and concern with pressing social issues that on the part of Hawaiians can be seen in many areas of life today. By tying these pressing social issues to traditional culture and musical forms, artists have also tied them to the central values and symbols of the Hawaiian people, giving them at the same time cultural legitimacy and emotional urgency. The Honolulu Advertiser remarked in an editorial on March 23, 1982: “A movement which some people dismissed as short-lived and superficial has become well established. My own family’s recordings and Waimanalo sessions have supported and continue to support this goal.

The timing of this project is critical, as recognized through the passing of Dennis Kamakahi shortly after the completion of Let’s Play Music Part I. We cannot begin too soon to record and capture these treasured performers and their beloved music.
The questions is how big can we make it? Although our goal is $65,000, we have an angel investor who has committed to match up to $115,000 if we can raise it. So every dollar counts and is sincerely appreciated.

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Me ka ‘oia ‘i’o a hui hou,


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