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Dennis Kamakahi

Hawaiian slack crucial guitarist and songwriter Dennis Kamakahi 1st surfaced in 1973 as an associate of ukelele virtuoso Eddie Kamae’s group the Sons of Hawaii, updating guitar legend Pops Gabby Pahinui. Kamakahi’s tenure using the group lasted some 22 years, where time he had written some traditional hulas including “Pua …

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Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Typically the most popular entertainer in Hawaii until his tragic death in 1997, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole formed the original Makaha Sons as an adolescent within the mid-’70s, went by himself in more of the contemporary style from the 1990s, and released four immensely popular recordings before loss of life just after …

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James Bla Pahinui

The next oldest son of influential slack key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, Wayne ‘Bla’ Pahinui has adopted in his father’s footsteps. A forward thinking slack crucial guitarist, in his personal right, Pahinui is well known for his special phrasing. As he described in a middle-’90s interview, “I love to stretch records …

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Gabby Pahinui

Gabby Pahinui helped to lay down the building blocks for Hawaiian slack essential guitar playing. Although he documented only 1 internationally released record, Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Music group, Vol. 1, his impact is still shown in the playing of Hawaiian slack essential players and American guitarists including John Fahey, Leo …

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