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Cyril Pahinui Bio and Photos
Master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

I took this picture of Cyril Pahinui at a slack key guitar workshop he presented the day before he performed at the January 2009 Southern California Slack Key Guitar Festival in Redondo Beach. More photos of that workshop and some Spring 2009 news about Cyril are coming soon.


Cyril Pahinui
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A Few Quick Facts About Cyril Pahinui
  • Birth Date: April 21, 1950
  • Son of the iconic Gabby Pahinui
  • Siblings: 5 brothers and 4 sisters
  • Grew up in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu
  • Married to Chelle Pahinui
  • Played in his father's "The Gabby Band" at age 15
  • Formed his own group"The Sandwich Isle Band" in 1975
  • Joined the Peter Moon and Played on four of their albums
  • Recorded his first solo album in 1988 "Cyril Pahinui"
  • Winner of 5 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
  • Appeared twice at Carnegie Hall
  • Taught guitar at the University of Hawaii
  • Performs solo and with his Pahinui Hawaiian Band
  • Official Web Site: CyrilPahinui.com

    Cyril Pahinui Workshops
    Cyril presented a slack key guitar workshop the day before the January 2009 Southern California Slack Key Guitar Festival and I believe he is scheduled to present another at the 2009 E Hula Mau hula and chant competition in Long Beach, California over the September 2009 Labor Day weekend. For information about Cyril's workshops in Hawaii and other parts of the world keep an eye on the Cyril Pahinui Workshops page on his official Web Site

    Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
  • 1989 - Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album
  • 1995 - Best Instrumental Album
  • 1997 - Ki Ho Alu Award
  • 2000 - Best Instrumental Album (with Bob Brozman)
  • 2008 - Best Island Music Album

    Solo Recordings of Cyril Pahinui
  • 1988: Cyril Pahinui (re-released in 2008) *
  • 1994: 6 and 12 String Slack Key *
  • 1998: Ka Hooilina Mau
  • 1998: Night Moon: Po Mahina
  • 2007: Heeia *

    Duet and Compilation Albums of Cyril Pahinui
  • Four Hands Sweet and Hot (with Bob Brozman) *
  • Masters of Slack Key, Volume 1 **
  • Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Live from Maui **
  • Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

    * Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Album
    ** Grammy Award Winning Album

    Interviews and Articles About Cyril Pahinui
  • Master Guitarist Cyril Pahinui is Back on Track
  • Roots World Cyril and Ledward Interview

    Bios of Cyril Pahinui
  • Official Cyril Pahinui Bio
  • Dancing Cat Cyril Pahinui Profile
  • Bob Brozman's Cyril Pahinui Profile

    Videos of Cyril Pahinui
    John Berger Interviewing Cyril (Star Bulletin)



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