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Dennis Kamakahi

Introducing the music of Hawaiian slide guitar master Dennis Kamakahi.

Bio of Dennis Kamakahi
  • Full Name: Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi
  • Goes By: Dennis Kamakahi
  • Birth Date: March 31, 1953
  • Birth Place: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  • His father played trombone in the Royal Hawaiian Band
  • He started playing professionally when he was 16. He and Cyril Pahinui started a group after they left high school called Na Leo O Nuuanu. Cyril Pahinui was in that band with him and the group played together for about two years. They backed up Palani Vaughn in the early to mid 1970's.
  • After Gabby Pahinui left the sons of Hawaii to form his own Band Eddie Kamae asked Dennis to join the Sons of Hawaii. Dennis played with the Sons of Hawaii for about 23 years.
  • His newest group is called Na Oiwi and it features his son, and a contemporary Hawaiian Musician, named Jon Yamasato

    Articles and Reviews
  • Slack Gey Guitar Festivals: Dennis Kamakahi
  • PBS Dennis Kamakahi Interview
  • Roots World Dennis Kamakahi Interview
  • Slackkey.com - Dennis Kamakahi Profile

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    Dennis Kamakahi Productions



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