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A Tribute to Dennis Pavao: 1951-2002

Articles and information about virtuoso Hawiian falsetto singing artist Dennis Pavao. Dennis was born in 1951 and he died on January 18, 2002 at age 50.

Facts About Dennis Pavao
  • Birth Date: 1951
  • < Birth Place: Kalapana, Maui
    Died: January 18, 2002 at age 50
    Family: Wife Leialoha and 10 children
  • Founded Hui Ohana with the Kaapana brothers
  • Sang at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1996.
  • Inducted into Falsetto Hall of Fame in 2006

    Was Musical Director of the Tihati production of "Drums of the Pacific" at the Hyatt in Kaanapali.

    Founded Hui Ohana with twin brothers Nedward and Ledward Kaapana. They recorded more then ten albums together and toured extensively. The group broke up after about seven years, and Dennis Pavao went on to have a very successful solo recording career. He won the Male Vocalist of the Year Hoku award for his first album.

    Inducted into the Hawaiian Falsetto Music Hall of Fame on October 13, 2006 at the Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest in Waikiki.

    Dennis Pavao Artocles and Tributes
  • Curtis Lum's Honolulu Advertiser Tribute
  • John Burger's Honolulu Star Bulletin Tribute
  • Liz Janes-Brown's Tribute
  • Rich Shipley's Description of the Service
  • Mountain Apple Dennis Pavao Page

    Recordings of Dennis Pavao

    The Golden Voice of Hawaii, Volume 1
    Released: 2004
    Label: Kapa Kuiki Records
    Award: 2005 Hoku Winner - Male Vocalist

    Keiki Kupuna
    Released: May 25, 2004 (after Dennis died)
    Label: Mountain Apple

    Sweet Leilani
    Released: May 20, 1997
    Label: Pilialoha Records

    Wale No
    Released: May 20, 1997
    Label: Pilialoha Records

    All Hawaii Stand Together
    Released: February 1999 (originally March 1, 1995)
    Label: Tropical Music (original label?)

    Na Mele Henoheno: Dennis Pavao
    CD Release: February 16, 1999
    Original Release: March 29, 1995
    Label: Tropic Music (Ooiginal label?)
    Award: Anthology of the Year Hoku in 1993

    Hawaiian Soul
    Award: Traditional Hawaiian Album category in 1989
    Note: Not availabloe at Amazon.com

    Ka Leo Ki`eki`e
    Released: April 8, 2003 (re-issue of original recording)
    Label: Tropical Music (original label?)
    Notes: This was Dennis Pavao's first solo album and it won him a "Male Vocalist of the Year" Hoku award in 1987.

    See also:
  • Male Hawiian Falsetto Singers
  • Female Hawiian Falsetto Singers
  • Hawaiian Music Artists A to Z



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