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Articles, information, and recordings of Hawaiian singers and musicians Solomon and Richard Hoopii, also known as Sol and Rick and the Hoopii Brothers.
Richard Hoopii
Born: March 15, 1941

Solomon Hoopii
Born: March 28, 1935
Died: March 1, 2006



The Hoopii Brothers are an old style Hawaiian falsetto singing duo based on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

In 1996, the Hoopii Brothers were honored by the National Endowment for the Arts for their contribution to perpuating an important cultural art form for future generations to enjoy. They also received $10,000 as part of the Folk Heritage Fellowship award. They also received the Na Hoku Hanohano Hawaiian Music 1997 Group of the Year Award.

Salomon and Richard Hoopii were born in the small town of Kahakuloa in West Maui, and they started performing at a young age in churches and at school. They taught themselves to sing and play ukulele in the old Hawaiian style by listening to the recordings of the old masters. In 1968 they formed their own group and called it the Ho'onanea Serenaders, and eventually they became known as simply the The Hoopii Brothers.

Sadly, Solomon Hoopii died on March 1, 2006, at the age of 70, from complications from diabetes. He had stopped singing in 1999 because of poor health. Sol is survived by his wife Gladys and nine children, five daughters and four sons, 32 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
  • Salomon Ho'opi'i Dies At Age 70 (Honolulu Advertiser)
  • Falsetto specialist Sol Ho’opi’i Dies (Maui News)
    Aloha From Maui
    Aloha from Maui by the Hoopii Brothers LABEL: Mountain Apple
    RELEASE DATE: June 1, 1999
    FORMAT: CD
    INCLUDED ON THIS ALBUM:
  • Ahulili
  • Aloha Wau Ia Oe
  • Aloha Wau Iaoe Reprise
  • Haleakala Hula
  • Hawaiian Cowboy
  • Mapuana
  • My Yellow Ginger Lei

  • Na Pua Ka Ilima
  • Nu Oli
  • Sweet Lei Lehua
  • Sweet Leilani
  • Ua Nani Molokai
  • Wahine Ilikea
  • Wailana/Awaiaulu

  • Ho'omau: to Perpetuate
    Hoomau by the Hoopii Brothers LABEL: The Orchard
    RELEASE DATE: ?
    FORMAT: CD
    REVIEW: 1996 Honolulu Advertiser Review
    INCLUDED ON THIS ALBUM:
  • Alika
  • Come Into My Heart
  • Ei Nei
  • I Alii No 'Oe
  • Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai
  • Koke'e
  • Kupa Landing

  • Maui Girl
  • Meleana E
  • Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
  • Pua Lilia
  • Puamana
  • Telephone To Glory


  • Na Mele Henoheno (1996)
    Na Mele Henheno by the Hoopii Brothers LABEL: Tropical Music
    RELEASE DATE: February 16, 1999
    FORMAT: CD
    INCLUDED ON THIS ALBUM:
  • Aloha Kuu Home I Kahakuloa
  • Aloha La No O Maui
  • Ekolu Mea Nui
  • Hale Iwa Paka
  • Hasegawa General Store
  • Hawaiian Cowboy
  • Hawaiian Rainbow
  • Hawaiian Rough Riders
  • Ho'okipa Paka

  • Kaula Ili
  • Kilakila O Eke
  • Pa'ahana
  • Poli Anuanu
  • Punaluu
  • Ua Noho Wau A Kupa
  • Ulili E
  • Waiomina


  • Articles About the Hoopii Brothers
  • NEA Article About 1996 NEA Heritage Award
  • PBS Richard Hoopii and Led Kaapana Interview
  • Pop Matters Richard Ho'opi'i Profile
  • Slack Key Productions Richard Ho'opi'i Profile

    See also:
  • About Richard Hoopii
  • About Solomon Hoopii
  • Hawaiian Music Artists A to Z



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