The Hoopii Brothers
and recordings of Hawaiian singers and musicians
Solomon and Richard Hoopii, also known as Sol and Rick
and the Hoopii Brothers.
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.
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