Let’s Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends

Let’s Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends

2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winning Film

Flanked by the steep Koʻolau mountains and the blue serenity of the Pacific waters, the humble town of Waimānalo has long been a gathering place for the best of Hawaiian music. It was here that Gabby “Pops” Pahinui held his famous backyard jam sessions. Despite no formal musical training, this virtuoso seamlessly blended a multitude of genres with Hawaiian melodies to develop a distinctive style that persists today.

A generation of aspiring and acclaimed musicians flocked to the humble town of Waimānalo to sit, listen, and learn from the master of kī hōʻalu (slack key). The impromptu and informal gatherings was a creative outlet far from the demands of the Waikīkī showroom stages. It was in this intimate, low key setting that some of the most well known musicians and songs emerged.

Let’s Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends celebrates the music and legacy of Gabby “Pops” Pahinui who spread the unique melodies and rhythms of Hawaiian music across the globe. Through his mastery of ‘ukulele, kī hōʻalu (slack key), or guitar, this virtuoso continues to influence generations of musicians who fondly reminisce of many impromptu backyard jam sessions at the Pahinui home.

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  1. Patsy Benfield aka Pupule Paki 10 years ago

    Mahalo nui loa for the beautiful film. Oh how I wished I could have been around to meet Gabby.
    His music & soul are so strong in his legacy. I love his music & all those who have seen fit to carry on it’s beauty, love of life & sharing of the feelings of Hawaii & it’s ohana. Uncle Cyril you are so right to teach & share his gifts. Long live Hawaiian music & soul! You have my vote for the video……..it is precious to those of us who admired Pops & his love of life & his heritage.

  2. Dr. Eric Gruver 10 years ago

    This is fantastic!
    Thank you so much.

  3. Thora Kaleieha Hart 10 years ago

    Been away from home too long. This brings tears to my eyes.

  4. Victoria Adams 2 years ago

    So enjoyed watching and listening to this. Mahalo to all♥️

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