HONOLULU (KHON2) - The Celebration of Life for master slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui will be held at the historic Kawaiahao Church on January 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., with formal services at 12:00. The public is invited to attend.
Musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in kanikapila.
Cyril Lani Pahinui-Kahahawai, born on April 21, 1950, at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu to Philip Kunia Pahinui-Kahahawai and Emily Pulepule Kauha Pahinui, died peacefully on Saturday November 17, 2018, at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.
Cyril Pahinui, the son of one of Hawaii's greatest musical legends, Gabby Pahinui, is recognized in his own right as one of Hawaii's most gifted guitarists and singers, capturing the attention of musicians and audiences alike with his delicate melodies, creative improvisation and striking percussive sound.
Learning music in the traditional way by listening and watching his dad and many of Hawaii's foremost traditional musicians, Cyril developed a unique well-recognized sound that renders an intimate picture of Hawaii, his beloved Island home.
As an internationally roving slack-key ambassador, Cyril toured extensively in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, performing twice at Carnegie Hall.
Cyril taught for seven years at the annual Chet Atkin's Appreciation Society guitar convention in Nashville and extended his love for teaching at worldwide workshops, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands including providing 10 years of free instruction to over 800 elementary and high school students.
Over his long career, Cyril contributed to more than 50 recorded albums, with three receiving Grammy Awards and two others Grammy nominations.
Cyril has also been recognized with 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and in 2014, received the prestigious, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
As a leader in the Hawaiian music industry, Cyril served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific North West Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY) and on the Board of Governors for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA).
In 2012, Cyril received the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship for Music and in support of his teaching, the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award of the First Peoples Fund.
In 2014, Cyril received the Duke's Hookahiko Award, honoring those who, live, exemplify and pass on the traditions of Aloha. Cyril was also honored with the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts, Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest award for traditional Arts in America and in 2018, a Rotary Club of West Oahu, David Malo Award.
Cyril attended Kailua High School and completed his 2 years of military service as a SGT E-5 in the U. S. Army Sec VII Chap 5 Artillery in Vietnam in 1972.
Cyril will receive full military honors at his January 19th services, and his urn eventually will be placed at Puowaina (Punchbowl), Oahu in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Cyril Pahinui is survived by his wife Chelle Pahinui; Daughters Amber Pahinui - Stevens, Andrea Pahinui, Carrie McBurney Wright, Elizabeth MacDonald and Anne Shand; Brothers James "Bla" Pahinui, Phillip Kunia Pahinui; Sisters, Madelyn Coleman and Margaret Puuohau; and 19 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax deductible donation to Cyril's Hawaiian Music Masters program at: www.naalehutheatre.com or by purchasing his new CD, Marketplace, at www.cyrilpahinui.com.
Proceeds are donated to the Music Program in Waimanalo.
Kawaiahao Church is located at 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.