Charles Kapono Kahahawai, Jr. was born in Kaka’ako, O’ahu, on April 22, 1921, and he passed away at the age of 59 on October 13, 1980.
When he was six years old, he was renamed Charles Philip Pahinui by his hanai parents, Philip & Emily Pahinui.
“Gabby” Pahinui attended McKinley High School until he was 15. Soon, he married Emily Kauha in 1937 and had 13 children.
A professional musician since he was 11 years old, he was an icon who’s free-spirited and unabashed ways endeared him to both young and old.
“Gabby” Pahinui is remembered today as the premier exponent of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.
Today, we’ll celebrate his early recorded legacy with rare recordings from the 1950s.
This week's playlist:
1- Hi’ilawe – Gabby Pahinui w/ Ralph Alapai & Joe Diamond
2- He Ono – Gabby Pahinui w/ Barney, Atta, & Norman Isaacs
3- Ka Anoi – Gabby Pahinui w/ Isaacs brothers
4- Meleana E / Keawaiki – Gabby Pahinui w/ Isaacs brothers
5- Healoha No O Honolulu – Gabby Pahinui w/ Isaacs brothers
6- Pua Lilia – Gabby Pahinui
7- Lei Nani – Gabby Pahinui w/ Sonny Chillingworth
8- Ka Makani Kaili Aloha – Gabby Pahinui
9- Mauna Loa – Gabby Pahinui w/ Eddie Spencer’s Hawaiians
10- I’m Livin’ On A Easy – Gabby Pahinui & Atta Isaacs
Length: 54:02 Released on: 01-31-2014 Artist/Compiled by: Charles Philip Pahinui