[Video] Renowned Hawaiian Musician Cyril Pahinui Remembered
Hundreds honored him for his slack-key legacy as of Hawaiian culture and music.
Cyril Lani Pahinui, April 21, 1950 — Nov. 17, 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Pahinui family
Award-winning musician Cyril Pahinui died in November after a long illness but was remembered in two public ceremonies in January filled with the music he loved.
Cyril’s widow, Chelle, told us that hundreds of people have reached out to the family to send their best and reminisce. The son of Gabby Pahinui, one of Hawai‘i’s greatest musical legends, Cyril is recognized in his own right as a gifted guitarist and singer, remembered for delicate melodies as well as creative improvisation. He toured extensively in the U. S., Europe and Japan, performing twice at Carnegie Hall.
“In one sense it is impossible for me to realize Cyril is gone,” Chelle Pahinui says. “His connection to Hawai‘i, its people and the world makes him still so present. I feel honored and humbled to be in the position to receive and respond to this outpouring of aloha. Cyril was for me, not only a kind and loving husband but a soul mate in the true sense of its meaning.”
HONOLULU magazine broadcast the prelude to Saturday’s services at Kawai‘ahao Church where musicians brought their instruments to honor Pahinui. The celebration of his life continued at the Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikīkī Beach Resort.
The 12th and final year of the Gabby Pahinui Waimānalo Kanikapila is scheduled for April 20, 2019. Next year's event will celebrate Cyril and his efforts to establish this musical day in Waimānalo by rededicating the festival and renaming it the Cyril Pahinui Waimānalo Kanikapila.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a tax deductible donation to Cyril’s Hawaiian Music Masters program at naalehutheatre.org or by purchasing his new CD, Marketplace, at cyrilpahinui.com. Proceeds are donated to the music program in Waimānalo.
Photos and Live Facebook video: David Croxford