Sons of Hawai'i Yesterday
GABBY PAHINUI (CDs on other labels)
Guitar and vocals. Known today throughout the world as a great slack key guitarist and singer, Gabby and Eddie formed the Sons of Hawai‘i in 1959. Gabby was enormously influential in the revival of the Hawaiian slack key style of playing. As a legendary singer and instrumentalist, Gabby was a leading voice in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. He has been called “the folk hero of the Hawaiian music world.”
‘Ukulele and vocals. Eddie Kamae was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1927 and spent all of his life in the Hawaiian Islands and has gone on to distinguish himself as a singer, a musician, a composer, and more recently, as a filmmaker. He has been a key figure in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, which found one of its earliest and strongest voices in The Sons of Hawai‘i, the charismatic band formed in the 1960s where it became known for the authenticity of its feeling and choice of songs, many of which were a result of Kamae’s research into the archives of long-neglected melodies and lyrics. He is recognized as the first well-known performer to systematically seek out the sources and origins of traditional Hawaiian music.
DAVID “FEET” ROGERS
Steel guitar. Feet was a member of the original Sons of Hawai‘i band. He grew up in Kalihi on the island of Oahu. When not performing, he worked as a merchant seaman out of Honolulu. Both his father and his uncle were accomplished steel guitar players. From them he inherited a mellow, full-bodied sound, and a taste for the subtle melodic punctuation that defined his unmistakable style. A master of the steel guitar, Feet remains an inspiration to many.
Bass and vocals. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Marshall was an all-around instrumentalist and a founding member who played with the band for more than 30 years. Known for his “old-time” singing style and his fun-loving manner, he would sometimes play his stand-up bass while sitting down. Joe also performed with Kui Lee, Mahi Beamer, Julian Gaspar, and backed Haunani Kahalewai at Waikiki’s old Biltmore Hotel.
‘Ukulele and vocals. A pure Hawai‘ian whose family comes from the island of Niihau, Keale performed and recorded with the Sons in the early 1970s. He is an accomplished singer and gifted ‘Ukulele player who led his own group, the Moe Keale Trio. He was featured on several television series including the popular television program Hawai‘i Five-O.
REV. DENNIS KAMAKAHI
12-string guitar, banjo, vocals. Dennis is known for his great guitar playing and vocals as well as a member of the Sons of Hawai‘i for over two decades. Those years were filled with life performances, recordings and being part of The Hawai‘ian Legacy Foundation documentaries. As one of Hawai‘i’s most prolific and popular songwriters he has written such standards as: Wahine ‘Ilikea, Pua Hone, and E Hihiwai, chosen as the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Song of the Year. In his solo career he has won Grammys and with his talented son David Kamakahi recorded the soundtrack for Lilo & Stitch.