Hawaiian Kiho‘alu Master Cyril Pahinui Offers Slack-Key Guitar Workshop

 HONOLULU— Hawaiian Kiho‘alu Master Cyril Pahinui will offer slack key guitar classes at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum throughout 2011. The one-hour classes take place March 21, April 18, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each class costs $40, or $70 for two classes taken on the same day.

Heralded as one of the icons of Hawaiian music, Cyril Pahinui’s technical brilliance and innovative artistry makes him a performer that even the best musicians watch. Pahinui has won two Grammys and numerous Hawaiian music awards. He has performed kiho‘alu, or slack key guitar, around the world.

The term “slack key” refers to the musical style and the way the guitar is tuned. Pahinui teaches slack key tunings developed by the masters of slack key guitar including Atta Isaacs, Sonny Chillingworth, Leonard Kwan and Pahinui’s father, Gabby Pahinui. Students will learn the use of vibrato, harmonics, slurs, harmonies in thirds and sixths, cord-work, legato playing and other musical ideas that have helped create this distinctive guitar sound.

Pahinui’s classes will be taught in the kanikapila style, nana ka maka; ho‘olohe ka pepeiao, which means, “Watch with the eyes, and listen with the ears. Thus one learns.” Students of all levels will be guided through simple exercises and solos to create the “slack key” sound.

About Kiho‘alu Workshops
Where: Bishop Museum, Pākī Hall. When: March 21, April 18, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, 2011. Times: First session 4:30 p.m.-5:30; second session 6:00 p.m.-7:00. Cost: $40 per session; $70 for two sessions on the same day. Cord charts and song sheets will be supplied. Students must bring their own guitar. For more information contact: Cyril Pahinui at or 808-896-1911.

About Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 340,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please visit



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