Cyril Pahinui performing at the Kani Ka Pila Grille, in Honolulu, earlier this month. (Gillian G. Gaar)
Amid the dropping temperatures, blustery winds and increasing rainfall, Cyril Pahinui is bringing a touch of the Aloha spirit, if not Hawaiian weather, to Seattle this weekend.
Five years ago, the Oahu-based musician and his wife, Chelle, founded the Seattle Slack Key Festival, which returns to Town Hall this Sunday.
“It’s just to give the people on the mainland a treat,” the guitarist explained, speaking from the Kani Ka Pila Grille, the Waikiki restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, where he can be found performing every Wednesday with his trio. “It’s helping to keep Hawaiian culture going.”
The four hour event, which starts at 2 pm, will feature not only Pahinui, but also such acclaimed talents as Palani Vaughan, known for his four album series about Hawaii’s “Merrie Monarch,” King Kalakaua; Roland Cazimero, one half of noted Hawaiian duo The Brothers Cazimero, who have over 30 albums to their credit; and Jerry Santos, known for his work with his band Olomana, as well as his efforts on behalf of water conservation in Hawaii.
“You’re going to get the best of best,” Pahinui said proudly. “Some of these guys you’ve never seen for many years. You can’t go wrong.”