James Daniel “Bla” Pahinui was born on September 14, 1942, in Waimanalo, O’ahu, the second oldest son of Emily and Phillip “Gabby” Pahinui.
At the age of 10, Bla made his own guitar out of a 2X4 with nails and fishing line.
A year later, his father got him an ukulele.
As a teenager, Bla switched to guitar.
He would go on to be part of the 2nd version of the Sunday Manoa group.
He would also play in the Gabby Pahinui Band.
And he would record a solo recording on Dancing Cat Records.
In 2017, Bla Pahinui was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Today, we’ll share some of our favorite Bla Pahinui music from Sunday Manoa, Gabby Band, & his solo work.
This week's playlist:
1- Ka Moa’e – Sunday Manoa
2- Wai O Minnehaha – Sunday Manoa
3- Uwe Ka Wao – Sunday Manoa
4- Pua Tuberose – Sunday Manoa
5- Sweet Violet – Sunday Manoa
6- Ka’ena – Sunday Manoa
7- Pu’uwa’awa’a –Sunday Manoa
8- Moonlight Lady – Gabby Band
9- Makapu’u Beach – Gabby Band
10- Meleana E – Bla Pahiniu
Length: 52:47 Released on: 01-19-2018 Artist/Compiled by: James Daniel Bla Pahinui