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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Multi-Hôkû and Grammy Award winner Cyril Pahinui is taking his family's style of Hawaiian music beyond Pahinui circles. Amy Kalili has more.

I'm a grand parent already. I started when I was six, seven years old. Now Iʻm 60 years old. I have six girls and seventeen grandkids. So for me it's just to share.

Cyril Pahinui

Mea Puolo

Mai koʻu wâ kamaliʻi nô kçia a he tûtû i kçia manawa. Pono au e hoʻoili aku.

Ua launa aku nei me Cyril ma Kani Ka Pila Grille ma ka hôkele ʻo Outrigger Reef ma Waikîkî.

We caught up with Cyril at Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Waikîkî Outrigger Reef.

It's always a pleasure and a privilege to play with him.

Peter Moon

Mea Puolo

Maikaʻi wale nô ka hoʻokani me ia.

ʻO Peter Boy, ke keikikâne a ka mea puolo kaulana ʻo Peter Moon, kekahi o nâ mea puolo ʻôpio a Cyril a mâlama a aʻoaʻo nei.

Peter Boy, son of musician Peter Moon, is just one of the young musicians Cyril has taken under his wing.

I love to teach. I love to perform. I love to have young boys to play with me because they going to continue.

(Cyril)

Makemake au e hoʻokani me nâ ʻôpio, no ka mea na lâkou nô e hoʻomau aku.

Uncle is his own guy. He has so much history in Hawaiian music, so much manaʻo, and onstage so much presence and feeling that you can not help but take the opportunity to absorb it and hopefully cultivate it when your time comes.

(peter boy)

Nui ʻino kona ʻike a maʻa wale i ka ʻoihana. No laila, pono au e ʻapo a hoʻomohala i ia ʻike i kçia mua aku.

ʻO ko Cyril makuakâne, ke loea puolo a hoʻokani kî hôʻalu, ʻo Gabby "Pops" Pahiniu, he kumu hoʻohâlike nô no Cyril ma kona ʻano he kanaka a mea puolo pû.

Cyril's father, master slack key artist Gabby "Pops" Pahinui, had a big impact on Cyril's life and his music.

Before he started singing he was a good instrumentalist. I just wanted to know the way he performed, how he did his music. Then when I heard daddy sing and play at the same time wow that was something different you know.

(Cyril)

ʻO ka hoʻokani wale nô, ua mio hoʻi akâ, ma koʻu lohe iâ ia ma ka hîmeni a hoʻokani pû, hô ka nani lua ʻole!

Ma kona hânai ʻia ma ka hale ʻohana Pahinui, puni mau ana ʻo Cyril i ka puolo, ka hoʻokani a hîmeni hoʻi.

Growing up in the Pahinui household, Cyril was always surrounded by music.

(Cyril)

ʻO ka hoʻokani wale nô, ua mio hoʻi akâ, ma koʻu lohe iâ ia ma ka hîmeni a hoʻokani pû, hô ka nani lua ʻole!

Ma kona hânai ʻia ma ka hale ʻohana Pahinui, puni mau ana ʻo Cyril i ka puolo, ka hoʻokani a hîmeni hoʻi.

Growing up in the Pahinui household, Cyril was always surrounded by music.

So my mother was the keyboard player, and we use to go to this church called Ka Makua Mau Loa. We use to go on stage and say our pauku and then we mele and sing our Hawaiian songs.

(Cyril)

Hoʻokani piano ʻo Mâmâ a hele i ka pule ʻo Ka Makua Mau Loa. Hoʻomaopopo au i ke kû, ʻôlelo paukû paipala a mele aku.

For me it's a legacy that I see continue it was my dad's legacy, and that's important because that's my culture, my music, my language.

(Cyril)

He hoʻoilina hoʻi ia welo ʻohana o ka ʻike, puolo a ʻôlelo hoʻi.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaiʻi News Now. Aloha.

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