"His talent, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life," a biography on his website says.
Pahinui worked his way through the entertainment scene in early Hawaii. As a young man, he performed in clubs and cafe's, eventually establishing himself as one of the best self-taught musicians at the time.
In his later years, kanikapila, or jam sessions, became a regular occurrence at Pahinui's Waimanalo home.
To honor his legacy, the 10th annual Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila will be help on Saturday May 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Waimanalo Beach Park.
The free event will include musicians, hula performances, food booths and arts and crafts vendors.