This year’s Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila had a special meaning as his son Cyril, a regular participant, couldn’t make it Saturday as he is recovering from recent lung surgery.
“You know, it’s the legacy continues,” said family friend Skylark Rossetti, “and you see it by Cyril’s students who are on the stage, you see it by the Pahinui ohana, carrying on the legacy of Gabby Pahinui.
“Unfortunately, his lung had more issues than we had thought. The CO2 built again, so they had to put him back in ICU, but he’s so strong. We had a chance to talk with him earlier today and he sent his love and aloha to everyone, so we know that he’s well-loved and he’s here in spirit,” Rossetti said.
The 9th annual event at Waimanalo Beach Park honors the legendary slack key guitarist and is a gathering of musicians to celebrate and perpetuate Hawaii’s unique musical identity. The park is located near the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead community where Pahinui lived with his family.