Guitarist James Danie Pahinui, “the greatest left-handed slack key guitarist of his generation,” has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 76, according to the Star Advertiser.
Pahinui, who was known as “Blah,” “replaced his younger brother, Cyril Pahinui, as a member of the Sunday Manoa and made his debut as a recording artist on the group’s second album, “Hawaiian Time.”
He joined his father, Cyril and two other brothers, Philip and Cyril, in recording a series of highly regarded albums in the 1970s, and followed them with several solo albums in the 1980s.
“He recorded a single album with Cyril and Martin in 1992, and several solo albums after that— including two for George Winston’s Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters series.
“Several solo projects followed, two of which were part of George Winston’s Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters series. In 2016 he came full circle, releasing an album of rock ‘n’ roll classics as the leader of quartet named Big Knife.”
He was awarded the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.