Musicians Famous Guitarists from Hawaii

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Hawaii, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Hawaii are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Hawaii guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Hawaii?" and "Who are famous Hawaii guitarists?"
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Hawaii
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Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the folk rock, soft rock, and acoustic rock genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs, and surfing movies/soundtracks. Johnson is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival. Notable songs from Johnson's repertoire include "Upside Down"; "Flake"; "I Got You"; "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"; "If I Had Eyes"; "You and Your Heart"; "Taylor"; "Better Together; "Good People"; and "Breakdown." ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: North Shore, Hawaii, United States of America

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King Benny Nawahi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Hawaii
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"King" Bennie Nawahi was an American steel guitar master from Hawaii, well known throughout the United States in the 1920s and 30s. Celebrated as a virtuoso during his lifetime, his body of work has not garnered the accolades from later generations as have other Hawaiian musical stars of the era. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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Philip Kunia Pahinui was a slack-key guitarist and singer of Hawaiian music. Gabby was born Philip Kunia Kahahawaii Jr. and later hānai into the Pahinui family as Philip Kunia Pahinui and raised in the Kaka'ako area of Honolulu in the 1920s. It was impoverished at the time, very much resembling a shanty-town with small cluttered buildings and tin roofs falling apart. He spent his childhood supporting his family by selling newspapers and shining shoes. He dropped out of school after 5th grade at Pohukaina School. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States, + more

Guitars Played: Steel guitar, Bass guitar, Twelve string guitar, classical guitar

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Andy Iona was an American musician and one of Hawaii's most influential musicians. He was a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist, and steel guitarist. He went to the Kamehameha School for Boys. He was also educated at Henri Berger's Private School of Music in Honolulu. He was a member of the radio station KHS staff orchestra. He went on to form his own group called Andy Iona and his Islanders, which mixed traditional Hawaiian melodies with American swing; the band appeared in films, hotels, and theatres, and on records. He composed songs for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers after joining in 1940, and recorded the music for two Soundies in 1941. Long toured ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Hawaii County, Hawaii, + more

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