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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.

List features items like Jack Johnson and Bob Shane.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Hawaii?" and "Who are famous Hawaii guitarists?"
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    Jack Hody Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. Johnson has reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010 and From Here to Now to You in 2013. His album In Between Dreams peaked at number two on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.Johnson is active in...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: North Shore, Hawaii, United States of America

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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
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Philip Kunia Pahinui (Hawaiian pronunciation: [pɐhinui]; April 22, 1921 – October 13, 1980) was a slack-key guitarist and singer of Hawaiian music. Born into a struggling family, Gabby was born Charles Kapono Kahahawai Jr. and later hānaied with his brother and one of his sisters to Philip and Emily Pahinui and raised in the impoverished district of Kaka'ako in Honolulu in the 1920s ("all tin roofs and kinda 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
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Guitars Played: Steel guitar, Bass guitar, Twelve string guitar, classical guitar
  • Andy Iona (born Andrew Aiona Long, January 1, 1902 – November 9, 1966) 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,...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Waimea, Hawaii, United States of America