Bands/Musicians The Best Hawaiian Bands/Artists  

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Hawaiian artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good hawaiian bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top hawaiian bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Hawaiian groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all hawaiian bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest hawaiian bands of all time, since the most famous hawaiian artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best hawaiian music.

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The Brothers Cazimero are a Hawaiian musical duo made up of Robert Cazimero on bass and Roland Cazimero on twelve string guitar. Robert also plays piano as a solo musician. The Cazimeros got their start during the Hawaiian Renaissance with ukulele and slack-key guitarist Peter Moon's band, The Sunday Manoa, on their first recording, Guava Jam. Since that time, The Brothers Cazimero have released at least 36 recordings and three DVDs. For three decades, the group performed at the annual Lei Day Concert. The Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts has honored the Cazimeros with 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Robert and Roland have also received individual Hoku Awards as solo artists. The Cazimeros' ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Hawaiian

Albums: Hawaiian Paradise, Hawaiian Hula Eyes, Destiny, The Brothers Cazimero: Volume 2, Destination Paradise, + more

Labels: Mountain Apple Company, Music of Polynesia

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Gabby Pahinui


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

Genres (Music): Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

Albums: Rabbit Island Music Festival, Gabby Band, volume 2, Gabby, The Best Of Hawiian Slack Key, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Hula Records, Bell Records, Panini Records, Waikiki Records, Aloha Records

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Beamer Brothers


Genres (Music): Hawaiian

Albums: The Best of Keola & Kapono Beamer, Honolulu City Lights, Hawaii's Keola and Kapono Beamer, Hawaii Then and Now, Tahiti Holiday, + more

Labels: Paradise Productions, Tantalus Records, Music of Polynesia

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The Mākaha Sons of Ni‘ihau are a popular Hawaiian musical group. They originated on the leeward side of Oahu. In 1976, the Mākaha Sons of Ni‘ihau began their professional career with five members, as an opening act in a small nightclub known as "Uptown Yokos." The group has reorganized several times, with some members seeking other professional careers. After the deaths of the Kamakawiwoʻole brothers, Skippy and internationally known Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, the remaining members dropped the "of Niihau" and now are known as the Makaha Sons, a trio of singers consisting of Louis "Moon" Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar. The ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Music of Hawaii, Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

Albums: Golden Hawaiian Melodies, Na Mele Henoheno Na Makahiki Mua^! helu 'ekahi, Na Mele Henoheno^! Volume 2: Na Makahiki Mua-Helu Elua, Kuikawa, Ho'oluana, + more

Labels: Poki Records

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