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Norman Markowitz


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Santa Cruz, California
Post  Posted 14 Mar 2019 12:03 pm    
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Hawaiian music is my preferred listening pleasure. So naturally because of that I am in love with it's use of the steel guitar. One person that seems to have escaped much attention is Kalama Koanui. In this video we see him backing up the great Dennis Pavao. I also have seen some credits with him playing steel guitar with Pandanus Club. Can anyone contribute any more information regarding Michael Kalama Koanui?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1eCB_FgTtU
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 14 Mar 2019 3:05 pm    
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Its great to put faces to these sounds. Visiting Hilo in 1995, I picked up a CD collection of Dennis Pavao's 1980 recordings. Na Mele Henoheno. Michael Kalamaku Koanui features on steel guitar throughout. He contributed tasteful fills, melodic breaks, and masterful harmonic passages, the equal of the best traditional Hawaiian players, which was a credit to the whole band, as the 1980s were not the greatest for Hawaiian music. Micheal also contributed a very smooth rendition of Andy Iona's, How D'ya Do.
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Wally Pfeifer


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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 14 Mar 2019 8:53 pm     Dennis Pavao
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Smile I'm pretty sure I have CDs with Bobby Ingano playing steel with Dennis Pavao.
Wally
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Bill Leff


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Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 7:19 am     Re: Kalama Koanui
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Norman Markowitz wrote:
Hawaiian music is my preferred listening pleasure. So naturally because of that I am in love with it's use of the steel guitar. One person that seems to have escaped much attention is Kalama Koanui. In this video we see him backing up the great Dennis Pavao. I also have seen some credits with him playing steel guitar with Pandanus Club. Can anyone contribute any more information regarding Michael Kalama Koanui?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1eCB_FgTtU


Thanks for making my morning Norm with this clip. Love the song Makee Ilana and it doesn’t get much better than Dennis Pavao.
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Norman Markowitz


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Santa Cruz, California
Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 1:53 pm    
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Aloha Wally. You are right, at least for this one album Bobby was added to existing tracks unreleased by Dennis Pavao, as were the vocal accompaniments of Rai'atea Helm and Amy Hanai'ali'i Gilliom.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Nov/07/il/il15plslandsounds.html
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Jim Newberry


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Seattle, Upper Left America
Post  Posted 16 Mar 2019 7:46 pm    
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I can’t add any information, but thanks for posting this, Norman. Love it.
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Wally Pfeifer


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Post  Posted 17 Mar 2019 5:13 pm     Dennis Pavao
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Very Happy Mahalo Norman,
Bobby had told me that he had added steel later but I didn't realize that the singers were added. And I didn't remember what album it was. Thank you.
Wally
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Kay Das


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Los Angeles CA
Post  Posted 18 Mar 2019 3:38 pm    
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Don't hear much about Kalama Koanui. Is he still playing anywhere? Nice steel guitar!

Kay
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Jeff Au Hoy


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Honolulu, Hawai'i
Post  Posted 18 Mar 2019 6:43 pm    
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I work with Kalama at the Aulani Resort and it's a joy. He's still tearing it up on guitar and steel guitar at the Polynesian and Hawaiian shows.
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Josei Alfonsi


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Hawaii, USA
Post  Posted 2 Apr 2019 11:55 am    
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Here are a couple clips of Kalama playing steel at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Hes playing an 8 string Guyatone tuned to A6. He usually plays a fender dual 6 but one of the pickups went out on him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO7yRbZqpFY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkxZgYuVRDk
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