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Top 5 favorite Hawaii music artists (ever): HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results

Hawaii_musicWe’ve counted your picks from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll question: Who is your favorite Hawaii music artist? Ever. The top five vote-getters are on the pages ahead.

Your picks specified more than 50 artists, ranging from innovative newcomers with recent hits on pop charts to iconic late artists remembered for setting music trends and recording Hawaii classics in decades past.

Among the runners-up to the top-five vote-getters were beloved late musicians, such as slack-key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, who helped usher in the 1970s sound of the Hawaiian Renaissance — a revival of long-suppressed and neglected cultural identity expressed in music, language, hula and Hawaiian voyaging canoes. There was also singer and ukuele player Aunty Genoa Keawe (pictured, below), famous for her soaring falsetto and a mainstay in the Hawaiian music scene for six decades before she passed away four years ago. 

Among the runners-up you may be able to see performing in Hawaii or elsewhere: singer-songwriter Willie K. (Kahaialii), known for his three-octave range and an eclectic mix of Hawaiian, jazz and early rhythm-and-blues influences. Kahaialii became a force in the Hawaii music scene in the early 1990s. Also on that list, Jack Johnson (pictured, above), who surfaced in the late 1990s as a popular singer-songwriter with folk rock/alternative rock tunes such as Banana Pancakes and Better Together. Mahalo for sharing your favorite Hawaii music artists!Hawaii_music

If you’d like to join in on our next poll and vote, click here then press the “like” button at the top of our Facebook page. Become part of our HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana and you’ll get our “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them. Also, you'll get instant updates on your Facebook wall when we post daily HawaiiMagazine.com stories.

Previous HAWAII Magazine Facebook polls have tallied your takes on everything from favorite hiking trails, scenic lookouts and natural wonders to favorite plate lunch foods, snacks and Hawaii-filmed TV series. (Online links to past poll results are listed on the page 5 of this post.) 

We’ll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the days ahead. OK, here we go. Here’s the top five countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii music artists. Ever. Check out the video clip for each.

No. 5

Brothers Cazimero

The Brothers Cazimero — Robert Cazimero on bass and Roland Cazimero on 12-string guitar —got their start about 35 years ago, during the Hawaiian Renaissance. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts has honored Caz, with more than two dozen Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammys). They have also received individual Na Hoku awards as solo artists. In 2006, they were inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. Robert Cazimero also plays piano as a solo musician and is a kumu hula (hula teacher) for the halau hula (hula school) Halau Na Kamalei. Members of the halau have often performed with Caz as dancers and choral singers.

Video above: "Pua Lilia," by Brothers Cazimero, at the 25th annual May Day Concert (2002).

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