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Bla Pahinui dies
Hawaii slack key guitar legend Bla Pahinui dies at age 76
Legendary Hawaiian guitarist James “Bla” Pahinui has died at the age of 76. At the age of 11 while in the 6th grade, Bla came to my class for career education, a way to realize most Hawaiian musicians had day jobs. Before he left, he gave me an autograph, signed it to “Big John”.
For those who don’t know, Bla Pahinui went back and forth from being a construction worker to doing city & county maintenance, meaning he could’ve been mowing the grass at parks or scrubbing toilets. His passing comes from having cancer.