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    Default R.I.P. Pekelo Cosma

    I've not yet found additional confirmation or other details yet, but a source on TaroPatch.net is reporting that Hawaiian musician Pekelo Cosma has died.

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    Yes, he died of heart failure this morning at his home on Maui. Way too young.
    I had the extremely good fortune to have played with him at a few shows and slack key festivals. It was fascinating how very much his voice sounded exactly like Gabby Pahinui. Get Pekelo to play "Hi`ilawe" and close your eyes, and BOOM it was Gabby.
    Those of you not familiar with him, check out his stuff on YouTube.
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    Today's Maui News had this blurb -

    Pekelo Cosma, a master of slack-key guitar and a Hawaiian music composer, has died.

    Family members confirmed Cosma, 51, died of heart failure at around 6 a.m. Wednesday at his home in Makawao.

    Cosma, a past Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, had received a Ki Ho'alu Foundation Legacy Award in May. He was born in Hana, and known as a strong supporter of the Hana community.



    I was honored to have worked with him on this CD from the 1993 Northwest Folklife Festival; I produced the radio broadcasts from which the album was made.

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Pekelo Cosma

    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    I had the extremely good fortune to have played with him at a few shows and slack key festivals. It was fascinating how very much his voice sounded exactly like Gabby Pahinui. Get Pekelo to play "Hi`ilawe" and close your eyes, and BOOM it was Gabby.
    Those of you not familiar with him, check out his stuff on YouTube.
    Okay, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ZJQPYUeVM . He's playing in his hometown of Hana with the Brown family, doing "Hi`ilawe". Every now and then the person taking the video sings along; sorry about that. But for the most part, it's Pekelo being Gabby-ish.
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    And just like Pops, he's gone too soon.

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Pekelo Cosma

    Oh, this is too sad. So young. So talented. Aloha, Mahalo for your gift and RIP.

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Pekelo Cosma

    Almost two and a half days after he passed, the Star-Advertiser finally posted this "Breaking News" a little after 3pm today.

    Two and a half days?!? And they call it "Breaking News"?!?
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