Punahoa, Fred

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Punahoa, Fred Gender: M
Fred Punahoa Konanui
born on 25 April 1919 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Kau, Hawaii, 19n19, 155w25
Timezone HST h10w30 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 05°02' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 10°55 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°08'


American Hawaiian musician and slack key guitar player nicknamed "Uncle Fred". Only two of his recordings are known to exist but he remains one of the most influential slack key artists of all time.

His legacy as a teacher can be attested to by such prominent students as Ledward Kaapana and Sonny Lim, both now-famous slack key guitarists who credit Uncle Fred as a primary teacher and inspiration.

The only known recordings of Uncle Fred consist of two songs from the 1974 Waimea Music Festival CD, which were given generic titles on the track list but have since become known as "Mauna Loa Slack Key", and "Punahoa Special". These songs are now standards in the slack key cannon, covered by Led, Sonny Lim, Makana, Nick Borho, and many other slack key guitarists.

Fred Konanui died on 10 March 1985 at age 65.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate ("Kapeliela Konanui", son of Punahoa Konanui and Helia Kaua).


  • Traits : Body : Race (Native Hawaiian)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Slack key guitarist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher