Kane, Raymond (Kaleoalohapoina‘oleohelemanu )
- J.W. Junker
(b Koloa, Kauai, HI, Oct 2, 1925; d Honolulu, HI, Feb 27, 2008). Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer. Kane was one of the first masters of Hawaiian slack key guitar to give solo concerts, tour extensively, and teach students from around the world. He was an effective ambassador for the style, with simple but deeply emotive material and an extroverted personality.
He was born into a large musical family though his mother and adoptive father did not perform. In 1934 Albert Kawelo taught him the rudiments of slack key in exchange for fish. Kane was never a virtuoso in the same sense as Gabby Pahinui and others. He tuned to his voice and did not improvise except within strict parameters. His repertoire consisted of original compositions and arrangements. He normally picked with only thumb and index finger, but his sound was rich, flowing, and smooth as on his signature tune “Punahele.” He sang with a distinctive low-pitched growl....