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Highlights from the music career of Aaron Mahi

Hawaiian music legend Aaron Mahi died Saturday at the age of 70. He served as the bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band for 24 years.

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Niel Hannahs, left, Marian Hannahs, Cathy Foy Mahi and Aaron Mahi at the HHV Coral Ballroom. September 23, 2007.
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Aaron Mahi, left, Marlene Sai and Bill Ka'iwa at the Hawaii Theatre. August 04, 2007.
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Aaron Mahi, a close friend of many in the University Lab Music department, speaks during a healing ceremony on campus conducted near the vicinity of the UH Lab School Fire nearly one month ago. July 6, 2006.
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Aaron Mahi played the piano as Robin Stephens Rohr and twin sisters Nohea Leopoldo and Imiola Gora-Aina of No Hoahanau sang a Prelude Na Mele during Hawai'i International Forgiveness Day. The event was held at Central Union Church and featured entertainment, discussions and awards dedicated to local individuals who have overcome difficult situations with hope, faith and by transcending differences. August 7, 2005.
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Sen. Mazie K. Hirono had her Ceremonial Swearing-In by U.S. Judge Susan Oki Mollway in the U.S. District Court. Immediately following the swearing ceremony was a Sen. Hirono's Blessing of her State of Hawaii Office in the Federal Building by Kahu Aaron Mahi. This is (l-r) Leighton Kim Oshima (her husband), Sen. Hirono and Kahu Mahi during the blessing ceremony in her office. Feb. 19, 2013.
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Royal Hawaiian Band's Aaron Mahi on Feb. 7, 1985.
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Royal Hawaiian Band's Aaron Mahi conducting on July 9, 1989.
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Royal Hawaiian Band bandmaster Aaron Mahi conducting a Friday concert at the Iolani Palace in 1999.
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Royal Hawaiian Band bandmaster Aaron Mahi conducts the orchestra in "Celebrations" at the Radisson Waikiki, Prince Kuhio Hotel on June 27, 2001.
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Aaron Mahi conducted the Royal Hawaiian Band to Aloha Oe at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand on Jan. 16, 2005.
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Aaron Mahi played bass for the Glee Club during the Royal Hawaiian Band concert at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand on Jan. 16, 2005.
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Royal Hawaiian Band bandmaster Aaron David Mahi bids farewell during his final performance with the band on Feb. 13, 2005.
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Left to right: Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui and George Kuo on May 25, 2010.
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Aaron Mahi, left, Peter W. Moon, Cyril Pahinui (seated) and Kawiki Kahiapo at Hawaiian Mission Houses on Oct. 11, 2014.
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St. John Vianney Parish School will hold its fifth annual Breakfast with the Bishop fundraiser Jan. 25. Shown here at 2015’s event are (from left) local celebrities Aaron Mahi, Sweetie Pacarro and Ikaika Anderson, who will prepare and serve pancakes again this year.
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A musical tribute, "Molokai Nui A Hina" was performed by George Kuo, left, Aaron Mahi, and Keoki Maguire during a memorial service for Samuel Alexander Cooke on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Central Union Church.
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A musical tribute, "Molokai Nui A Hina" was performed by George Kuo, left, Aaron Mahi, and Keoki Maguire during a memorial service for Samuel Alexander Cooke on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Central Union Church.
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Aaron Mahi, left, Linda Wong and Danny Keleikini at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Jan. 18, 2015.
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Former Royal Hawaiian Band bandmaster Aaron Mahi and Leon Williams attend the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on July 1, 2023.

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