Tommy Kahi

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Tommy Kahi Band
Rosemary Kahi (Vocals), Unknown Pianist, Tommy Kahi (Pedal Steel Guitar), Peter Ward (Drums), Tangi Williams (Guitar) and George Williams (Bass)

Tommy first came to New Zealand in 1950 with a Polynesian Variety Group.  His career in music spanned more than sixty years, and he was awarded The Queen's Medal for community service, in regocnition of his having devoted his lifetime to perfroming and teaching music.  Tommy's house on Marine Parade was the venue for the start of many a musical career.  The Tommy Kahi Band played at the North Beach Memorial Hall in the 1950s - the so-called North Beach Hop.  Tommy's wife Rosemary Kahi had a beautiful voice and they were< a well-konown feature on Radio 3YA./p>