Palani Vaughan

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Palani Vaughan in 2008

Palani Vaughan (May 27, 1944 –December 8, 2016) was a Hawaiian musician. He died on December 8, 2016.[1] During his career, he was a featured artist on Hawaii Calls. KCCN radio included his songs "Ipo Lei Manu", "Ka Mamakakaua", "Eia No Kawika/Kalakaua He Inoa", "He Pua Wehiwa","Ia Oe E Ka La" and "Heeia" among its list of best songs created by Hawaiian artists. He and Peter Moon were founding members of Sunday Manoa. He was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

Vaughan was recognized as an authority on Hawaiian culture, and formed the King's Own musical group as a tribute to King Kalākaua.[2] He was part of the 1985 committee that created the bronze statue of Kalākaua located at the corner of Kalakaua and Kapiolani avenues in Waikiki.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Hawaii Five-O 2nd Mystery Man Episode: "Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever"
1987 Magnum, P.I. Singer Episode: "Forever in Time", (final appearance)


  1. ^ Gutierrez, HNN Staff, Ben. "Hawaiian music legend Palani Vaughan dies at 72". Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  2. ^ a b "About Palani Vaughan". Hawaiian Music History. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "King David Kalakaua – Honolulu, HI". Retrieved February 6, 2017.; "History of the King Kalakaua Statue Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii". Hawaii for Visitors. Retrieved February 6, 2017.