Rene Paulo

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Rene Paulo
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano/keyboards
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Rene Paulo (born in 1930) is an American pianist. Born in the rural district of Schofield,[1] Paulo grew up in Wahiawa, Hawaii. His grandparents on his mother's side were from the Philippines, becoming naturalized US citizens after his grandfather joined the US military. Rene's musical background is in classical music, and he studied briefly at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Lonnie Epstein and Gerald Tracy. He soon branched out into improvisation, listening to jazz pianists such as Art Tatum, Alec Templeton, Fats Waller, Earl "Fatha" Hines, and boogie woogie styles.[2] He is known as "Hawaii's Favorite and Most Famous Pianist"[3] and has been invited repeatedly to perform in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.[4] Paulo played with famous artists like Alfred Apaka, Hilo Hattie, Don Ho and Sandii.[5] He has played music at a church in Kapolei, Hawaii that was founded by Pastor Danny Yamashiro and is the father of cosmopolitan and versatile saxophonist Michael Paulo.[6]


  • Enchanted Garden, Mahalo Records, 1960
  • Rene Paulo Plays in Person , Mahalo Records, 1962
  • Tropical Heat Wave, 1963
  • Whispering Sands, 1964
  • The Best of Rene Paulo, 1995
  • The Best of Rene & Akemi Paulo, 1996
  • Surftides, 2002
  • Waimanalo Moon, 2003


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  2. ^ His work as pianist/arranger for the"Six Joes" in Japan earned him national recognition there and was among the top three pianist/arrangers reference the Japanese "Swing Journal" 1952–1955 [2]
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