Patrick “Solo” Pamatigan
“Mai Maka’u i ka hana, maka’u i ka moloa”
Do not fear work, fear laziness.
Patrick Kolomona Pamatigan, known to most as “Solo” came from Heʻeia Kea, Kaneohe. He was born and raised in what he calls a “non musical” family. However, when he was still in elementary school, his dad fixed up an ukulele that his brother found and Solo started playing. Not long after that, his brothers followed and soon enough, they had a “musical”family.
While attending Kamehameha Schools, Solo performed in the Concert Glee Club’s musical combo, talent shows, and family parties. After high school, he began playing with Darrell Lupenui, then later with Danny Naipo in Chinky Mahoe’s group. He and Danny played with Naipo Inc. until both formed a popular group—Tropical Knights. They covered a wide musical landscape of Katchi-Katchi, original and traditional Hawaiian, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Reggae. The group recorded three albums together which included 7 of Solo’s original compositions: 1 Instrumental, 2 island reggae’s, 2 traditional Hawaiian, 1 contemporary song featuring a rock guitar solo and 1 hip hop song, complete with original rap.
Solo continued to work throughout the Waikiki circuit with Marlene Sai and Karen Keawehawaii in the early 80’s, the Hilton Hawaiian Friday Night Show from the late 80’stil early 2000’s—then on to the Mainland and Japan appearances, doing Hula Shows, private engagements, as well as establishing an association with other musicians such as Bernard Kalua, Eddie Palama, Mark Yim, Lem Aweau, Clyde Lono, Kimo Bell, Ryan Tang, and of course, Danny.
Over the last few years, he performed with Danny in the group “Na Kama”, seen regularly with the legendary Waikiki Performers in Mark Yim’s “Pilikia” at the Chart House Waikiki, every Friday night. Through the immense diversity of his background, Solo was able to capture and present to his audience the true island style music that is so identifiable to Hawai‘i and it’s people. He continues to share an understanding and passion for our culture through the wonderful sounds of his music. These are the traits that he brings to Na Mea Ho ʻokani .