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to drive with him to Seattle to jam at
Tutmarc's home. Hoopii accepted, and
they played into the wee hours that night,
with Tutmarc getting a chance to play
the Rickenbacher and Hoopii taking his
first turn on one of the Audiovox guitars
Tutmarc had been building since '35. A
friendship was born.
In the years that followed, Hoopii's
increasing commitment to Christianity
saw him shift focus from Hawaiian and
pop music to sacred songs. At least 26
tracks cut by the Sol Hoopii Novelty
Four (for Eldee Records) are among
many featuring this Model 6; the tunes
included standards as well as originals
like "Broadcasting For Jesus," "Hawaii
Calls For The Message Of Our Savior,"
and "To You My Lord, Aloha," as well
as island classics such as "Hilo March,"
"Honolulu March," and "Song Of The
Island."
Hoopii's religious devotion meshed
well with the Tutmarc family's lifestyle,
and the star grew comfortable in Seattle.

He eventually married a local named
Anna Hutchinson, and they bought a
house. Before long, Hoopii and fellow
steeler Bud Tutmarc - who for decades
led his church's choirs and orchestra,
and produced gospel concerts around
town - began presenting shows with
Tutmarc leading the band and Hoopii
serving as the main attraction.
Time, though, was catching up with
Hoopii, and diabetes was causing his
eyesight to fail. By mid 1953, he was
adhering strips of white plastic tape to
his Rickenbacher's fretboard because he
struggled to see the fret dots. At a concert
in September, he needed help getting to
his chair onstage. Feeling unwell in the
days that followed, Hoopii sensed his
performing days were done and gifted
the beloved Rickenbacher to Tutmarc.
Solomon Ho'opi'i Ka'ai'ai was just 51
when he passed away in a hospital bed on
November 16, 1953. Three days later, his
funeral was held at the Tutmarc family's
church, Calvary Temple. The following

week, Bud Tutmarc organized a memorial for his friend at Seattle's Masonic
Temple - Hoopii's guitar was displayed
in repose on a stand at center stage.
Tutmarc treasured his friendship
with Hoopii, and for many years after,
he and his son, Greg, looked after Sol's
widow, helping her in every way they
could until her death in 2003. Upon
Bud's passing in '06, Greg inherited
Hoopii's Rickenbacher along with a
concert flyer, Rickenbacker brochure,
string packets, hand-written song
charts, love letters, and more. He
parted with it in 2011.
"My reason for selling Sol's guitar,
which had been in the family for nearly
60 years, was to get it into the hands
of the next generation of Hawaiiansteel enthusiasts to keep Sol's musical
legacy alive into the future," he noted
at the time.
The guitar's new owner is a devoted
Hoopii fan - noted musician and guitar
tech (for Elvis Costello) Tim Mech.

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