Larry grew up in Kailua and Kalihi on Oahu, graduated from Farrington High School, served honorably in the Navy during the Vietnam era and later got his music degree from Leeward Community College. He married a Kalihi girl, sweet Caroline Subia, moved to Hilo on the Big Island and together raised three beautiful children ~ Anthony (Tony), Athena and Andrew. Tony and Rhea Sandico Dupio have two awesome sons, Kainalu and Ali’imalu.
The Big Island of Hawaii holds a special place in his heart because he was able to nurture his talent and won the support of a loyal following. A crowning event was when he earned the 'Keepin the Blues Alive' award from the Hawaiian Blues Society. In Hawaii, Larry had the awesome opportunity to play music alongside these giants in the industry ~ Charlie Musselwhite, Johnnie Johnson, Canned Heat, John Mayall, Ford Brothers, Davy Jones, Johnny Lang, Jessie Collin Young, Commander Cody, Ziggy Marley, David Lindley, Radiators, Papa Michigan and Jimmy Cliff.
The Dupio family also lived in the Pacific Northwest for ten years. Larry was fortunate to be a part of the prestigious Portland music scene and during that time, he won Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues’ contest. He was nominated as ‘Best Guitar Player’ in the Cascade Blues Association’s ‘Muddy Waters’ contest in Portland, Oregon.
The sound of the surf, the smell of the fragrant flowers and the radiant rainbows of Hawaii were beckoning the Dupios back home to Hawaii. Larry is back on the Big Island of Hawaii and his incredible music journey continues.
Larry has recorded four albums thus far ~ LOCAL BOY LARRY DUPIO, ALL FIRED UP, LIGHTNING LARRY DUPIO and his most recent
album, ELIMA. LIGHTNING was a finalist in Hawaii's Na Hoku Hanohano awards in the R&B category. Seven of his songs from the
LIGHTNING album were chosen entries by the different Grammy committees and were placed in six different categories. These seven
songs made it in the first round of voting but not on the final ballot. Go to 'Music" to listen to each entry. ELIMA was again recognized by
the Grammy committees and was placed in eight different categories on the first ballot. Go to https://soundcloud.com/larry-dupio.com to
listen to ELIMA.
Going back into the studio to 'GRAB A GRAMMY IN 2017!" I M U A!
“Larry Dupio holds an associate Degree in Music from Leeward Community College. He has over 25 years experience in the music industry as a performer, band leader, songwriter, recording artist, studio musician, producer and guitar teacher. The winner of many musical awards, Larry is one of the best guitar instructors Hawaii has to offer!”