"the other bucket"
Because I follow Hawaiian music carefully, I have seen two people play pakini bass. My legal residence has been Hilo since I moved to Hawaii in 1968, but I worked weekdays in Honolulu for 20 years. My late landlord played pakini bass with a senior group that was good enough to play lunch shows in Waikiki. The instrument consisted of a washtub (which might not be the same as a bucket) placed upside-down, an attached rope, and a stick if my memory is correct. Also, when Ledward Kaapana had a regular gig at Kapono's in the early 2000's, a friend of his would sometimes join him playing pakini bass. I guess that this means my two references to pakini are from Oahu. My landlord was in his late 80's and early 90's and of Chinese heritage. The friend was probably in his 50's or 60's, ha`ole and possibly with military roots.
Thank you for asking. I am honored.
Mahalo for replying, Bob! But I have a follow-up question for you. You've identified groups (Kaapana mā & Pavao are all from Kalapana) who had someone playing the pakini bass, but I'm interested in how you know the term. Did you hear people talking about a "pakini bass"? Did you ever see the term in writing, as in a newspaper? Did you ever hear the word in any other context, especially being used by a speaker of Hawaiian? The word does not appear in any Hawaiian dictionaries, but people of our generation recognize it as referring to a musical instrument.
E kala mai. Just being nīele, but besides referring to the instrument, I've only heard of one native speaker from Lahaina who used the word as a synonym of pākeke. And you're right, the pakini bass that I remember all used a washtub because it had more resonance than just a bucket.
Both Ledward Kaapana from Kalapana and Bernard Kalua from the Keaukaha area of Hilo affirmed using the pakini bass. Bernard added that their pakini served double duty: as a part of a pakini bass and as the washtub they might use for some laundry. The ulukai website did not seem to have the word pakini, but a large Hawaiian dictionary did.