Sunday, May 24, 2020

Uncle Willie K

This past Monday, Hawaiian music legend Uncle Willie K passed away from his battle with lung cancer. Willie Kahaiali‘i was known for vocally venturing into opera, rock, and blues, besides playing Hawaiian music, as well as an excellent ‘ukulele and guitar player.

Today's photo was taken during his rehearsal with the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warrior Marching Band for his halftime performance of his hit song, "Kachi Kachi Makawao" on October 20, 2018 (Nevada Wolf Pack v Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors). Uncle Willie also had a stirring performance  of the Star-Spangled Banner and Hawai‘i Pono‘ī in the pregame festivities.

I had the privilege to produce the video for the 2016 ‘Ohana Cup Rugby Festival Concert, which Uncle Willie headlined. It was an amazing performance, as showed his vocal, guitar, and ‘ukulele virtuosity.

We send our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Uncle Willie's ‘ohana. Heaven gained a great singer and musician.

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