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This week marks 8 years since the death of beloved Hawaiian singer Aunty Genoa

Aunty Genoa Keawe (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Aunty Genoa Keawe (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Genoa Keawe died eight years ago this week.

Aunty Genoa, one of the most beloved Hawaiian singers, actually started as a big band singer, but sang a Hawaiian song on a local radio station in order to wish a friend a happy birthday on  the air, and before she knew it, she had a new career.

Her signature tune was "Alika," and the clip we ran Thursday showed the way she sang it, holding one particular note longer than seemed humanly possible. She somehow managed this long after her hair had turned white.

Aunty Genoa's children and grandchildren still perform and the family can be seen weekly at the Waikiki Beach Marriott.

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