Kaala Boys musician arrested in Aiea fatal hit-and-run

Yodeler from Kaala Boys arrested in Aiea fatal hit-and-run
Brandon Kishida (provided by friend)
Brandon Kishida (provided by friend)
Makeshift memorial where Kishida was killed (image: Hawaii News Now)
Makeshift memorial where Kishida was killed (image: Hawaii News Now)

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police arrested a Hawaiian musician Sunday night in connection with the fatal hit-and-run in Aiea over the weekend.

George "Keoki" Van Blyenburg was arrested at 10:15 p.m. for failure to render aid and second-degree negligent homicide. He was subsequently released, pending an investigation.

The 42-year-old is the composer, ukulele player, lead vocalist, and yodeler for the Kaala Boys.

Police say Van Blyenburg was heading mauka-bound on Aiea Heights Drive around 3:45 p.m. Saturday when he veered off the road and slammed into 42-year-old Brandon Kishida.

Friends of Kishida described him as kind and outgoing, always willing to lend a helping hand. That's exactly what he was doing on Saturday when he was killed.

He'd met an elderly woman at the swap meet on offered to help her with her yard.

"Brandon, I'm so sorry that happened! I'm so sorry! I'm so sorry!" said the woman, who goes by "Michi."

The 71-year-old said Kishida offered to help her -- and came through on his promise.

"We start talking and he was so nice. So reason why I like him is because he cuts the grass at his grandma's house all the time. So to me, cutting the grass, taking care of grandma, everybody nice," she said.

Records show Van Blyenburg has two prior arrests, including abuse and driving under the influence. Records also show he has a history of traffic violations, several of which include speeding.

The Kaala Boys' booking agent did not respond to requests for comment.

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