By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU (AP) - Longtime Hawaii sports writer Bill Kwon, who covered generations of golfers from Arnold Palmer to Michelle Wie, has died. He was 81.
Kwon's friend and former colleague Ann Miller says he passed away Wednesday at a Honolulu nursing home where he had been living for about a year. She didn't know his cause of death.
Kwon worked at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1959 through 2001. He later wrote a golf column for The Honolulu Advertiser.
Former Associated Press Honolulu bureau chief Gordon Sakamoto says Kwon was "a terrific writer, great writer - but a better friend."
Former Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Associated Press reporter Jaymes Song says Kwon was so well-connected in Hawaii that he could get any story and any scoop. He called Kwon "a great newspaperman."