HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann sends his condolences to the family of Hawaiian music legend Aunty Genoa Keawe. Mayor Hannemann is a longtime family friend and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.
"I have always looked up to Aunty Genoa as a member of our church and a family friend," Mayor Hannemann said. "As I grew up in her shadow, I experienced her tireless efforts as an entertainer and a leader in the community. Aunty Genoa gave so much to people, especially through her music. She always showed compassion and concern for others. When I visited her in the hospital a week ago, she graciously asked about my health and that of my family."
Mayor Hannemann said Aunty Genoa should be remembered for her kindness and contributions to Hawaiian music, and as a symbol of Hawaii's culture