HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Kumu Hula Great John Lake has died.
Lake passed quietly in his hospital room Thursday morning surrounded by family and friends after a five year battle with cancer.
Lake was a language teacher and resident Kumu Hula at St. Louis School.
He earned the distinction of "Living Treasure of Hawaii`I" and most recently "Educator of the Year" by the native Hawaiian education association.
Funeral arrangements are being made and information will be released to the public.