HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Entertainers and fans bid a fond aloha to a woman who touched countless lives in the world of Hawaiian music.
Jacqueline Rossetti was best known as “Honolulu Skylark.” She held a career that spanned decades, and helped shape Hawaiian music as we know it today.
Rossetti was an influential broadcaster in the islands.
She died in March at the age of 65 of complications from kidney failure. On Saturday, dozens gathered at the Waikiki Shell to celebrate and remember her life.
She co-founded the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and was named Outstanding Hawaiian Woman of the Year, Broadcaster of the Year, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts.
Those who worked closely with her knew of her kind, caring spirit.
“Hawaiian music really wouldn’t have been where it is today without Skylark. I was blessed to not only know her, but to have been mentored by her and to have worked with her," Ku’ehu Mauga said.
“I wouldn’t have even been in radio without Skylark Rossetti,” he added.
Mauga worked alongside ‘Aunty Sky’ on the Big Island at the local radio station KAPA.
He says she helped fuel so many others to take their careers to the next level.
“Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau who Aunty sky actually helped to get together,” he said. “There are so so many. Uncle Cyril Pahinui who was one of her best friends — anyone and everyone was touched in someway by Skylark Rossetti.”
Rossetti was born and raised on Oahu but eventually moved her children to Hilo where her mother was born so they could live a more country lifestyle.
She is survived by her longtime companion, her three children and six grand children.