HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii lost the great guitarist and entertainer Willie K Monday night.
From fellow musicians, to political figures and fans, tributes to the legendary musician are pouring in.
“He was just phenomenal, man. I would just watch his fingers go, man, and I would just be amazed,” longtime friend Kelly Boy Delima of Kapena said.
Amy Hanaialii Gilliom collaborated with Willie K on a number of songs.
“He’s definitely showed me a whole other world of entertainment. You know, there’s an entertainer and then there’s a showman, there’s two different components like apples and oranges,” she said. "I’m very grateful the time I had with him because it really opened my musical mind up to there’s no set path, there’s not cookie cutter. You just do it.
Gov. David Ige expressed his condolences and echoed the loss Hawaii feels.
“Willie K was a unique talent whose huge voice effortlessly ranged from Hawaiian music and the blues to opera – all in one performance. Recognized locally and nationally, his songs touched our hearts. Dawn and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Gov. David Ige said.
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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino remembered Willie’s positive attitude despite challenges he faced.
“Willie remained positive as he fought cancer bravely for two years, still choosing to perform and entertain fans even while ill,” Mayor Victorino said. “He was generous with his time and immense talent that spanned musical styles from Hawaiian to rock, to blues and opera.”
“Joycelyn and I extend our prayers and deep sympathy to Willie’s family, friends and countless fans and admirers. We mourn a great loss for our community. He will truly be missed but never forgotten.”
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