Hawaii celebrates the life of Robert Kekaula — a man of sports, news and music

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Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 2:48 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 3:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the announcement of Robert Kekaula’s death, members of Hawaii’s community flooded social media with messages of love and memories to celebrate the life of one of the state’s legendary sportscasters.

Best-known for his endearing personality and iconic reports sporting aloha shirts, many across the islands relied on Kekaula for the latest in sports news.

“For as long as I can remember, Robert Kekaula was of those people who was just a presence in everyone’s lives and homes. A real legend,” said Sarah Emerson on Twitter.

Along with his long career as a sports reporter at multiple local news stations, Kekaula was also known as “the voice of University of Hawaii sports.” He was often seen giving play-by-plays for football games.

Kekaula’s passion for sports was widely seen and appreciated by many in Hawaii.

His enthusiasm as a sports reporter also spread farther than the islands, with his huge and infectious personality even reaching those on the mainland.

Aside from his career in sports, Kekaula was also an avid lover of Hawaiian music.

He not only loved it but also recorded three albums: “Kanak Attack,” “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “‘Bout Every Day People.”

Kekaula also had his own production company called “A Guava Ding Thing.” Two releases from his recording label garnered multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

In the Hawaii music community, Kekaula was especially close to groups like the Manao Company, Kapena and many of the groups of the 1990′s. He also produced his daughter, Tiera’s solo releases

Although a Hawaii icon in sports, news and music has passed away, the memory of Kekaula’s work will continue to inspire and live on.

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