Whitney Houston's Hawaii ties

Published: Feb. 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fans here in Hawaii are stunned by Whitney Houston's death. Radio station 94.7 KUMU honored the entertainer with an hour-long tribute featuring her songs on Saturday night.

"Whitney and I kept in touch throughout the years and I grew in the radio business and she grew in the music business," said Rico Innamorato, host of "The Quiet Storm" on KUMU. "On the one hand, I was shocked by the call and had to pull over and I cried like a baby. On the other hand, to those of us who did keep in touch with whitney through the years, we weren't exactly surprised."

Houston performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Aloha Stadium in 1997. Concert promoter Tom Moffatt had a chance to meet her and said he'll never forget her performance of "I Will Always Love You" from "The Bodyguard."

"I really wanted to get the full feeling of that song. I went all the way to the top of the stadium, so I got there just as she started that song and it was chicken skin. Of all the concerts that I've done at Aloha Stadium that moment stands out," recalled Moffatt.

Houston also had a run-in with the law in the islands in January 2000. She was busted at the Kona Airport after authorities found nearly half an ounce of marijuana in her bag, but Houston and her then-husband Bobby Brown boarded a plane before authorities could arrest her. Charges were later dropped.

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