Kumu Hula John Lake Passes Away

Published: May. 15, 2008 at 3:56 PM HST|Updated: May. 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM HST
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John Keola Lake
John Keola Lake

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.

Lake was 70 years old.