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Hawaiian Musical Legend Willie K Loses Battle with Cancer

1:45 AM · May 20, 2020

Hawaiian musical legend Willie K passed away Monday evening, 18 May 2020, at his Maui home following a 2-year battle with lung cancer. He was 59 years old. Willie K (full last name Kahaiali’i) began playing music as a boy. His professional music career took off in the 1990s. Over the years he recorded over a dozen albums under multiple labels, and also worked as a producer, promoter, and actor. Willie K was the winner of multiple prestigious Nā Hōkū Awards and received the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Photo: Willie K. / Facebook

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