Honolulu Says Aloha to Another Legend

Aunty Genoa Keawe at Ma'e Ma'e Elementary School in May of 2007Genoa Keawe, that’s Aunty Genoa Keawe to most who knew her, passed away yesterday, Monday, February 25th. She was 89 years old.

KHON Channel 2 put together a nice tribute to her that explains her life and career.

In spite of it all, Aunty Genoa’s memory and all of the music she left behind will live on for decades.

Someone that I would have called a living legend, Genoa Keawe, will be remembered for her many contributions and influence on Hawaiian music, culture and the entertainers that followed after her. I will also venture to say that her work will continue to act upon the entertainment industry for at least several more decades.

This snippet from The City and County of Honolulu News and Events, released yesterday, quotes Honolulu’s Mayor who sums it up quite nicely:

Mayor Hannemann said Aunty Genoa should be remembered for her kindness and contributions to Hawaiian music, and as a symbol of Hawaii’s culture.

‘Aunty Genoa was an icon in the Hawaiian music scene for more than 50 years, and her signature falsetto voice and tremendous repertoire captivated audiences everywhere,’ Mayor Hannemann said. ‘She was a true island treasure who served as an important resource for scores of local musicians.’

The choir of angels just acquired a very powerful soprano! Rest in peace, Aunty, while your music and memory live on! Every Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, and in Heaven now too!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dee // Feb 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    What a loss to Hawaii and all of us, luckily her music will go on. Condolensces to her family!


  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Good point, Dee. I often wonder how much music is lost each time we upgrade to a different type of recording media. We keep advancing — from 8-tracks to cassettes to CD’s to DVD’s to IPods to computers and on and on an on. Yes, they preserve the big names, but, what about the small artists that bring back memories for so many?

    Napster was good for that but they killed that as much as they could. Just a thought.

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