Willie K. passed away last night after a battle with lung cancer. One of Hawaii’s greats. I liked his music, although I didn’t listen to him specifically. He was always definitely in the mix of the Hawaii backdrop music I did listen to. When news broke that he was stage 4, I wanted to go see him live at Blue Note Hawaii while he was still performing. But as soon as I made that decision to do so and started looking for tickets, he abruptly stopped performing as his illness got aggressive and he had to stop.
Aloha Willie K., your music will live on.