26 February 2008

"Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe passes away

"Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe passed away yesterday. She was a famous LDS musician, known for her beautiful Hawaiian-style music.  NPR covered this story briefly today.  

Known as the "Hawaiian Lady of Song," she regularly performed at Church events, and many public venues.  Her first claim to fame was her designation as an official performer for the soldiers stationed in Hawaii prior to the second world war.  Until recently she even played every week at the Marriott hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  Aunty Genoa and her music will be missed dearly.  She was just about 90 years old when she passed away at home in Oahu.

Visit her official website (and turn on your speakers to hear the music that automatically plays).

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