Hawaii music icon dies

Genoa Leilani Keawe, a singer affectionately known as Aunty Genoa, died Monday in Honolulu at the age of 89.

Keawe, whose signature falsetto won her the title of the Hawaiian Lady of Song, held a prominent place on Hawaii’s music scene since she began her career in the Islands almost 70 years ago.

She was a regular weekly entertainer at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa for more than a decade and performed there just three weeks before her death.

Keawe was known throughout the world, having performed across Asia and in Canada, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland and many U.S. mainland cities.

 

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