Willie K

Willie K. sings his rendition of "O' Holy Night" during the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl on Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium. 

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician and Maui native William Awihilima Kahaiali’i, best known as "Willie K" died on Monday night surrounded by his family and friends.

"Thank you to EVERYONE for all the love, support and prayers you have given," his family wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. 

In 2018, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but continued singing. 

He also made performed at University of Hawai'i football games. In 2018, he wowed the audience with his rendition of the national anthem. 

Willie K won 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards during his music career. His accolades include multiple album of the year awards, Male Vocalist of the Year and Most Promising Artist. 

Some of his iconic songs included “You Ku’uipo" and “Katchi Katchi Music Makawao." 

His family said a celebration of life will be announced later. 

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