Schatz Statement On Passing Of Willie K

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on the passing of Hawaiian music legend Willie K.

“Rest in aloha, Willie K. I extend my deepest sympathy and aloha to his ohana. With his voice, he bridged blues and Hawaiian, local and mainstream, music and culture. Willie K blazed a trail that redefined music in Hawai‘i and helped other local artists succeed. We will long remember his energetic spirit, his passion, and the music he shared with Hawai‘i and the world. While he will be greatly missed, his music will live on.”