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Willie K

The release of Awthilima: Reflections, in 2000, marked a return to traditional Hawaiian music by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Willie K. (born Willie Kahaiali'i). The son of influential Hawaiian musician Manu Kahaiali'i, Willie K. had previously played an essential role in the development of contemporary Hawaiian music. Equally inspired by jazz, blues, and R&B, he had provided a modern twist to the traditional sounds of his homeland. Raised on the island of Maui, Willie K. became a musical veteran at an early age. Performing, along with his brothers, in his father's band, at the age of ten, he played with a lengthy series of high school groups, often appearing simultaneously with as many as eight bands. Temporarily moving to San Francisco with hopes of launching a career as a musician, he returned to Maui after a few years. Although his first three albums were highly successful, receiving Na Hoku Hanohano awards (Hawaii's equivalent of a Grammy) from the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts, his next two releases on the Round Island label were disappointing. Willie K. was much more successful as a producer on three albums for Amy Hanaiali'i, winning two awards as Producer of the Year and helping Hanaiali'i to win awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocalist, Song of the Year, and Hawaiian Album of the Year. During breaks from producing a new album for Hanaiali'i, he worked on his own Christmas album, Willie Kalikimaka. The album, which included a duet with Willie Nelsonof "Away in a Manger," was the biggest-selling Christmas album in 1999 and topped the worldbeat charts compiled by Billboard. Willie K., who continues to perform every Monday night at Hapa's Nightclub in Kihei, Maui, released a greatest hits retrospective, The Uncle in Me in 2000. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Warehouse Blues

1. Warehouse Blues

2. Too Bad

3. Crazy It Seems

4. Spin U Around

5. Heart Aching Blues

6. Driving Miss Daisy

7. Howling At The Moon

8. Easy Little Baby

9. Nasty Thing

10. Lonely Man

11. World Singing The Blues

12. Good Thing

13. Sweet Loving Woman

14. Hookline

15. Roll Me Over

16. Let The Good Times Roll

17. Give It To Me

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Track List: The Uncle In Me Volume 2

1. I Love You

2. My Ku'ulei

3. Ho'onanea

4. Koi

5. Wai Ulu

6. Los Hawaiianos

7. Nui Papa

8. U'ilani E

9. Honey Girl

10. One More Time

11. Hawaiian Pride

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Track List: The Uncle In Me

1. You Ku'uipo

2. I Will Dance For You

3. My Moloka'i Woman

4. Good Morning

5. Katchi Katchi Music Makawao

6. Ho'okipa Surf Song

7. Here's My Heart

8. Spirits In The Wind

9. Waterfall

10. Love And Desire

11. North Shore Reggae Blues

12. Appleberry Hill

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Track List: Awihilima: Reflections

1. Lu`Au Hula

2. Ke `Ala O Ka Rose

3. Pa Mai Ana Ka Makani

4. Pipi Kiwi Nui

5. Fireman's Hula

6. Noe Noe Ua Kea O Hana

7. Waikiki Hula

8. Holoholo Ka'a

9. Ku`U Home O Keaukaha

10. Kau `Ele Makule / C-A-T

11. Meleana E

12. Ku'u Hoa

13. My Sweet Sweetie

14. Na Moku `Eha

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Track List: Hawaii Rough Rider (Single)

1. Hawaii Rough Rider

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I love love love Mr. Willie K.... he is amazing! I have seen him on Maui many times. One of my favorites was at Mulligans on the Blue . He sang as his daughter danced the Hula... It was wonderful... . Thank you for a great time!
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I heard him sing "Amazing Grace" at Kobe's on Maui during their Karaoke Night in the bar. MESMERIZING! You could hear a pin drop in the whole restaurant. A true God given talent!!!
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Oh my goodness!!! Never heard this or of him, AMAZING!!!!! I love it!!!
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I remember him back when he went as Billy. He went dancing with Cindy M at "Tiki's".
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This is B-RAD in Denver, Colorado Tuesday July 16th. I could not Recall Willie K off the Bat from Memory. However I am FOREVER KAMA'AINA TO DA CORE BRA! I Stay da'kine, NANAKULI, WAIAN'AE! MAKAHA, Long Time Cus. I was Ha'Nai Bra by O'Mana Noa. Where I Met Sonny Noa, Billy Pa'nui, A'TA, Keoki, A Pua'lawa where 1 day/night turned Life Threatening so Not Everyone did I meet 'un like me. When I left I was Joyous; Yet Crying at the Same Time. I Mostly da'kine, Nanakuli Hao'le 5th Rd. Kawao Ave
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rdsinc1
Would really love to hear his rock and roll that he played in his early days in the Lahaina bars in the early eighties. He really rocked and the blend with traditional Hawaian sounds were the best!
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giacasto
glad to hear he is still performing on Maui.. my home:) even if I stay mainland now.
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wkaser
Willie K is my Maui Soul Bro!!! He plays Mulligan's on the Blue in Wialea and Cassanova's in Makawao. It ain't Maui without Willie!!!!
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This is a bit different than the normal genre of music in which i enjoy....but I like this! Thanks Pandora
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giacasto
he is awesome.. Hapas has been closed for ages.. what is he doing now I wonder?
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Bra last time I saw you was at pizza hut with pastor Laki :)

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