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MAYOR HANNEMANN SENDS CONDOLENCES

TO FAMILY OF AUNTY GENOA KEAWE

Mayor Mufi Hannemann sends his condolences to the family of Hawaiian music legend Aunty Genoa Keawe.  Mayor Hannemann is a longtime family friend and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

 “I have always looked up to Aunty Genoa as a member of our church and a family friend,” Mayor Hannemann said. “As I grew up in her shadow, I experienced her tireless efforts as an entertainer and a leader in the community. Aunty Genoa gave so much to people, especially through her music. She always showed compassion and concern for others. When I visited her in the hospital a week ago, she graciously asked about my health and that of my family.”

Mayor Hannemann said Aunty Genoa should be remembered for her kindness and contributions to Hawaiian music, and as a symbol of Hawaii’s culture.

“Aunty Genoa was an icon in the Hawaiian music scene for more than 50 years, and her signature falsetto voice and tremendous repertoire captivated audiences everywhere,” Mayor Hannemann said. “She was a true island treasure who served as an important resource for scores of local musicians.”

 

Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Monday, February 25, 2008

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