Genoa Keawe was a true cultural treasure.
Known as “Aunty” she was one of the top female Hawaiian falsetto singers. A recipient of numerous awards and grandmother to 40 grand children, she was much more than just a singer. Keawe was a beloved Hawaii icon living and representing aloha.
Learning the Hawaiian language, from her mother in-law Keawe was quoted in the Star Bulletin, that it helped her better understand the nuances of the Hawaiian songs she sang and later became famous for. Keawe was a mentor and inspiration to many younger musicians and performers. She always shared her time encouraging the next generation to respect and learn the Hawaiian language. Keawe’s generous spirit will live on through her music and the many performers that she inspired to carry on her entertaining traditions.
Photo By Star Bulletin
Posted by: Abby Lapointe on Feb 26, 2008