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William Awihilima Kahaiali'i, known as Willie K, (1961 – May 19, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. His music genres were blues, rock, Hawaiian, and opera. He was born in Lahaina, Maui.
In 1993, Willie began to work with Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom that would last for nine years. They recorded, performed, and toured together, and also shared a personal relationship. Their recordings won seven Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. In 2005, Willie's reunion album with Gilliom, Amy & Willie Live, was nominated for a Grammy in the first year of the Best Hawaiian Music Album award.
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- Olena Heu and Melissa Chang (2014-10-26). "Amy Hanaiali‘i and Willie K are reunited". http://www.frolichawaii.com/stories/amy-hanaialii-willie-k-are-reunited/.
- "Archived copy". http://williek.com/artist/awards/.
- Schweizer, Laura (2 April 2019). "Willie K. shares his healing process, citing the 'power of prayer'". KITV. https://www.kitv.com/story/40241252/willie-k-shares-his-healing-process-citing-the-power-of-prayer.
- Wilma Consul (2005-02-11). "Hawaiian Music Makes Its Grammy Debut". http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/06/21/news/story02.html.
- "Willie K diagnosed with lung cancer, cancels performances". Hawaii News Now. February 5, 2018. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37422426/willie-k-diagnosed-with-lung-cancer-cancels-performances.
- Hawaiian music icon Willie K has passed away