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William Awihilima Kahaiali'i, known as Willie K,[1] (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.[2]

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.[3] Their recordings won seven Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.[4][5] 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.[6]

In February 2018, Willie K was diagnosed with lung cancer.[7] In April 2019, Willie announced that it was terminal.[4] He died a month later on 19 May 2020, aged 59.[8]


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