Remembering Dennis KamakahiUPDATED 10:50 PM HST Apr 28, 2014Video Transcript
Dennis Kamakahi lost his battle with cancer this afternoon. KITV4's Brenton Awa has this remembrance. Many consider Dennis Kamakahi as one of the most prolific song-writers of his generation -- A master of the slack key guitar and a natural musician. 1133 - AARON MAHI FRIEND "FROM OUR TIME, FROM OUR CHILDHOOD GROWING UP, OH DENNIS IS THE BEST, BY FAR THE BEST." Kamakahi is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools -- He composed hundreds of mele -- old style Hawaiian music. Leading to his induction in the Hawaiian music Hall of fame -- multiple grammy awards and several Na Hoku Hanohano wins. 1336 - 1447 - AARON MAHI - FRIEND "DENNIS HAD THIS ABILITY... ...HE'D START WRITING DOWN YOU KNOW." Kamakahi was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last month. He died today... Kamakahi's friends say it'll take a while before the void he leaves behind is filled. 3228 TAPE 1 - George Kahumoku Jr. - Friend "I LIVE IN ... IT'S PRETTY DARK ON THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE BUT I SAW THIS BIG WHITE LIGHT UP IN THE SKY... ...THE AUMAKUA WAS COMING TO GET HIM ALREADY." 1530 - 1554 "ALL OF A SUDDEN I SAID TO HIM IN HAWAIIAN...TH EN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WENT." While Kamakahi's first recording was released more than 40-years ago -- his friends say waiting to see what song Dennis would come up with next is what they'll miss the most. And now -- they'll have to wait a while longer -- before finding out. 1428 - TAPE 1 - Skylark Rossetti - Friend "HE'S SITTING WITH GABBY PAHINUI, LEELAND ATA ISAACS, SUNNY CHILLINGSWORTH AND THEY'RE ALL JAMMING. Dennis Kamakahi was 61-years-old. Some of his most famous songs include "Pua Hone," " Wahine 'Ilikea," and "Koke'e." Kamakahi is survived by his wife and three children.