HONOLULU - "All about the music" - that's how bandmates remember Malani Bilyeu, founder of the legendary group Kalapana. Bilyeu's funeral service was held on Saturday at Kawaiahao Church.

Family and friends gathered to honor the memory of the man behind lyrics that inspired fellow musicians and fans for more than 40 years. State Senator Donna Mercado Kim is his cousin and recalls his humility and devotion to family despite his celebrity success. "No matter how famous he got, no matter how popular Kalapana got, he never would not play at a family get-together, or do little things for the family," she remembers.

 Bilyeu died at the age of 69 on Kauai.