HAWAII MVP: Audy Kimura
A dedicated musician, composer, and worker, Kimura has been strumming his guitar for guests at Hy's Steak House since 1987.
HONOLULU - "There are lovers, there are friends.." and then there's Audy Kimura.
For almost three decades now, this popular musician has hit all the right notes at Hy's Steak House in Waikiki.
Beyond the flames of Kiawe broiled steaks and cabinets of fine wines, guest will hear a familiar melody playing in the midst.
"Its so nostalgic.. brings back memories.. good times when we were younger," Kay Mukaigawa said.
For nearly two decades now, Mukaigawa and her husband have been dining at Hy's, listening to the harmonic sounds of musician Audy Kimura.
"We won't come here on a day that Audy is not playing," Mukaigawa said.
A dedicated musician, composer, and worker, Kimura has been strumming his guitar for guests at Hy's since 1987.
"When people think of Hy's, they think of steaks, Kiawe and Audy," Marc Nezu, General Manager of Hy's Steakhouse said. "I can probably count on one hand how many times he has missed a shift here at Hy's."
While the food comes and goes it's the impression Kimura makes that creates friendships to last a lifetime.
"What I remember most about him is I didn't come back for maybe a year and he remembered me and I thought, 'Oh, he's being polite,' but he talked about what we talked about a year ago.. and I thought my god--this guy-- I mean he's so sincere," Mukaigawa said.
While hundreds of his "friends" from near and far come just to hear him play, a humble Kimura says he has always considered himself an "unlikely musician."
"I never intended to be a musician.. my brother and I had a guitar teacher and he told my parents that my brother was a real natural on the guitar and he didn't think I was cut out to be a guitar player so I quit," Kimura said.
But Kimura's journey didn't end, eventually he went on to produce, compose and engineer three award winning albums.
"I love music and I love the people here that come and visit our restaurant.. they are the ones that keep me going," Kimura said."
Like a tune that stays in your head, for many, it's Kimura's friendship that will never fade.
"He's comfort. He's aloha. He's the reason people want to come back to Hawaii," Mukaigawa said.