A Tribute To A Hawaiian Music Legend

Bill and Skye 1 (Cropped)

Wynne presented a tribute to his friend, Hawaiian music icon Genoa Keawe, in honor of her 100th birthday.  For one magical evening, Wynne turned a New Jersey performing arts center into a vintage 1970s Waikiki showroom. With leis fresh from Cindy’s Lei Shop in Honolulu and hula courtesy of dear friends Pomaika`i Klein and Skye Randazzo, on the evening of November 17, 2018 Wynne presented a nearly three-hour multimedia tribute to his friend and musical hero, Genoa Keawe. Although everyone simply referred to her as “Aunty Genoa,” Wynne refers to her as the “Godmother of All Hawaiian Music” for there isn’t anyone of his generation who does not pay a debt of gratitude to Aunty Genoa for her influence, innovation, and endurance in Hawaiian music and her importance to the culture.

Courtesy of a 12′ by 9′ screen, Wynne offered audio and video and audio of Aunty Genoa – even doing a duet with her for his grand finale, Keawe’s tour-de-force signature tune, “`Alika.” And to our knowledge it is the first ever performance of Hawaiian music and hula to offer Hawaiian lyrics with English subtitles courtesy of this same technology.

Check out the videos below for highlights from this amazing evening.

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