Aunty Keawe: One Tradition Ends, Another May Begin Hawaiian songstress "Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe, an icon of traditional music in the islands, died Monday at her home on Oahu. Keawe had been a mainstay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. This week, her granddaughter will replace her on stage and try to keep her traditional Hawaiian music alive.
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Aunty Keawe: One Tradition Ends, Another May Begin

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Aunty Keawe: One Tradition Ends, Another May Begin

Aunty Keawe: One Tradition Ends, Another May Begin

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The Hawaiian songstress, "Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe, an icon of traditional music in the islands, died Monday at her home on Oahu.

Before her cancer made her too sick to perform, Keawe had been a mainstay every Thursday night at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. This week, her granddaughter, Pomaika'I, 26, will replace her on stage and try to keep her traditional Hawaiian music alive.