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The Hawaiian singer "Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe passed away yesterday in her home on the island of Oahu, she was 89.

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Ms. GENOA LEILANI KEAWE (Singer): (Singer) Old photograph (unintelligible). Oh, paper lay…


Keawe began performing her songs before World War II at officer's clubs and bandstands around Hawaii. She went on to record dozens of albums. It was her sweet falsetto in the song "Alika" that became her signature sound.

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SIEGEL: Keawe had cancer and before she became too sick to perform, she'd been a mainstay every Thursday night at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. This week, her 26-year-old granddaughter, Pomaika'I, will replace her on stage and try to keep her traditional Hawaiian music alive.

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Ms. KEAWE: (Singing) You would be (unintelligible) me again. It's time to break along (unintelligible). (Uninteligible) on the waters blue. That's the Hawaiian way of saying welcome back to you some day, some day.

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