He touched the lives of so many people.
That was apparent at a gathering held for retired KHON2 anchor and reporter, Kirk Matthews.
“Uncle Kirk” appeared frail, but in typical fashion, found a way to make you laugh.
“I apologize for the Julia Child impression, but that’s just the way my voice turned. Probably a good thing I retired when I did!” Kirk joked.
Kirk was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
“Prognosis is difficult. But I will tell you this. If I hadn’t done chemotherapy – and this is true – the doctor said he would reserve a space in hospice for me. It was that close. We’re fighting back,” he said.
Nearly 200 friends, family members, and former colleagues filled HASR Bistro in downtown Honolulu Sunday afternoon to sing and “talk story” with the veteran broadcaster.
Put together by “Friends of Kirk,” the benefit will help the Matthews’ with medical expenses.
HASR Bistro donated the space for the gathering.
“Knowing that friends care is the most gratifying, wonderful pill we could ever take,” said wife Linda.
“The love and support of Linda and everybody… From professional, all the way down to my next door neighbors. For whatever reason, they care about me,” Kirk added.
Sunday’s benefit was about laughter, good company, and music: lots of good music.
It’s what Uncle Kirk misses the most.
“Honestly? Not being able to sing… I love to sing. I love music. While I get to play a bit today, I don’t get to sing. I miss that,” he admitted.
But AARP Hawaii Director Bruce Bottorf says “He’s got a voice. That will always be heard. Whether or not he uses it in song or as a journalist, or in the community connecting with folks, the voice of Kirk Matthews will never be silenced.”
“Him singing the blues. In karaoke, we had so much fun! He brought the house down. He was always like that,” added singer Melveen Leed, who performed at the benefit.
Kirk says he’s carrying “positive thoughts,” and wants you to know:
“I still go to Longs, so when you see me there, with or without the hat… be sure to say hello.”If you want donate you can send them by mail to:
“Friends of Kirk” P.O. Box 2449 Honolulu, HI 96804 Bank of HawaiiOr, you can donate at any Bank of Hawaii location, be sure to mention “Friends of Kirk.”