HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii’s Danny Kaleikini, who captivated audiences for decades on stage and in radio, TV and film, has passed away peacefully this morning.
The entertainer died at 85 years old in a hospice.
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Kaleikini was born on Oct. 10, 1937, and raised on Hawaiian Homestead Land in Papakolea.
His journey as a professional performer began early when he was just a freshman at the University of Hawaii. At that time he was singing at the Royal Hawaiian hotel.
As Kaleikini’s career took off he became a prolific radio, TV and recording artist, and appeared in two motion pictures.
In 1988, then-Gov. John Waihee officially proclaimed Kaleikini as “Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha.”
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A memorial service for Kaleikini is pending.