Malani Bilyeu, founding member of Kalapana, dies

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One of the founding members of the legendary local band Kalapana has died.

Family members say Malani Bilyeu passed away Thursday after a heart attack.

He was one of the last remaining original members of Kalapana.

The band came together in the 70s and created hit songs like “When the Morning Comes”, “Naturally”, “You make it Hard”, and “The Hurt.”

“He was so talented and yet humble, it just came natural to him,” said his cousin Donna Mercado Kim. “He just enjoyed singing and performing and he was also so comical. We would laugh and joke.”

Bilyeu was 69-years-old.

He is survived by his wife and seven kids.

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