About Willie K
Imagine what it feels like to be near an erupting volcano with red hot lava flowing to the sea, exploding at contact with the ocean. Imagine the energy of standing at the base of a 300 foot waterfall that is thundering down upon you with mist and rain. What would it sound like to be 10,000 feet up a volcano, above the clouds witnessing the sun rise from the ocean through the clouds. Powerful, natural, diverse and unpredictable as Hawaii’s forces of nature… This is Willie K
Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali`i (a.k.a. Willie K) has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10. He has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer, songwriter, entertainer, and now actor. One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie performs a myriad of musical genres, including Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera. He has played with or opened for musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson, Jimmy Buffett and more. In 2009 he toured Germany with Simply Red, and in 2013 held his first Uncle Willie K’s BBQ Blues Festival in Maui featuring Elvin Bishop, Angela Strehli, and Steven Tyler. During his 2nd Annual Blues Fest, Willie brought Billy F Gibbons, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons and legendary bluesman Robert Belfour to the stage. Willie released his first CD, “Kahaiali’i” in 1992 and has since earned multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards for his many CD recordings and was also a Grammy Music Awards nominee. His latest CD “Warehouse Blues” was finally released in October 2011. The long-awaited Blues album, full of all original songs won Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Willie’s latest CD recorded in Berlin Germany has hit the airwaves with popular tunes “With or Without You”, “Have I Told You” and “Sarah Smile”, all with an ukulele twist, hence the name “Twisted Ukulele”. Some of Willie’s other activities include his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, now in its 10th year, that benefits the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department to assist patients with hardships. He has also partnered with the National Kidney Foundation as Hawaii’s spokesperson to help inform and educate the community about Kidney Disease and early detection.
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