Best Male Musician, Winner Willie K Address: PO Box 1454, Wailuku, HI 96793 Website: http://www.williek.com Having worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Cecilio and Kapono while scooping up multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards, Willie Kahaiali’i resides in that tier of Maui musicians whose accomplishments are louder than the actual music. But rest on his laurels he does not. With tons of gigs on-island, including an occasional appearance at the MACC, Kahaiali’i continues to be one of Maui’s hardest working musicians. In addition to his phenomenal guitar skills, he’s incredibly versatile as a musician, which leads to a unique, genre-spanning sound. KB
MALE MUSICIAN, Winner Willie K Address: PO Box 1454, Wailuku, HI 96793 Website: http://www.williek.com Catch yourself singing “Kachi Kachi Music Makawao” as you head up Haleakala Highway? Or “You Ku’uipo” when possessed by the trilling thrills of love? Thank Willie Kahaiali’i. Oh wait, you have, by again voting him best of the kane crooners. He’s the only Maui boy I know who can waltz up to a karaoke mic and take over the night with his own tunes (as I’ve luckily borne witness). Not that he needs to. Gigging regularly from Mulligan’s to the MACC, his altruistic side also places him at oodles of charity events, including his own Willie K. Celebrity Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department. He’s worked with such notables as B.B. King, Santana, Willie Nelson, Prince, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and can also boast a stack of Na Hoku Hanohano awards and Grammy nominations. Too, how many Christmas albums are worth caring about? It’s a short list, but Willie’s on it.
MALE MUSICIAN, Winner Willie K Address: PO Box 1454, Wailuku, HI 96793 Website: http://www.williek.com Uncle Willie K is the Wonka of on-isle ear candy. His operatic pipes and six-string samurai skills never fail to both bring down the house and its patrons to their feet. Whether solo or with his band, he’s a magic man when it comes to Maui music and is the only person on Earth who’ll make you want to hear “O Holy Night” any time of year. Plus, he proved his acting chops are worth his weight in gold (which, for such an imposing man, is saying something) with his starring role in the local flick Get A Job--so it’s no wonder he’s the perennial pick for Best Male Musician.