HAROLD K. HAKUOLE

Posted On December 12th, 2010 -

HAROLD K. HAKUOLE

November 30, 2010

Harold Kaheakulani Hakuole, 80, of Honolulu, died November 30, 2010, at Avalon Care Center. He was born August 8, 1930, in Honolulu. He is fondly remembered as a popular singer, arranger, recording artist, and musician known for his playing of the steel guitar, guitar, `ukulele and bass. He performed in some of Hawai`i’ best known venues, including the Halekulani Hotel, with many of Hawai`i’s best and most famous artists. Harold was raised in Kalihi and went to St. Louis School. As messages of condolences come in from all over the world, we are reminded that for more than two decades, he did most of the arrangements for Hawaiian music recordings on the Tradewinds Records label. He also played on many recordings, including “Two Slack-Key Guitars,” which featured Gabby Pahinui and Leland “Atta” Isaacs. Noelani Kanoho Mahoe recalled that she first worked on a recording with Harold in 1958 and that he was subsequently involved in one way or another on every recording she produced. Others recalled that he was also very witty, a fun-loving man with a famous smile, and with whom everyone loved to perform. “Harold was one of the nicest, funniest, most sincere human beings I have ever known,” said New Jersey performer Bill Wynne, a frequent Hawai`i visitor, guitarist and falsetto singer. Longtime friend and fellow singer/songwriter Keith Haugen said Harold had a repertoire of Hawaiian songs to be envied. “And he was a musician’s musician,” Haugen said, “loved and admired by all.” Harold is survived by wife, Doreen; son, James (Jill Leong) Hakuole; daughter, Donnie-Len (Effren) Cordero; step-son, Robert Myers of Honolulu; step-daughter, Doreen Myers of Michigan; and seven grandchildren. He retired after 30 years with Pan American Airlines and retired after 15 years at the Kamehameha Schools. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 14, at Borthwick Mortuary. Visitation at 3:30; prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by a reception. Aloha attire.


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