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U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele's Statement on the Passing of Robert Kaleimomi Kekaula

June 19, 2021

HILO, HI – U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) issued the following statement today on the passing of Robert Kaleimomi Kekaula:

“It is with a heavy heart that I learned of Robert’s passing - a man with a larger than life personality, abounding talent and pure aloha. Many will remember him as a trusted face and voice in local news who informed families across the state every evening with his colorful aloha shirts and latest updates on all things happening around Hawaiʻi and in the sports arena. 

“I will never forget Robert’s exceptional live news coverage of the 1996 NCAA men’s volleyball championship game in UCLA, where he spent time with me and my University of Hawaiʻi teammates in Los Angeles. He shared his passion for sports with us and love for local music and we enjoyed a memorable kanikapila session. 

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to his ‘ohana, friends, and news family. He touched many lives with his spirit of aloha. Thank you Robert for your immeasurable contributions to Hawaiʻi media and to our community. You will be forever missed.”