Hawaiians are known for their unique sound when it comes to classic songs. Everyone remember the late great Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole's rendition hybrid of Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World?
Now we can welcome a singer who goes by the name Willie K to the national stage. Over the weekend, he performed the national anthem before a crowd at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.. The unique take had heads turning. While Willie K might be well known on the island, this is the first time some of us on the mainland are getting to see his talents.
ICYMI: Talk about #LiveAlohaPlayWarrior 💪🏼🔥Not letting his battle with cancer over the last few months get him down… https://t.co/lCcNZ10WSz— Spectrum Sports HI (@Spectrum Sports HI)1540191011.0
As a guitarist, Willie K is no stranger to playing on big stages having performed with such acts such as Prince, Santana, ZZ Top, and Journey.
He tells the University of Hawaii:
For a local boy who idolized all these people when he's growing up, you never see yourself in that place, ever."
People are already looking to the Super Bowl.
@specsportshi World Series or Super Bowl! Or BOTH! So beautiful!— ckf (@ckf)1540202511.0
@specsportshi We need to get him to the Super Bowl!— No No (@No No)1540196121.0
That shouldn't be hard with these new fans.
@specsportshi Lovely, authentic, real— Cynthia Asghar (@Cynthia Asghar)1540208631.0
@specsportshi You can not sing the anthem like this without deep love for your country. Bravo.— FactsMatter314 (@FactsMatter314)1540210427.0
@specsportshi Beautiful!— Sally Babigian (@Sally Babigian)1540208879.0
@specsportshi Awesome! It gave me chills!!— Sandra E Templeton (@Sandra E Templeton)1540213421.0
@specsportshi How can you not #believe when you hear a voice as #beautiful as his. #williek has the voice of an #angel #SimplyTheBest— B. Humble (@B. Humble)1540194790.0
@specsportshi 🔥👍🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 https://t.co/wsA4kkFo5h— AWRORA🗽🌎☀️ (@AWRORA🗽🌎☀️)1540220556.0
The best version of our National Anthem I’ve heard in awhile sang by Willie K at the Nevada-Hawaii game.… https://t.co/50BJUfUC4s— Timothy Hopkins (@Timothy Hopkins)1540185977.0
Not everyone agreed it was okay to alter the anthem.
@bennyjohnson Although it sounded nice, shouldn't the national anthem just be the national anthem, you can't change… https://t.co/gZw5iJFDG8— B. Huizenga (@B. Huizenga)1540216386.0
@bennyjohnson N O ! ! !— Kenneth Underwood (@Kenneth Underwood)1540214976.0
@bennyjohnson A nation’s flag and anthem should never be messed with. #respect— Joe Gosselin (@Joe Gosselin)1540218723.0
@bennyjohnson Sorry, I would have to disagree, he murdered your anthem, which I love.— Clarissima (@Clarissima)1540214272.0
@bennyjohnson Great job of singing the National Anthem but he forgot to remove his hat.— Mikey S (@Mikey S)1540206690.0
@bennyjohnson The National Anthem shouldn’t be ‘interpreted’ with this much renditioning...would prefer his talents… https://t.co/norzG0W73f— Hubinion.com (@Hubinion.com)1540204664.0
It's hard to respectfully please everyone.