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 (@Sandra) 1540213421.0
Not everyone agreed it was okay to alter the anthem.
@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 on Gab & Parler (@Clarissima @Clarissima on Gab & Parler) 1540214272.0
It's hard to respectfully please everyone.