From David Kamakahi:

Aloha Everyone.

This is the most difficult post I've ever had to make. Hawaii has lost one of its greatest sons today. Legendary musician & composer, loving husband, father, and grandfather, Dennis David Kamakahi , passed away at the Queens Medical Center at 4:30pm. After his battle with cancer, he was surrounded by family and close friends, with the background filled with the music of Gabby Pahinui and The Sons of Hawaii. We cried, we prayed, we laughed, we sang for him his many songs that he wrote and also favorites of his own. Memorial services have not been set at this time. We will post any updates through

We, the family, understand the need for his fans around the world to say their farewells. We invite you to post any messages for him or our family on his Facebook page. We appreciate all your support during this journey, we love you all. Our family is not prepared for any press statements at this time. Please respect our privacy during this difficult time. Aloha Ke Akua - God is Love.