Maui’s Hawaiian Superman, Henry “Boy” Kana’e Takes Final Flight

December 2, 2008, 9:00 AM HST · Updated January 5, 2:01 PM
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Family and friends of our own Maui Hawaiian Superman, Uncle Henry “Boy” Kana’e are mourning his loss. The long time radio personality, cultural advocate, minister, and champion of community outreach, left his mark with a larger than life presence.

Henry "Boy" Kana'e

The 55-year-old broadcaster served as an emcee for numerous community events, an outreach coordinator for the elderly, a counselor to those in need, and a secret Santa to low-income families during the holidays.

Kana’e was also recognized for his work as Maui Manager for the former Aloha Festivals and an all around ambassador of aloha in his daily life. Kana’e’s radio career spanned nearly 15 years.

In remembrance of her longtime radio partner and friend, KPOA Program Director Alaka’i Paleka played a musical tribute to Kana’e this morning and fielded numerous calls from faithful listeners showing an outpouring of love and support upon learning of Kana’e’s passing.

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During an earlier interview with Kana’e he had described his work on the state’s first FM Hawaiian music station as a rewarding outlet to perpetuate the culture of Hawaii. Those who knew him were familiar with his “Boy-isms.”  One of his favorite things to say was: “If it’s not going to the right, take it to the left.” In other words, whatever you’re doing, if it’s not going right, take it to the left where your heart is, because your heart is love and love is God. “If you always follow your heart, you’ll always get love, and you’ll always have God,” he would say.

It is with heavy hearts that the Pacific Radio Group family wishes Uncle Boy a heartfelt aloha.

(Posted: 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 02, 2008  © Wendy Osher, Pacific Radio Group)

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