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About the Artist

One of the most asked questions in the last few years at The Mountain Apple Company is "what is Willie K really like---who is he, really?" Years ago, when he charged on the Hawaiian music scene, everyone was talking about this overnight success story. In the entertainment business an overnight success sometimes takes decades of hard work and sacrifice. That more accurately reflects Willie K's story.

Raised on Maui, Willie experienced the music business first hand. His father, one of the most respected Hawaiian musicians, recruited Willie by the age of 11 to play in his band. It was at the age of ten that the family moved from Oahu to Maui, and to make new friends fast, Willie picked up the ukulele and began to play. His father taught him vibes and bass. He continues to master instruments in the same manner. Jon de Mello quips, "If Willie doesn't know how to play an instrument you'd like to have on the recording, hand him the instrument, go to lunch, and when you return from your meal, Willie will have mastered the instrument and is ready to record".

By his high school graduation, Willie was playing in as many as 8 bands--country and western, salsa, rhythm and blues and he had discovered Santana and Jimi Hendrix. A few years later he moved to San Francisco determined to make it in the music scene.

The Hawaiian community in California discovered Willie when he opened for groups such as C&K. Frustrated by the scene in San Francisco, Willie moved back to Maui where he performed solo for the next few years. He pondered his options and again with renewed determination, focused on recording an album of his own. His first three albums changed the direction of contemporary Hawaiian music. He swept up Hoku Awards from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts and continued to record for a new company, Round Island Records. After two more recording efforts and once again discouraged by the business, he took a break from recording his own music and hooked up with a new talent, Amy Hanaiali'i. He has produced three albums with Amy for The Mountain Apple Company. He earned more Hk Awards for his efforts when Amy's albums won Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Song of the Year and Hawaiian Album of the Year awards.

Over the years, Willie K has also been a prolific composer. His collaborations with Amy Hnaiali'i over the past few years have been received by his public with open arms, and an entire new world of fans opened up because of Amy and Willie's magic. The fans love the electricity of these two performers on both compact disc and stage.

This year while working on Amy's new album, Willie filled the studio with his own music. Between takes and when Amy had other business to take care of, Willie kept the recorder going and finished a Christmas album, Willie Kalikimaka.

Willie Kalikimaka reflects Willie's favorite songs for the season and fulfills the public's demand for his version of O Holy Night recorded some years back as a single. O Holy Night is the most requested Christmas song according to local disc jockeys throughout the State and is finally available on CD again.

Away in a Manger was almost completely recorded when Willie K ran into Willie Nelson on Maui. The conversation resulted a duet on this incredible rendition of this Christmas classic and an experience that will be etched in to Willie K's musical career. The song was complete within 72 hours of their meeting. The common language of music created an instant friendship.

Nothing in this world makes Willie K happier than creating music. At the end of a full summer of recording, Willie claimed to have had the best summer of his life. It is now as we approach the last Christmas celebration of the millennium that we aim to make your Christmas the best season of your year. BAND_MEMBERS: Willie K (vocals, guitars, 'ukulele, bass, 8-string bass, percussion, sake bottle, shotglass); Willie Nelson (guitar); Amy Hanaiali'i (background vocals); Bobby Ingano (steel guitar); James Ganeko (drums); Michelle Romero (cello); Kim Mackenzie (violin)


1. Mele Kalikimaka
2. Christmas Island
3. What Child is This (Greensleeves)
4. Christmas Bells
5. Away In A Manger
6. Reggae Christmas
7. Silent Night
8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
9. The Little Drummer Boy/Ring Your Christmas Bells
10. Unto Us Is Born A King
11. Merry Christmas
12. O Holy Night
13. Song of Christmas

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mountain Apple
  • ASIN: B00003GR68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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He is very versitile.
Eric Reinert
Bought this for my mom to have for the holidays and she just loved it!
HollywoodBettie
Willie K has the most amazing voice since Elvis.
George Tanner

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Reinert on January 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I saw him play live on Maui in a small night club. What I saw him play there was INCREDIBLE! This guy rips! I mean RIPS! What you hear on this album is nothing compared to what he can really do. In my opinion this guy should be much more famous than he really is. When he played live he did tons of cover tunes of Stevie Ray Vauhgan and the likes. TRUST ME!...he blows away Eddie Van Halen or any other guitar hero. He is very versitile. If only I could find his albums with those cover tunes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Tyndal on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Willie K's version of "O Holy Night" four years ago when visiting family in Hawaii and immediately fell in love with it. It has always been my favorite Christmas song. I also enjoy Willie's regular Hawaiian music and to have the two combined was a joy. His version of this song gave me chills (or as the Hawaiians say "chicken skin") and brought tears to my eyes. I loved this whole CD, but I would have bought it just to have "O Holy Night".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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Willie K is one of the greatest musicians in Hawaii. This Christmas album is truly unique and for those of us who live in Hawaii - it tells the story of Christmas the way we live it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MKKAuriga on January 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Excellent source for powerfully performed Hawaiian Christmas music.

Especially O Holy Night
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ogopogo on November 24, 2008
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Willie K's version of O Holy Night is, IMHO, hands-down the absolutely BEST pop version of this song I've ever heard. He also sings a verse or two in Hawaiian and the instrumental back-up is superb. Worth the price of the whole album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea L. Bygrave on October 30, 2004
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I bought this purely on impulse last year at Kilohana in Redondo Beach...and it beat the pants off every other Xmas CD I've heard...Willie K's enthusiasm and delight in the holiday spirit are contagious. This year it's definitely going to be our company's holiday hold music ;-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Tanner on January 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Christmas album ever. Willie K has the most amazing voice since Elvis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Luckey on January 12, 2009
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This album reflects the great versatility of Hawaiian songman, William Kahaiali'i. From Rock to Rigoleto, he is right at home. If he ever gets to your town for a concert, run don't walk to the nearest ticket counter.

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